American Journey: WCPL Adult Summer Reading Program Enrollment Begins Soon | News


Want to take a trip across America without leaving the comfort of your home? The Carnegie Public Library of Washington’s Adult Summer Reading Program will explore the history, art, culture, and landscapes of the United States.

“Our trip will allow us to explore the natural wonders of Alaska on the West Coast and the historic and scenic towns of New England on the East Coast, as well as some of the hidden treasures in our own backyard,” said said Washington Carnegie Public Library Adult Services and Outreach Coordinator Rick Chambon. “We will also learn about the incredible contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers and the vital role they played during World War II.”

Registration will begin on Wednesday, and this time attendees will be able to choose from three selected readings.

“Tip of the Iceberg” by Mark Adams takes readers on a journey through wild Alaska with the author.

“Adams traces the 1899 Harriman Trail named after railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman,” Chambon said. “Harriman had planned a summer trip to the Alaskan wilderness. A group of some of America’s best and brightest scientists and writers were aboard a steamship he had converted into a luxury floating university,” said Chambon, who said the program reading material was offered free of charge to library users.

Amor Towles’ “The Lincoln Highway” tells the story of 18-year-old Emmett Watson, who in 1954 was taken home to Nebraska by the manager of the juvenile labor farm where he had just served 15 months. for manslaughter.

“As the director leaves, Emmett realizes that two friends from the work farm were in the trunk of the director’s car,” Chambon said, adding that the book, the third for Towles, came out a while ago. about six months. “Emmett had planned to pick up his younger brother and go to California, but the friends had other plans. Together they will make a fateful trip to New York.

The latest book, “Code Talker” will tell the story of Chester Nez.

“Chester was one of the first Code Talkers,” Chambon said, the story is told by Nez and Judith Avila. “The history of Code Talkers is quite fascinating. During World War II, the Japanese managed to crack all the codes used by the United States except this one, and this helped secure the victory of the United States over Japan in the South Pacific. .

Sponsored by German American, Thompson Insurance, Friends of the Library and Tri Kappa Beta Zeta Chapter, the programs will begin June 3 with a coffee and book discussion at 10 a.m. on “Tip of the Iceberg.” A second discussion on the same reading will take place on June 6 at 6:30 p.m.

On June 7 at 6:30 p.m., Chambon will present “Alaska: The Inside Passage Cruise” which will include scenes from Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Katchican.

“Registration is required for this program,” Chambon said. “Chef Jeff Gumbel will prepare a delicious dessert for the evening.”

The adventure continues June 9 with the movie “100 Years on the Lincoln Highway” at 2:30 p.m. The following day, a coffee and book discussion on “Code Talker” will take place at 10am.

On June 14, attendees will have the opportunity to chat with Judith Avila about the late Chester Nez and his story.

“At 6:30 p.m. that day we will have a Q&A session with Judith,” Chambon said adding that the event will take place on Zoom. “This important part of the story would have been lost had Chester not agreed to share his story.”

“Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians” will screen at 2:30 p.m.

“Edward S. Curtis was a self-taught photographer and in 1900 he received money from Theodore Roosevelt and JP Morgan to embark on a cross-country adventure to capture native tribes in photo and sound,” said Chambon.

Another discussion over coffee and a book will take place on June 17 at 10 a.m. for “The Lincoln Highway” and another will follow on June 20 at 6:30 p.m.

“The Gilded Age,” a film about America’s most transformative eras, premieres June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Rail expert Steve Patterson will host a show on America’s Golden Age of Trains on June 23 at 6:30 p.m.

“Chef Jeff will also be making treats for this program, so registration is required,” Chambon said.

The film “John Muir: In the New World” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on June 27. Muir was a naturalist and one of the earliest conservationists in American history. He was also the founder of the Sierra Club.

The program will continue at 6:30 p.m. on June 28 when Glenda Ferguson speaks about the Buffalo Trace Trail in Indiana.

“Navajo Code Talkers of World War II” will follow on June 30 at 2:30 p.m. The documentary will give more information about Native American war heroes.

Chambon will share information about his trip to Newport and Cape Cod on July 5 during a program scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Once again, Gumbel will delight guests with treats.

On July 7, participants can take a ride on “The White Pass and Yukon Railway.” The film will be screened at 2:30 p.m. Unforgettable journeys will be in the spotlight on July 11 at 6:30 p.m. The film “Call of the Wild” will be screened at 2:30 p.m. on July 14 and the final program will be for coffee and a chat on July 15 at 10 a.m.

Participants can earn prizes by participating in qualifying programs, submitting reading journals, and becoming a Friend of the Library. Those who participate in at least five qualifying programs and whose passport is stamped will earn an invitation to afternoon tea on July 22 at 1 p.m.

“Some programs will be offered on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person,” Chambon said, noting that not all programs are eligible for a passport stamp.

For more information or to register for the summer reading program, call the library at 812-254-4586 or email [email protected]


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