Huntington Beach Reads selects book on Lost Boys for 2010

They Poured Fire On Us From The SkyEvery year, Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force and the Huntington Beach Library engage the community, adult readers, students and families in Huntington Beach and read the same book at the same time for a community-wide experience.

This year they have picked They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky, The Story of Three Lost Boys From Sudan.  Here are some of the events they are organizing this quarter.

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CHILDREN’S HOUR – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2010

HB Reads committee members Mary Lou Hughes, LeRoy Lucian, Sheryl Crockey and Chip Royston host two separate children’s hours at the Oakview Branch Library(17251 Oak Lane), one at 2 p.m. (kindergarten through third grade) and one at 3 p.m. (fourth through fifth grade).  Following the theme of this year’s featured book, the children’s hour features interactive African Drumming, dancing, crafts projects and storytelling.  This promises to be a rollicking good time for the little ones!

DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL – 7 p.m., Thursday, February 4, 2010

HB Reads hosts the documentary film “God Grew Tired of Us.”   Winner of the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, God Grew Tired of Us is an engrossing account of John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach and Panther Blor who were orphaned by the conflict in Sudan.  They were among the 25,000 “Lost Boys” who fled villages, formed surrogate families and sought refuge from famine, disease, wild animals and rebel soldiers. Filmmakers Christopher Dillon Quinn and Tommy Walker follow John,Daniel and Panther starting in a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, across the Atlantic Ocean, to their new life in America.  Please join us at the Huntington Beach Central Library (7111 Talbert Avenue), Rooms C& D on the lower level, for a film that will enrich your reading experience of this year’s book

BOOKFAIR– Sunday, February 7 through Saturday, February 13, 2010

Barnes& Noble at the Bella Terra Mall hosts a “Bookfair” as fundraising support for Huntington Beach Reads One Book (7881 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach).  Funds are used to purchase copies of the featured book for local high school students, host readers’ events, and to bring authors to Huntington Beach.  Tell the cashier you are participating in the Bookfair for Huntington Beach Reads One Book and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the program.

This applies to any book, CD, or DVD you purchase during the Bookfair. For more information, call 714-374-5307. Help support HB Reads by making your purchases during February 7through February 13, just in time for Valentine’s Day! How about a poetry book for your valentine?

CHILDREN’S STORY TIME – 2 p.m., Monday, February 8, 2010

Bring the children for an African story time with HB Reads blogger and storyteller Mary Lou Hughes.  The HB Reads story time with Mary Lou was a big hit last year!  Bring the children to the second level of Barnes & Noble at the Bella Terra Mall (7881 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach).  Adults are welcome to listen in, too!

DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL– 7 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2010

HB Reads hosts the documentary film, “Lost Boys of Sudan.”  Lost Boys of Sudan is an Emmy-nominated,Independent Spirit Award-winning documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on their journey from Africa to America.  Safe at last from physical danger and hunger, “Lost Boys” Peter Dut and Santino Chuor find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of contemporary American suburbia.  Please join us at the Huntington Beach Central Library (7111 Talbert Avenue), Rooms C& D on the lower level, for a thought-provoking film that will enrich your reading experience of “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky”.

AUTHOR VISIT – 2 p.m.,Saturday, February 13, 2010

Meet the co-author of “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky”Judy Bernstein, second level of Barnes & Noble at the Bella Terra Mall (7881 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach).  A volunteer with the International Rescue Committee, Judy met Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng and Benjamin Ajak when they first arrived in the United States as refugees.  Her job was to mentor and help them find their way as they assimilated to life in America.  Providing each of them with notepaper, Judy asked them to write about their experiences in Sudan,resulting in “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky”.  Judy’s insight into the authors’ lives adds a new dimension to your reading of our featured book.

CHILDREN’S HOUR –3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 18, 2010

HB Reads committee members Mary Lou Hughes, LeRoy Lucian, Sheryl Crockey and Chip Royston host a children’s hour at the Tabby Story Time Theater, Huntington Beach Central Library(7111 Talbert Avenue).  Following the theme of this year’s featured book, the children’s hour features interactive African Drumming, dancing, crafts projects and storytelling.

DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL– 7 p.m., Thursday, February 18, 2010

HB Reads hosts the documentary film, “War Child.”  “Left home at the age of seven /one year later I’m carryin’ an Ak-47.” For hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal, forced to be a child soldier in Sudan’s brutal civil war,these lyrics are the story of his life.  Today, Jal fights to bring peace to Sudan. Interspersing original interviews, live concerts, and rare footage of Jal as a seven year-old boy, War Child will make viewers cry, laugh, dance, and celebrate the power of hope.  War Child was an Audience Choice Award winner at the Tribeca International Film Festival.  Please join us at the Huntington Beach Central Library(7111 Talbert Avenue), Rooms C & D on the lower level, for an engrossing film that enriches your reading experience of this year’s featured book.

INTERNATIONAL CRAFT FAIR– 6 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2010

Shop the world at an International Craft Fair and learn a little more about the people behind the craft work.  Along with great shopping, HB Reads hosts an”Acts of Compassion” program providing a glimpse into the lives of Southern California refugees.  HB Reads committee member LeRoy Lucian has put together a great evening with special guest speakers.  The International Craft Fair and “Acts of Compassion” program is at the Huntington Beach Central Library,Rooms C & D on the lower level (7111 Talbert Avenue).  Doors open to shopping at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.

AUTHOR VISIT – Thursday, March 11, 2010

HB Reads is bringing the authors of “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky” to Huntington Beach on March 11, 2010.  They will meet with local high school students at a multi-high school assembly during the day, and with the community at an evening program for the general public.  Their compelling story—told from the viewpoint of children with no parents to guide them—and their gentle, positive spirit is a moving experience for readers.

After fleeing Sudan as young boys, Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng and Benjamin Ajak survived on their own for five years before reaching the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya.  They began to learn English sitting under trees and writing in the sand. For the next nine years,living on a half cup of cornmeal a day, they dedicated themselves to education. They became known to the world as the “Lost Boys of Sudan.”

Meet the authors at 7 p.m., at the Huntington Beach High School gymnasium, 1905 Main Street (near the intersection of Main Street and Yorktown Avenue).  For more information, call 714-374-5307.

We hope you’ll join HB Reads at any and all of our events, which are free and open to the public.  Learn more at our website, www.HBReads.org.

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3 Responses to Huntington Beach Reads selects book on Lost Boys for 2010

  1. Mary says:

    Hello OC for Darfur!

    Thank you for sharing information about the Huntington Beach Reads One Book and our events relating to “They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky.” We look forward to meeting all of you and learning more from you at our events! We are grateful for your involvement.

  2. Pingback: OC For Darfur planning meeting is this Tuesday, January 19th « Orange County for Darfur Blog

  3. Thank you for all you are doing to bring to the awareness of our community the tragic events taking place in Darfur. Every effort you make to raise consciousness of the community is well worth it. Violence and suffering anywhere in the world should motivate us to take action. Orange Co. hears you guys!

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