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?

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