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Redwood City Community Invited to be Part of San Mateo County-Wide “One Book – One Community”Month-Long Book Reading Event in October

Redwood City, CA - September 22, 2008 - One Book, One Community” is a community activity that invites everyone in Redwood City and throughout San Mateo County to read the same great book, at the same time!  Then, readers can gather for book discussions, literary presentations, films, music and dance performances, and related family programs and cultural events.

The featured book is Dave Eggers' What Is the What - the astonishing story of Valentino Achak Deng who, as a boy, was separated from his family, his village destroyed, and endured atrocity after atrocity during the second Sudanese civil war, yet refused to abandon decency, kindness, and hope.

Eggers will kick off the month-long program on October 1st by appearing in conversation with KQED “Forum” host Michael Krasny at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center (600 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo; 7:30 pm). Valentino Achak Deng will join Mr. Eggers in this event, offering his first-hand perception that is the basis for the book. The 1,600-seat auditorium is expected to be at capacity, and the event is free and open to all.

In Redwood City, events related to this County-wide book reading program include these FREE activities:

  • Drumming – African Village Celebration
    Saturday October 4 at 11 AM at the Downtown Library
    African Drummer Onye Onyemaechi of Village Rhythms will take us on a tour of African drumming, including the drumming culture of Southern Sudan.

  • Museum Slide Show - Contemporary Artists Respond to Darfur
    Wednesday, October 8 at 7 pm in the Downtown Library Community Room
    Learn about the contemporary art of Sudan and Sudanese refugee artists at this presentation by Erica Agyeman, Exhibitions and Program Manager at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.

    Musical Performance - Songs of the Dinka Tribe
    Sunday, October 12 at 2 pm in the Downtown Library Community Room
    Hope With Sudan, a scholarship program for Sudanese Children and Youth living in exile in Kenya and Uganda, presents a musical performance of traditional songs from the Dinka tribe of Southern Sudan. 

    Film - A Great Wonder: Lost Children of Sudan
    Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 pm in the Downtown Library Community Room
    Director Kim Shelton shows her film tracing the extraordinary journey that three young Sudanese orphans recorded in their own words. Made possible by the United Nations International Film Festival.

  • Children’s Crafts – Sudanese Mask Making with Art in Action
    Tuesday, October 14 at 5:00 pm Fair Oaks Library – 2510 Middlefield Road
    Thursday, October 16 at 6:30 pm – Redwood Shores Library – 399 Marina Pkwy
    Thursday, October 23 at 2:00 pm – Schaberg Library - 2140 Euclid Avenue

For information on the “One Book – One Community” program, visit Get the book today at any Redwood City library. The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults, and families, and is the learning center of the community. More information about Library events and services can be found in the events calendars available at all Redwood City Library, by visiting the Library’s web page at, or by calling 780-7026.

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Rosalind Kutler
Redwood City Library

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