Essay Contest for "War Comes Home" - win an iPad Mini!

Write an essay on "War in Your Life" for the chance to win an iPad Mini!

Did you know that OPL is one of 43 libraries throughout California to be awarded the California Reads grant - to help promote understanding and empathy around the veteran experience? We're working with some partner agencies to plan programs and we're doing an essay contest with Veterans for Peace East Bay. This essay contest for adults and teens is taking submissions now - and the prize for each is a iPad Mini! The guidelines and judging criteria are available here. Good luck and please let me know if you have any questions - you can email me at


I would like to add some

I would like to add some reading that cover the experience of our Chicano Vets.
One of the first books that comes to mind in is LET THEIRS SPIRITS DANCE: A NOVEL by Stella Pope Durante and Shifting loyalties by Daneil Cano.
Additional books:
Mexican Americans & World War II / edited by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez
The ghosts of Hero Street : how one smallMexican-American community gave so much in World War II and Korea / Carlos Harrison

Raza sí!, guerra no! : Chicano protest and patriotism during the Viet Nam war era / Lorena Oropeza

Vietnam veteranos : Chicanos recall the war/ Lea Ybarra ; foreword by Edward James Olmos / Lea Ybarra ; foreword by Edward James Olmos

Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon : Zoot suits, race, and riot in wartime L.A. / Eduardo Obregón Pagán

And also the women vets:
Women veterans : America's forgotten heroines / June A. Willenz
Soldier girls : the battles of three women at home and at war / Helen Thorpe

What do you think?

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