Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monterey Public Library to Collaborate with Japanese American Citizens League on "California Reads" Project

February 22, 2012
Media Contact:  Jeanne McCombs
Monterey Public Library, Monterey, California
831.646.3949 /

The Monterey Public Library, in collaboration with the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), has planned a series of reading and discussion programs as part of California Reads, a program of Cal Humanities Searching for Democracy initiative.  The book A Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, has been chosen for its examination of the theme of democracy, and will be discussed in the Monterey area.  Other titles will be discussed in every region of the state in a wide range of settings (libraries, book festivals and fairs, nonprofits and cultural organizations, bookstores, and educational institutions) from March through November.

Monterey Public Library staff will facilitate a discussion of A Farewell to Manzanar on March 19, at 6:30 p.m., and the author, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, will participate in another discussion of the book, at the Monterey Public Library on April 16, at 4 p.m.  Other activities will include an “Open House, Exhibits and Conversation” gathering at the Japanese American Citizens League Hall on April 29, at 1 p.m.  A panel discussion on the topic of Searching for Democracy: WWII and Today will bring together readers, scholars and authors, on May 19, 3 p.m. at the Library.

The Monterey Public Library is one of 51 library jurisdictions statewide that is participating in the California Reads programs, designed to animate public conversation on the nature and needs of democracy leading into the 2012 elections and beyond.  The activities are recommended for adults, teens, and children ages 10-up.  “We are encouraging everyone to read the book Farewell to Manzanar and participate in the discussions,” said Karen Brown, project coordinator and Youth Services Manager for the Monterey Public Library.  “Library staff, working with the JACL has developed a reading and resources list with other materials that relate to this topic, including DVDs, fiction and children’s books, to maximize participation across generations."

California Reads programs are made possible with support from Cal Humanities in partnership with California Center for the Book. For more information about local programs please call Karen Brown at 831.646.3477 or visit

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