Preregistration required for the reading series; space is limited. To register, please call the Auburn Public Library at 333-6640 Ext. 4. The first book may be picked up at the Auburn Public Library Reference Desk, 49 Spring Street, on the second floor.
(Lewiston Public Library is at 200 Lisbon Street)
The Lewistonand Auburn public libraries are joining forces with the Maine HumanitiesCouncil to host “Becoming American: Struggles, Successes, Symbols,” a bookdiscussion series starting on October 17th at 6 pm at the AuburnPublic Library. The meeting location will then alternate between the twolibraries through the final session in January.
“BecomingAmerican: Struggles, Successes, Symbols” will explore how the quest for ethnicidentity in this country is one of infinite variation—from era to era, regionto region, group to group, person to person. Participants may journey not onlyinto our own ethnic pasts, but also into those of our countrymen, our brothersand sisters.
The books canin no way cover the wide spectrum of ethnic backgrounds found in the UnitedStates, nor is any of them intended to offer a definitive portrait of the grouprepresented. Instead, it is hoped that within these works, those qualities—thestruggles, successes, and symbols—that make each group unique, and those thatare common to every ethnic American experience, are revealed to the reader.
Thediscussions will be facilitated by Susan Beegel, a scholar facilitator selectedby the Maine Humanities Council. Copies of the first book, Woman Warrior, may be picked up at the Auburn Public Library andshould be read for the October 17th meeting. The otherbooks in the five novel series include
November 7th at LPL: Bless Me Ultima
November 28th at APL: Go Tell It On the Mountain
December 19th at LPL: An Orphan in History
January 9th at APL: The Way to Rainy Mountain
The programcoincides with another collaborative effort spearheaded by Museum L-A toencourage conversation, celebration, and understanding around the issue ofimmigration. Museum L-A applied and was selected as one of thirty-two sitesacross twenty-four states to host a film series. Both the Auburn Public Libraryand Lewiston Public Library are part of this exciting group effort. Moreinformation on these programs will be released soon.