Hood River County Reads, a county-wide project sponsored by Friends of the Library, kicks off Saturday, March 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Hood River Library. This year’s selections, Moreno. Prieto. Brown. by Alejandro Jimenez and brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson — both works of poetry — will be distributed. Refreshments will also be served.
Book distribution will continue March 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Parkdale and Cascade Locks branches.
The goal of Hood River County Reads is “encourage readers of all ages to read and discuss books." Books and authors are chosen to “reflect the diversity of our community and that will be shared widely with our county’s individuals and families.” The program began in 2006.
Programs and events — free and open to the public — are scheduled through May (see listing below). In addition, posters created by Hood River Valley High School students will be displayed at the Hood River Library and Columbia Center for the Arts, and Radio Tierra (95.1 FM) will broadcast readings of Jimenez’s poetry. For more information, visit hoodriverlibrary.org.
Programs and events
March 17 — Kick-off at the Hood River Library, 2-3:30 p.m. Book distribution, art, poetry and refreshments.
March 20 — Kick-off at the Parkdale and Cascade Locks libraries, 5-7 p.m. Book distribution.
March 21 — Hood River Library Book Club discussion of Moreno. Prieto. Brown., 6:30 p.m. at the Mt. Hood Town Hall.
April 5 — Hood River Library Book Club discussion of Moreno. Prieto. Brown., 6:30 p.m. at the Hood River Library meeting room.
April 14 — Panel discussion, Bridging Cultures — Our Neighbors’ Stories, 2 p.m. at the Hood River Library reading room.
April 28 — Poetry workshop with Alejandro Jimenez, 10:30 a.m. Space is limited; call the library or see the website for details.
April 28 — Public presentation by Alejandro Jimenez, 2 p.m. at the Hood River Library reading room.
April 29 — Presentación pública en Español con el autor Alejandro Jimenez (Spanish), 1:30 p.m. at Mid Valley Elementary. Comida, música, y poesía de estudiantes.
May 3 — Hood River Library Book Club discussion of Brown Girl Dreaming, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hood River Library meeting room.
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