The Vietnam War ended 40 years ago. It profoundly affects how we think and feel about our government, ourselves, society.
I'm excited to participate in an innovative program of the Contra Costa County Library and Contra Costa Community College using
books, reading, and community conversation to help reflect on the Vietnam War.
The program series, which runs from
April 10 through May 28, is based in West Contra Costa with
free events at County libraries and the Contra Costa College campus.
Funded by a
"The Big Read"
grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, events include
dramatic readings, film, discussions, storytelling, Vietnamese music, and more.
Free copies of the acclaimed Vietnam War novel
The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, are available on a first-come, first-served basis at all participating libraries. Many events feature this compelling account.
For a full list of programs click
Here's a sample:
- Monday April 27, 5:30 pm: The Vietnam War and Refugee Reflections: A Conversation, Contra Costa College Library
- Thursday April 30, 6:30 pm: Service Memories: Local Veterans Share Their Experiences and Reflections on Serving Our Nation, El Sobrante Library
- Thursday May 7, 7:15 pm: The Beautiful Country: A Film at the Rialto Cinemas, El Cerrito
- Saturday May 16, 3 pm: Van-Anh Vo and The VA'V: A Concert of Vietnamese Folk Songs, Hercules Library
- Monday May 25, 1 pm: Memorial Day Concert at Rithet Park, Crockett
For more information contact Ian Richards, El Sobrante Librarian, at 510-364-3481/510-758-3267 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.