Oakland Public Library is participating in California Reads this year. California Reads is a state-wide read, and provides a springboard to think about and discuss ideas using thought-provoking books about issues that are of importance to our state.
This year, the theme is the veteran experience, with two goals:
- increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served
- spark a public conversation on how best we can support the process of reincorporating our veterans into the fabric of civilian life
We're one of 43 libraries throughout California to be awarded the grant, and we're working with some partner agencies to plan programs and a essay contest with Veterans for Peace East Bay and the Unsung Heroes Oral History Project.
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