We are honored to share San Leandro Public Library’s Book to Action series based on They Called Us Enemy by George Takei. More information about the innovative virtual series of community events can be found below. Their final event will take place on Tuesday, July 14, with Ericka Cruz Guevarra, producer of the KQED podcast, “The Bay,” interviewing the illustrator of They Called Us Enemy, Harmony Becker. Becker will discuss her creative process while contributing to the stunning graphic novel about courage, country, love, and loyalty. Thank you to Armando Rivera, Kat Kong and the San Leandro team for selecting this important title and working to re-imagine their programs as a series of virtual events. Images and details are below.
PRESS RELEASE – JUNE 2020
The San Leandro Public Library invites the community to participate in a series of virtual summer events related to the Book to Action grant that it received in Spring 2020 from The California Center for the Book. Book to Action is a framework that elevates the book club model into impactful community partnerships and thoughtful intergenerational engagement. The library has distributed to the public a limited number of copies of the graphic novel memoir, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, in both hard copy and eBook formats. In addition to hosting book discussions about the community read, the library has also coordinated several related events to dig deeper into the book’s themes surrounding identity, prejudice, and human rights:
- On Monday, June 22. From 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., the International Rescue Committee (IRC) will offer an informational session entitled, “Immigration and Know Your Rights.” IRC responds to the world’s humanitarian crises and offers awareness-raising sessions about human rights and supports educational and training spaces. All are invited to participate in this informational session by registering in advance for the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nHPVoVhfRRa2-xxHiTTquw
- On Tuesday, June 23, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Devin Katayama, a reporter covering the East Bay for KQED’s podcast, “The Bay,” will host a discussion panel with a diverse group of local community leaders. Joining Katayama are Author/Educator La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson from BARUTI Enterprises, Ishaq Pathan (the Bay Area Director of the Islamic Networks Group), Sara Ubelhart, (the small business owner of Zocalo Coffee in San Leandro), and Kayla Ladd of the International Rescue Committee. All are invited to engage in the virtual panel by registering in advance for this webinar:
- On Tuesday, July 14, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Ericka Cruz Guevarra, producer of the KQED podcast, “The Bay,” will interview the illustrator of They Called Us Enemy, Harmony Becker. Becker will discuss her creative process while contributing to the stunning graphic novel about courage, country, love, and loyalty. All are invited to view this interview by registering in advance for the webinar:
E-book copies of the graphic memoir, They Called Us Enemy, are available for circulation through the San Leandro Public Library’s Overdrive Collection.
More details about these free virtual programs are available at www.sanleandrolibrary.org or call (510) 577-3971.
About San Leandro
One of the most diverse cities in the nation located at the center of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro is a safe, vibrant community of 89,000 residents with well-maintained neighborhoods, excellent public libraries, twenty-one public parks, quality local schools, and a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The western border of the city consists of over eight miles of pristine shoreline and amenities on San Francisco Bay while a regional park and nature areas fall on the eastern border. San Leandro businesses enjoy multiple advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce. Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro (www.LitSanLeandro.com), a fiber optic network encircles San Leandro’s industrial and commercial core offering businesses virtually unlimited internet connectivity.
About Book to Action – Book to Action is a framework that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and intergenerational groups. Librarians work closely with a community partner to develop a series of programs. Community members read and discuss an engaging book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events, and put their new-found knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book.