Friends of the Aptos Library is again sponsoring “Our Community Reads” in 2019. In its second year, the goal is to bring the community together around issues concerning our residents and to foster ways to engage people in a thought-provoking manner.
A book is chosen by a committee and recommended as a community read. Last year’s themes were based around the book “Born a Crime”, by Trevor Noah which highlighted the issues of racism and “otherness” as they affect members of society. This year’s book choice, “The Death & Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival” focuses on the tumultuous story from the bay’s disastrous past of over-fishing and pollution to becoming the most prized natural resource it is today.
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The Friends of the Aptos Library offers a vast array of events to the public to bring these themes to light and allows people to gather together for discussion and community engagement. This year’s offerings consist of 3 films (each presented by an expert in a field relating to the film’s topic) several speakers, a panel discussion, a conversation with the book’s two authors, a poetry slam/art event hosted by Aptos High & Delta School, and some outings to explore the Elkhorn Slough. All but two of these events are free, and all are open to the public.
Not only do we project that readers will learn a great deal about the Monterey Bay through this extensive program and gain an appreciation for the bay’s turbulent past, but participants will gain access to what they can do to secure the healthy future of our most precious natural resource.
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A major goal of Our Community Reads is to foster awareness, highlight literacy, and create a passion for engagement and activism. We believe that a well-informed and involved community is a healthy one!
To reach underserved communities, the Friends of the Aptos Library, through a California Humanities grant, will be purchasing Spanish-language educational materials relating to the ocean and conservation and environmental issues. They will be donated to the county library Book Mobile and taken along with volunteers who can facilitate learning to these grade school aged children.
Our Community Reads 2019 Events
- Lunch with Steinbeck @ Aptos St. BBQ (March 14, 2019)
- Elkhorn Slough Boat Safari (March 10, 2019)
- Art and Poetry at Aptos High School (March 7, 2019)
- Docent-led Walk at Elkhorn Slough (March 2, 2019)
- Film Series ~ Of the Sea (February 27, 2019)
- Authors Talk Monterey Bay (February 21, 2019)
- Trivia Night with Zach Friend (February 19, 2019)
- The Return of Elkhorn Slough (February 12, 2019)
- Save Our Shores Beach Clean-up at Rio Del Mar Beach (February 9, 2019)
- Sustainable Oceans: Coral Reef Management in the Western Pacific (February 7, 2019)
- La Selva Beach Library Film Night (February 6, 2019)
- Panel Discussion ~ Monterey Bay: Today’s Heroes (January 30, 2019)
- The Death & Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival (January 26, 2019)
- Film Series ~ Saving Otter 501 (January 22, 2019)