San Mateo County Library Events

One Book One Community:
San Mateo County Reads
“What is the What”
Special Events in October

Wednesday, October 1, 7:30 PM

San Mateo Performing Arts Center
Dave Eggers with Michael Krasny

Dave Eggers’s groundbreaking novel, “What is the What” is this year’s selection for the Peninsula Library System’s “One Book One Community” reading program. Every October all of our libraries join together to celebrate one outstanding book that our communities read together. KQED radio personality Michael Krasny will interview author Dave Eggers at this kickoff event. Books will be available for purchase and all proceeds benefit the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation.

Saturday, October 4, 2:00 PM

San Mateo Main Library
African Village Celebration

African Drummer Onye Onyemaechi of Village Rhythms takes participants on a tour of African drumming, including the drumming culture of Southern Sudan. Includes group dances and songs. Fun for the whole family.

Saturday, October 11, 2:00 PM

San Mateo Main Library
African Folktales

Storyteller Yolanda Rhodes decorates Sudanese folktales and other African stories with song, miming and the evocation of characters through movement. Bring the whole family.

Monday, October 20, 7:00 PM

San Mateo Main Library
Film: God Grew Tired of Us

This documentary film traces the lives of three Sudanese “Lost Boys”, who survived overwhelming adversity crossing the Sub-Saharan desert on foot amidst civil war. Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 PM

San Mateo Main Library
Book Discussion: “What is the What”

Wrap up the month’s activities by joining in a discussion of this remarkable novel. Read the book in advance and come ready to share your impressions.

Thanks to the African American Library Advisory Committee for their sponsorship of San Mateo Public Library events.

All events are free and open to everyone. For more information call (650) 522-7818.

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