Join others in your community in reading, discussing and celebrating books based on one theme. Hastings Reads is a community-wide reading program that seeks to encourage reading and discussion of books and the ways in which they can help us understand the lives and experiences of ourselves and others. Everyone is invited to read the books and participate in the events. Visit the Pleasant Hill Library for more information.
Read one of three books based on the experiences of immigrants to the United States:
|Young readers: “Their Great Gifts: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land” by Jon Coy||Middle school readers: “Home of the Brave” by Katherine Applegate||Teen and adult readers: “The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father” by Kao Kalia Yang. |
Join us this February for author visits, discussion, programs and activities. For more information, visit www.hastingsreads.com.
Hastings Reads Events
Green Card Voices
Hear a panel discussion of immigrants telling their life stories. A diverse group will share their stories and answer any questions you might have. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Learn who refugees are and how they end up coming to Minnesota. Find out how they use their skills and talents to survive and thrive once they are here.
Thursday, Feb. 8, 7–8 p.m.
I is for Igloo
Stories, songs, crafts and games about where people around the world live especially for preschoolers. Sponsored in part by Hastings ECFE. Registration required. Ages: 3-5.
Friday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.–noon Register beginning Jan. 26.
Family Fun Night
Member or not, bring your elementary children to the Hastings YMCA for pizza and fun family activities related to the book, “Their Great Gifts” by Jon Coy.
Friday, Feb. 9, 6–7:30 p.m.
85 Pleasant Dr., Hastings
Hastings Reads Main Event
Spend an evening with Kao Kalia Yang, author of “The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father,” a powerful memoir of a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children's future in America.
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6:30–8 p.m.
Hastings Arts Center
216 4th St. E, Hastings