The in Highland Park has prepared a slate of programs to engage locals in Cal-Reads, a statewide program developed by the California Center for the Book and the California State Library with the mission of using five diverse books to encourage community discussion around a single topic.
This month's topic is Searching for Democracy and the five selected books revolve around that broad theme while addressing slightly different topics.
The Arroyo Seco Library will focus on Rebecca Solnit's A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster. In Paradise, a nonfiction narrative, Solnit reports on how communities rely on how the democratic process helps communities recover from catastrophic events.
The library will host events throughout July revolving around Paradise, culminating with a discussion of the book itself.
From the Arroyo Seco Library:
July 3 – Red Cross Disaster Safety Puppet Show at 4:00
Learn from your favorite Sesame Street characters just what to do in an emergency. This educational & entertaining presentation is aimed at children so bring all your kids. The show is part of a series of presentations focusing on disaster & disaster response and is one of our California Reads programs.
July 7 – Red Cross Preparedness Presentation at 3:00
Learn how you can be ready for any emergency. Everyone is welcome. This is part of a series of presentations focusing on disaster & disaster response and is part of our California Reads programming.
July 21 – Movie Showing at 3:00
Come to a free screening of a documentary. Join us as we continue to explore the theme of disaster. Call the library for event details (323-255-0537). This is part of a series of presentations focusing on disaster & disaster response and is part of our California Reads programming.
July 28 – Arroyo Book Club Discussion of A Paradise Built in Hell by Solnit at 3:00
Description: Join the Arroyo Book Club for our monthly book discussion. This month we reflect upon community response to disaster as we discuss the California Reads selection, A Paradise Built in Hell by Solnit. Stop by the library for a copy of the book anytime in July.