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Buena Park Reads 2016


Our sixth annual Buena Park Reads is underway. Every year we read one book together as a community. This year’s selection is Gail Tsukiyama’s The Samurai’s Garden, a poignant story set in 1930s Japan.

Stephen is a young Chinese painter who goes to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from tuberculosis. There, he meets Matsu, a master gardener, and Sachi, a beautiful woman with leprosy, who change his life profoundly.

Be a part of this communal reading experience by reading this year’s selection (we have several copies at the library) and then joining us for one of our book discussion meetings in April.


Live Chat with the Author of “Weekends with Daisy”

CaptureThursday, April 24, at 1 pm

Do you have a question for the author or thoughts on the book you would like to share?
Join us for a lively discussion of this year’s Buena Park Reads Together selection, “Weekends with Daisy” and a live phone chat with the author, Sharon Kahn Luttrell!

Weekends with Daisy
by Sharron Kahn Luttrell

“A deceptively simple but powerful   account of family bonds, friendship, and the special relationship we have with dogs.” —Kirkus Reviews

After the death of her own beloved dog, journalist Sharron Luttrell decided to volunteer for the NEADS Prison PUP program, acting as a weekend trainer and foster parent for Daisy, a yellow Labrador puppy.

During the week, Daisy spent her days in prison, living and training with an   inmate named Keith who, like the other inmates in the program, sought         rehabilitation through training dogs to be service animals for the disabled.

Luttrell could never have anticipated how her weekends with Daisy and her unlikely bond with the man who shared Daisy’s training would change her life.

 Check out our Buena Park Reads Together schedule of events HERE

This April: Buena Park Reads Together!

This April, the Library will be holding its third annual community wide event

This year’s selection is When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Told from five different points of view, it is a novel chronicling the internment experiences of a Japanese American family during World War II.

This program is designed to get the entire community reading and discussing the same book.  It is our hope that the community will gain an understanding of this event from our nation’s history, and relate it to our present lives by considering our treatment of and compassion towards the “other” in our society.

Check out a copy of this unforgettable story today and join us in April for book discussions, performances, crafts and games, movie screenings, and a special panel discussion with former internees…
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