The Akron-Summit County Public Library has been selected as a participating library for the Yiddish Book Center's "Stories of Exile" Reading Groups for Public Libraries for 2023.

The book discussion series starts with a discussion of "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui, a graphic novel about a family's journey to America. The event will be held Thursday, September 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Firestone Park Branch Library, 1486 Aster Avenue in Akron. The discussion was made possible by the Yiddish Book Center.

Participants can register online, in person, or by phone at 330.724.2126. Those registered for the reading group will receive a copy of "The Best We Could Do" to read and return to the library after the book discussion.

About the Stories of Exile Series:

The Yiddish Book Center's "Stories of Exile" Reading Groups for Public Libraries is a reading and discussion program to engage teens and adults in thinking about experiences of displacement, migration, and diaspora. In this program, librarians organize reading groups to discuss three books of Yiddish literature in translation and one book related to the experience of a community served by their library. 
The Yiddish Book Center's "Stories of Exile" Reading Groups for Public Libraries is made possible by a gift from Sharon Karmazin.

Other related programs in the series include:

Book Discussion: "In the Land of the Postscript: Short Stories" by Chava Rosenfarb
North Hill Branch Library 
Monday, October 2, 12:30 pm

Book Discussion: "The Glatstein Chronicles" by Jacob Glatstein, a restored English edition originally translated from Yiddish
Northwest Akron Branch 
Monday, October 18, 6 pm

Book Discussion: "On the Landing: Stories" by Yenta Mash
Main Library (Meeting Room 1)
Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 pm

Main Event: Many Voices With Yiyun Li
Main Library (Auditorium)
Monday, November 6, 6:30 pm

Immigrant Perspectives on Film
Main Library (Auditorium)
Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 6:30 pm


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