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Virtual Brown Bag Book Club (RSVP Required)
January 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Brown Bag Book Club will meet twice during the month of January. We will review the first half of the book on the 7th and the second half of the book on the 21st. Participants can pick up their book to check out on the 2nd floor of the library or by utilizing the library’s curbside pick-up service, along with a “brown bag” full of desserts, drinks, and an interactive activity! This month, we will be reading Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus. RSVP for this event above to receive the Zoom link via email!
Quick book description: In 1841, a Japanese fishing vessel sinks. Its crew is forced to swim to a small, unknown island, where they are rescued by a passing American ship. Japan’s borders remain closed to all Western nations, so the crew sets off to America, learning English on the way.
Manjiro, a fourteen-year-old boy, is curious and eager to learn everything he can about this new culture. Eventually the captain adopts Manjiro and takes him to his home in New England. After many years, he makes it back to Japan, only to be imprisoned as an outsider. With his hard-won knowledge of the West, Manjiro is in a unique position to persuade the shogun to ease open the boundaries around Japan; he may even achieve his unlikely dream of becoming a samurai.
(Grades 4–6; Live via Zoom)