National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

Attleboro Public Library/Attleboro's 1 ABC


Contact Info

74 North Main St.
Attleboro, MA 02703

Tel: 508/222-0157
Fax: 508/226-3326
http://attleborolibrary.org

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

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When the Emperor Was Divine
Julie Otsuka

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Events

Community Baseball Kickoff

Join us at Attleboro's 100th Anniversary Celebration. For our public kickoff of this year's Big Read, we will ask you to partake in community whiffle baseball games. Whether you have played the game before or not, join in the fun and try your luck with an inning or two. Baseball was a common activity in the detainment camps during WWII, bringing people together as they tried to occupy their time and keep themselves active. What is more American than a good old game of Baseball! Copies of "When the Emperor was Divine" along with Big Read bookmarks will be handed out. Sponsored by The Literacy Center, Attleboro Public Library, Attleboro Recreation Dept., YMCA of Attleboro.

Event Location: Capron Park, 201 County St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Sat, Sep 6, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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TLC Book Discussion

The Literacy Center will host a book discussion group for current and past volunteers, as well as the general public on "When the Emperor was Divine." Join TLC as they add their insight into the conditions and circumstances as depicted in the book. Sign up for the discussion by calling The Literacy Center at 508-226-3603.

Event Location: 80 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Mon, Sep 8, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Big Read Pesentation to School Committee

The Big Read will be officially presented to the School Committee with a handout of books for members and administrators.

Event Location: Attleboro High School, Rathbun Willard Drive, Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Mon, Sep 8, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 7:30pm

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Council on Aging Writers Group Haiku

Again this year, members of the Writers Workshop at the Senior Center will participate in The Big Read. Some plan to use the Japanese style of poetry known as haiku. A challenge for any poet, this method should lend itself well to the subject matter of "When the Emperor was Divine". Haiku consists of three lines, the first of five syllables, the second of seven, and the third of five. Others will write about certain characters or the theme in general. The recording session with DoubleACS will take place on September 9th.

Event Location: 25 South Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Tue, Sep 9, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Date: Tue, Sep 16, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Date: Tue, Sep 23, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

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Fiction Reflects Life Book Group

The Fiction Reflects Life Book Group will be combining a discussion of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" with their understanding of "When the Emperor was Divine" at their September meeting. The group is open to the public. To join in the discussion call the Library- 508-222-0157, or register online at: http://attleborolibrary.org/register/

Event Location: 74 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Big Read at Lee's Pond

Members of Attleboro's 1ABC will be at the Lee's Pond Festival discussing the book, handing out copies of the book and Big Read materials, and encouraging people to take part in the upcoming festivities. Activities organized by the South Attleboro Lions Club.

Event Location: Gardner Ave., South Attleboro, Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Sat, Sep 20, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

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Civil Liberties Then and Now

The Attleboro Area Bar Association will sponsor a panel discussion on the civil liberty issues surrounding the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The panel will take a look at the timeframe of WWII and at today's realities in regards to civil liberties. To register call Bristol Community College at 508-678-2811, ext. 3534#, or email: joe.yasaian@bristolcc.edu.

Event Location: Bristol Community College/Bridgewater State University, Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Mon, Sep 22, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Attleboro Parents Discuss When the Emperor Was Divine

Parents Book Club 7pm Wednesday, September 24th Attleboro Library Balfour Room The 2014 Big Read title, When the Emperor Was Divine, will give our Parents Book Club much to discuss. How does a parent manage when families are separated? How does a family work together during times of crisis? What keeps a family together when everything surrounding them is falling apart? After you bring the kids to story time, is there still time for YOU to read? Join other parents trying to carve out time to read grown up books. The Parents Book Club meets year round on the fourth Wednesday of the month. All are welcome to join! To be sure to get the latest information on what the book club is up to, please ask a library staff member to add your name to our email list or join our facebook group. To get more information, contact Amy Rhilinger, Assistant Director at arhilinger@sailsinc.org or call 508-222-0157. To join in the discussion call the Library- 508-222-0157, or register online at: http://attleborolibrary.org/register/

Event Location: 74 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Wed, Sep 24, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Oral History Writing Skills Workshops

The Big Read Writers Workshop will embark on a mission to provide a community forum for "When the Emperor Was Divine" by Julie Otsuka. The historical novel evokes a humanistic look at the displacement and cultural ramifications endured by the American Japanese during World War II. The workshop sessions will endeavor to provide literary and cultural paradigm from different perspectives. The elements of cultural identity and displacement will serve as book discussions and the writing of a key event in one’s life. Writing strategies and skills are to be presented in an easy format for the creation of the KEY Event. The workshop goal is to bring out the passionate writer within all of us with the extraordinary storytelling of Julie Otsuka. You must plan on attending all six sessions when you register. To sign up call the Library at 508-222-0157 or register at http://attleborolibrary.org/register/

Event Location: 74 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Thu, Sep 25, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Date: Thu, Oct 2, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Date: Thu, Oct 30, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Japanese Cultural Experience

Join The Big Read as we explore various aspects of Japanese Culture at the Attleboro Public Library. Brought to you by the Japanese American Consulate in Boston, members of the APL Children's Room, Attleboro Arts Museum, and Dee Anne Art. Tthe event will include food and arts- origami with Abby Rivoldi for ages 8 and up at 10:30; Manga for ages 6-9 at 1:00; and food and numbers with the Japanese Consulate of Boston at 2:30 for all ages.

Event Location: 74 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

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Parent/Child Book Group

Great books, fun discussion and snacks! This FREE program is for children in grades 2-4 and a parent. We will meet to discuss "Sword of the Samurai" by Eric Kimmel. You can pick up a copy in the Children's Room.

Event Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Wed. Morning Book Group Discussion

In October, the Wednesday Morning Book Group will be discussing this year's Big Read, When the Emperor Was Divine. It is a marvelous, slim novel that paints the harshness of the Japanese internment camps of World War II with the delicate brushstrokes of a Japanese watercolor. The novel concerns a single California family's experiences from the time they are asked to pack up and report for relocation through their haunted return home. The narrative is an accumulation of quiet details that softly build up an indictment of the camps and the attitudes that led to them. Please join us at the APL on October 1st at 10 A.M. for a lively discussion of this compelling book.

Event Location: 74 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

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The Lunch Bunch Goes Japanese

The 3-5 year olds will join The Big Read with story time, lunch, songs, crafts and other activities with a theme based on multiculturalism. Their focus will be on Japan for this session. This is a drop-in program- just show up and join in the fun! Sponsored by Project Connect Family Network and the Library.

Event Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2014
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

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School Committee Spotlights The Big Read

School Committee Spotlight: In celebration of the “Big Read,” the Attleboro School Committee will convene a special meeting of the governing body of the Attleboro schools featuring a discussion on "When the Emperor was Divine." Committee members and guests of the chairman will participate in this public forum exploring the themes, characters, and historical context that led 1 ABC to choose Julie Otsuka’s acclaimed novel as the centerpiece of this year’s Big Read.

Event Location: Attleboro High School- School Committee Conference Room, Rathbun Willard Drive, Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Thu, Oct 2, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Bonsai Gardening Techniques

Join New England Bonsai Gardens as they demonstrate the basics of bonsai care, design, and technique. We will hear about the history of this technique as well as witness the transformation of nursery stock with a hands-on bonsai demonstration. Teddi Scobi,co owner and president of New England Bonsai Gardens since 1987,and her husband, Hitoshi Kanegae have built their business on offering healthy, beautiful bonsai and cultivating lasting relationships with world class bonsai growers and artists in this country and in Japan. Their 8 acre nursery, recognized by Yankee Magazine as a top New England Summer destination,is one of the few facilities in the United States that is approved by the U.S.D.A to import bonsai from Asia. To register call the Library at 508-222-0157 or online at http://attleborolibrary.org/register/

Event Location: 74 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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The Literacy Center Multi-Cultural Book Discussion

The Literacy Center will host a multi-cultural book discussion group on "When the Emperor was Divine" by Julie Otsuka. All current and past students as well as members of the public are welcome to attend and share their thoughts on the book as well as their own experiences. To register call The Literacy Center at 508-226-3603.

Event Location: 80 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Japanese Experience at the Farmers Market

Stop by The Big Read booth at the Farmers Market and experience a slice of Japanese culture. This is a great way to join in this year's reading of "When the Emperor was Divine."

Event Location: Finberg Field, Corner of Park and Bishop Streets, Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Sat, Oct 18, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

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Display and Presentation of Modern Japanese Pop-Culture

A table-top display showcasing the current influence of Japanese pop-culture on America, incorporating manga, anime, cosplay/fashion, and conventions. The display will include examples of popular manga and anime titles, as well as a slide show of cosplay, fashion, and convention photos. A listing of informational and anime/manga viewing websites, as well as encyclopedic and historic books will also be included. Presented by Holly Friedman. The display will include many titles available through the Attleboro Public Library, as well as generate interest in reforming the Attleboro Campus Anime Club.

Event Location: Bristol Community College, 11 Field Rd., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

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Margie Yamamoto's Story

Our keynote speaker, Margie Yamamoto from the New England Japanese American Citizens League will present her family's perspective of "When the Emperor was Divine" through a slide presentation. Ms. Yamamoto’s family was confined to a camp when she was 2 months old. She has an illustrated presentation tracing her family’s history from immigration, through the camp experience, to the present day. To register, call the Library at 508-222-0157, or online at http://attleborolibrary.org/register/

Event Location: 74 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Wed, Oct 29, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Under Lock and Key- 2-14 Big Read Finale

The Attleboro Arts Museum’s Under Lock and Key exhibition will serve as The Big Read finale. Artists have responded to “When the Emperor Was Divine’s” key passage by creating original art that symbolizes a connection to home. Under Lock and Key will be on display from Nov. 11th - 15th, Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm. The Nov. 12th exhibition reception features a Big Read finale program. RSVP for the Nov. 12th event by Nov. 8th, 508-222-2644 x10 or office@attleboroartsmuseum.org. Tues., Oct 21, 2014; 9:30am – 12:30pm Display and Presentation of Modern Japanese Pop-Culture Location: Bristol Community College, 11 Field Rd., Attleboro display showcasing the current influence of Japanese pop-culture on America, incorporating manga, anime, cosplay/fashion, and conventions. Examples of popular manga and anime titles, as well as a slide show of cosplay, fashion, and convention photos, a list of informational and anime/manga viewing websites, as well as encyclopedic and historic books will be included. Presented by Holly Friedman, the display will include many titles available through the Attleboro Public Library, as well as generate interest in reforming the Attleboro BCC Campus Anime Club. Thurs., Oct 23, 2014; 7:00pm – 8:30pm Oral History Writing Skills Workshops Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro The Big Read Writers Workshop will embark on a mission to provide a community forum for “When the Emperor Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka. See information under first session on Sept. 25th. Wed., Oct 29, 2014; 7:00pm – 8:30pm Margie Yamamoto’s Story Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro Our keynote speaker, Margie Yamamoto, from the New England Japanese American Citizens League will present her family’s perspective of “When the Emperor Was Divine” through a slide presentation. Ms. Yamamoto’s family was confined to a camp when she was 2 months old. She has an illustrated presentation tracing her family’s history from immigration, through the camp experience, to the present day. To register, call the Library at 508-222-0157, or online at http://attleborolibrary.org/register/ Thurs., Oct 30, 2014; 7:00pm – 8:30pm Oral History Writing Skills Workshops Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro The Big Read Writers Workshop will embark on a mission to provide a community forum for “When the Emperor Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka. See information under first session on Sept. 25th Please visit www.attleboros1abc.org for calendar updates. When the Emperor Was Divine 2014 Event Calendar Page 5 Page

Event Location: Attleboro Arts museum, 86 Park St., Attleboro, MA 02703

Date: Wed, Nov 12, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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