A Book Discussion: What It Is Like To Go To War

Calendar Date:
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:30pm

The Monrovia Public Library has been awarded $2,000 by Cal Humanities for its California Reads Project, War Comes Home.  California Reads invites people from all walks of life throughout the State to participate in reading and discussion programs as well as related activities hosted by libraries, schools, colleges, bookstores, and other community institutions.

This year, the program focuses on the veteran experience, aiming to increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served.  In addition the program hopes to spark a public conversation on how best we can support the process of reincorporating our veterans into the fabric of civilian life. The Monrovia Public Library seeks to welcome veterans by creating places and conversation that will build connections and community in order to foster the understanding and support deserving of these brave men and women who are our neighbors, friends, and family.

The Library joins communities across the state in reading and discussing the 2014 California Reads book selection, WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR by Karl Marlantes.  Marlantes served as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals.

A community book discussion hosted by the Novel T’s Book Club will be held on September 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Library community Room. The Library is also planning other programs and events related to the War Comes Home project. All programs will take place in the fall and will be posted on the Library’s events calendar at www.cityofmonrovia/libary.org as well as on social media outlets. For more information, please contact Rebecca Elder at 626-256-8268 or relder@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

California Reads is a program of Cal Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Cal Humanities is a nonprofit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, please visit www.calhum.org