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Redwood City Reads - One Book, One Community

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Program Calendar - May 2006

Join others in reading The Kite Runner, and then participate in one, several, or all of these fun, free events and activities throughout the month of May!

Interested in hosting a book discussion or other event related to The Kite Runner? For more information and to place your event on the program calendar, please call 780-7058.

Kick-off Party – Understanding Other Cultures
Thursday, May 4
4:00 pm - Fair Oaks Library
2510 Middlefield Road
Explore the similarities of the Latino and Afghan cultures through storytelling, and enjoy samplers of Latino and Afghan food for a tasty comparison!

Kick-off Celebration - In Conversation with Writer Tamim Ansary
Thursday, May 4

7:30 pm - Downtown Library, Community Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Tamim Ansary is the author of “West of Kabul, East of New York: an Afghan American Story,” and runs the writing workshop in San Francisco where Khaled Hosseini first developed “The Kite Runner.” 

Barnes and Noble Book Fair 
1091 El Camino Real
Get The Kite Runner and all your other books at Barnes and Noble any weekend in May and a percentage of sales will be donated in support of the Library.

Noon Brown Bag Book Discussion

Tuesday, May 9
City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road
Room 2B
Bring your lunch, sit down and enjoy an invigorating discussion of The Kite Runner and its elements - meet fellow readers from City Hall and from throughout the community!

Come Share a Book Together: Hear The Kite Runner Read Aloud
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 am
April 3 through May 24
Veterans Memorial Senior Center
1455 Madison Avenue
Through the course of these morning readings, hear the entire story of The Kite Runner read aloud by volunteers! Feel free to drop in for any or all of these great readings.

The Kite Runner: A Family Celebration of Afghan Food and Music
Thursday, May 11

7:00 pm – Downtown Library, Fireplace Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Enjoy samplers of Afghan food and music, a perfect family activity centered around the Afghan culture of The Kite Runner.

Noon Brown Bag Book Discussion
Thursday, May 11

Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road
Small Meeting Room, Second Floor
Bring your lunch, sit down and enjoy an invigorating discussion of The Kite Runner and its elements - meet fellow readers from throughout the community!  

Film Program Night
Thursday, May 11

7:15 pm - Schaberg Library
2140 Euclid Avenue
Special free screening of “Kandahar: Journey Into The Heart of Afghanistan” - a 2001 Cannes Film Festival Award-winning feature about an Afghan-born Canadian journalist who returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to save her sister. In Farsi with English subtitles.

Comparative Tasting and Book Discussion – Coffee and Conversation
Friday, May 19

1:00 pm – Peet’s Coffee and Tea
2600 Broadway
How about tasting a sampling variety of great coffees, and talking with other coffee-and-book lovers about The Kite Runner? It's free and fun.

Special "Redwood City Reads" Picks for Kids!
"People" by Peter Spier
(suitable for kids ages 3 - 8)
Monday, May 22

7:15 pm - Downtown Library, Children’s Program Room
1044 Middlefield Road
"People" by Peter Spier is a wonderful introduction to a global view that will answer questions and arouse curiosity in young kids. Kids up to age eight are invited to sit down in a big, comfortable circle, and participate in learning about the wonderful diversity of other cultures in this great storytime event.

Special "Redwood City Reads" Picks for Kids!
"The Peace Book" by Todd Parr (suitable for kids ages 3-5)
Tuesday, May 23

10:30 am – Downtown Library, Children’s Program Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Today everyone is talking about peace, but what's the best way to explain this abstract concept to young children? Todd Parr's "The Peace Book" is a valuable tool in talking about a challenging subject. Its bright, child-friendly pictures and simple, inspiring text tell kids just what they need to know. Younger kids will enjoy learning from "The Peace Book" in this great storytime event.

Noon Brown Bag Book Discussion
Thursday, May 25

Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road
Small Meeting Room, Second Floor
Bring your lunch, sit down and enjoy an invigorating discussion of The Kite Runner and its elements - meet fellow readers from throughout the community!

Panel Discussion: Afghanistan - Literature and Culture
Wednesday, May 31

7:30 pm
Downtown Library, Community Room
Panel will include: Diane Tober, Ph.D., Medical Anthropologist University of California, San Francisco, Institute for Health and Aging (more to be announced)

Join the Conversation Online at the Redwood City Reads Kite Runner Blog

Save the Date
Thursday, October 19

Meet the Author: Khaled Hosseini
7:30 pm
Free! At the San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 North Delaware Street in San Mateo
(Sponsored by San Mateo County Reads program)
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1965. He is the oldest of five children. and his mother was a teacher of Farsi and History at a large girls high school in Kabul. In 1976, Khaled’s family was relocated to Paris, France, where his father was assigned a diplomatic post in the Afghan embassy. The assignment would return the Hosseini family in 1980, but by then Afghanistan had already witnessed a bloody communist coup and the Soviet invasion. Khaled’s family, instead, asked for and was granted political asylum in the U.S. He moved to San Jose, CA, with his family in 1980. He attended Santa Clara University and graduated from UC San Diego School of Medicine. He has been in practice as an internist since 1996. He is married, has two children (a boy and a girl, Haris and Farah). The Kite Runner is his first novel.

 

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