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Our Community Reads
Sponsored by several chapters of Friends of the Santa Cruz Library

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OUR COMMUNITY READS is designed to bring members of the Santa Cruz County community together around one book. The winning book for the 2024 Season is The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers. This is the true story of a young Yemeni/American’s harrowing journey through his war-torn ancestral homeland in his quest to bring an ancient coffee to the rest of the world.

     Five library Friends groups--Aptos, La Selva Beach, Capitola, Felton, and Scotts Valley--are hosting events that allow participants to delve into the themes from this book. Events include an author talk, book discussions, films, a field trip, art & writing workshops, music, trivia, and much more. All events are free and open to the public but require a reservation. Some events fill up fast.       The Friends encourage everyone to grab a copy and get informed. The calendar of events is posted here with links to the various activities. Our Community Reads events start in late January and run through the end of February. 


Scotts Valley Library is hosting two events for this year's Community Reads:

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TALK: Sacred Brew? The Religious, Political, and Cultural Role of Coffee in Yemen
Friday, February 2, 6pm to 8pm
Dr. Flagg Miller, UC Davis Professor of Religious Studies, talks about the role coffee plays in Yemeni culture and about his current coffee-growing research project in Yemen.
Dessert and coffee will be provided. Registration required

Saturday, Feb 10th 11am to 1pm
Starting with a few coffee-flavored writing prompts to get you motivated, facilitators June Langhoff and members of the Santa Cruz chapter of Shut Up & Write follow up with silent writing, and end with optional sharing. 
Loads of encouragement, coffee & cookies will be provided. 
Registration is required.

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