JANUARY 27, 6:30–8:00 PM
El Gabilan Library
by George Orwell
The controversial fable about an uprising of farm animals against their human masters reflects events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War II. Considered a searing and insightful look at a very volatile time in world history, our librarians will consider how it may relate to our world today. Join us and let us know what you think about the Animal Farm. Is that us?
JANUARY 25, 2–3:30 PM
Cesar Chavez Library
Y No Se Lo Tragó La Tierra / And the Earth Did Not Devour Him
by Tomás Rivera, translated by Evangelina Vigil-Pinon
An original and ground-breaking work about the lives of Mexican-American migrant workers of the 40s and 50s. Join our librarians for a discussion of this seminal book. Take a look with us at the state of migrant workers today, and how things have (or have not) changed for the better of the worse. Tell us your own stories of friends and family who may have experienced something similar, and how that has affected them. Help us explore the migrant worker experience, and how it relates to our own lives now, and in the past.
JANUARY 24, 2–3:30 PM
John Steinbeck Library
In Dubious Battle
by John Steinbeck
The NY Times called it “the best labor and strike novel to come out of our contemporary economic and social unrest.” Published in the year of the 1936 Lettuce Strike in Salinas, which California’s governor blamed on “The Reds. (communists)”
Join our librarians for a conversation about the book that had Salinas in an uproar by taking a hard look at the situation between growers, labor and American agriculture in the 1930's. How different are things today?
JANUARY 1-31, 2009
by George Orwell
The classic 1949 novel famous for its portrayal of society’s increasing encroachment on the rights of the individual. Post your thoughts online as to how this book published decades ago relates to our own post- 9/11 world where issues of privacy, surveillance, and the eroding of Americans rights and freedoms through government intervention are hotly debated topics in the National dialogue.
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