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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 was The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers, 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--hosted events allowing participants to delve into the themes from this book. Events included an author talk, book discussions, films, a field trip, art & writing workshops, music, trivia, and much more. 


Scotts Valley Library hosted 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. 
Click to see the video recording.

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. 
Click to see the event slideshow

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