More than 140 libraries up and down the State of California will hold Grapes of Wrath programs, starting this week and running through October, as part of California Stories: Reading The Grapes Wrath project.
A Look Back at... “The Grapes of Wrath”
By Cindy Mediavilla
As the California Council for the Humanities and the California Center for the Book launch their upcoming celebration of “The Grapes of Wrath”, librarians would do well to remember especially during this most recent period of “national stress” the role that John Steinbeck’s masterpiece played in the confirmation of the library profession’s dedication to intellectual freedom.
Reading The Grapes of Wrath at Lemon Grove Library
October a Month for Californians to Explore and Celebrate their State’s Social History
Libraries to focus on immigration stories
The Otay Mesa library is just a stone’s throw from the Mexican border. Ignacio Lucero, manager of the branch, envisions The Grapes of Wrath program as a chance to explore the immigration experiences of Mexican-Americans, who make up more than 75 percent of the area’s population. One of his events will be an evening of remembrance to enable community members to share and discuss the realities they encountered on arriving in California.
Vengan a Discutir la Novela Las Uvas de la Ira, Uno de los Más Importante Libros Escritos de Campesinos
El tema representado en la novela, “Las Uvas de la Ira” es común a lo que existe para campesinos de hoy. En esta novela el Sr. Joad y su familia se ven obligados a abandonar lo único que poseen, su miserable y polvorienta granja en la árida zona de Dust Bowl, en Oklahoma.
Grapes of Wrath Schedule of Events:
September 22-October 26 / Food drive to benefit migrant farm families. Chula Vista Public Library / 365 F Street Chula Vista, CA
Mini-Grants for Center City San Diego
Community residents are eligible to apply for Mini-Grants that range from $500-$5,000 to improve and strengthen their neighborhoods or volunteer as part of the Grant Selection Committee (volunteers to review, evaluate and select awardees). It is all about residents changing and making decisions about their own neighborhoods.
Ramiro Hernández Has Joined Tucker Sadler Noble Castro Architects as Project Manager
Ramiro Hernández has joined Tucker Sadler Noble Castro Architects as project manager, announced Robert L. Noble, CEO and design principal of the San Diego-based architectural firm.
Mario Miragliotta Newly Appointed Artistic Director of Classics for Kids
September marks a very special month for Mario Miragliotta. He returns to work and the music he loves as the new artistic director for Classics for Kids, an organization that presents professional child-friendly educational concerts for school children and families. Paralyzed in an automobile accident on June 14, 2001, he will lead The Classic for Kids Philharmonic in three different programs during the 2002-2003 concert season, all from a special wheelchair.
Rotarians to Host Annual Octoberfest
Carlsbad’s annual Oktoberfest, co-sponsored by the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club and Carlsbad Rotary Club, will be in Holiday Park, Saturday, October 5, from 1 to 10 PM. The event is a family day for young and old with German-style games, food, and drink. Oom-pah-pah dance bands will play for children and adults to trip the light fantastic.
Collectively Many Lives Were Changed Forever
Thanks to the generosity of local volunteers the lives of thirteen children have been dramatically improved.
On September 14th and 15th Fresh Start held it’s seventh Surgery Weekend of the year. The weekend was a culmination of kindness, compassion, and newly discovered smiles. The amazing changes began to occur on September 13th at the free Dental Clinic held at La Boca Fina Dental Spa in Encinitas.
Nationwide Cancer Screening Campaign Wraps Up Coast-To-Coast Tour in San Diego
Being diagnosed with prostate cancer in San Diego is more common than the rest of the nation as a whole. In fact, incidence rates are about 13 percent higher than the national average. Meanwhile, California ranks first in the U.S. in both the number of cases and deaths from the disease.
Department of Mental Health Announced $5.4 Million for the Early Mental Health Initiative
State Mental Health Director Stephen W. Mayberg, Ph.D. announced $5.4 million in grants to California schools under the Early Mental Health Initiative (EMHI). EMHI provides three-year grants to publicly funded elementary schools to provide prevention and intervention services to children in kindergarten through third grade.