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Author Presentations (open to the public)
Due to COVID-19 all events, book clubs, and presentations have been cancelled.
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NEA Big Read: Fox Cities Reads Events
We are always adding events, so visit the website often or check out our Facebook page for the most current listing!
Public Presentations by Kao Kalia Yang
Thursday, April 16, 2:00PM at Kaukauna High School – 1701 County Rd CE, Kaukauna
Thursday, April 16, 6:30PM at the Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center – 1050 Zephyr Drive, Neenah
Bridging Two Worlds – Forging an Identity
Saturday, January 25, 2:00 PM– 4:00 PM – Appleton Public Library – 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton. Parking: Metered lot, ramp, or metered street. (920) 832-6173
The Hmong have been in the United States for over 40 years and yet to many, they are still the best kept secret of the Vietnam War. Dr. Pafoua (Pam) Her was part of the earliest Hmong families that resettled in the United State as political refugees after the Vietnam War. Dr. Her will discuss her personal experiences as a refugee child, young adult and woman in the United States and how she forged her identity and leveraged her experiences to create understanding, inclusion and unity. She will also discuss many aspects and traditions of the Hmong culture such as marriages, funerals, family relationships, clan structures, and more
The Building For Kids Diversity Discovery Free Day
Sunday, February 9 – The Building For Kids Children’s Museum – 100 W. College Ave., Appleton. Parking: Metered lot, ramp, or metered street.
Librarians will be reading A Map Into The World and sharing hands-on activities for families to learn, discover, and celebrate diversity.
CANCELLED OR POSTPONED: Hmong in Wisconsin: A Hmong Diaspora Event
Saturday, March 21, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Menasha Public Library – 440 1st Street, Menasha.
Hmong diaspora discussion, featuring a panel about the Hmong refugee and resettlement experience in Wisconsin at 10am. The Diaspora is part of a statewide event; co-hosted by the Hmong Institute and Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Drawing in part from the new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book HMONG IN WISCONSIN by Mai Zong Vue, which is part of the Society Press’s “People of Wisconsin” series. Light refreshments will be served. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.
CANCELLED OR POSTPONED: Storycatchers Live: Home
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30PM – Kimberly Public Library- 515 W Kimberly Ave, Kimberly.
What does ‘Home’ mean to you? Is it a place you can return to again and again? Is it something you’ve never quite found? Your family? Friends? Have you clicked your heels three times hoping to be transported? Learned important lessons when you’ve stepped away from what you’ve always known? How has this idea of home played a role in your life? Hear more around the theme of ‘HOME’ at this live storytelling event where members of the community become storytellers sharing (mostly) true stories. You DO NOT need to tell a story to join in the fun! After all, a story isn’t a story without someone to tell it to.
The deadline for storyteller submissions is March 22nd. For more information, visit storycatcherscommunity.com
CANCELLED OR POSTPONED: A Map Into the World Storytime
Thursday, April 9, 9:30AM – Kaukauna Public Library – 207 Thilmany Road #200, Kaukauna.
Storytime featuring A Map Into the World with guest storyteller Chong Kha. This storytime is appropriate for ages 3-5 but siblings are welcome.
SPARK– Sharing Story Cloths
Monday, April 13, 10:00AM – 11:30AM and 1:00PM – 2:00 PM – The Trout Museum of Art – 111 W. College Ave, Appleton. Parking: Metered lot, ramp, or metered street.
SPARK! is a free monthly engagement art program for caregivers and loved ones living with memory loss. Each one-hour program is led by specially trained museum educators who cultivate interactive visual art experiences. Learn about the art of Hmong storytelling through vibrant needlework and textile, and how years of culture and history are documented in every stitch.
Traveling Story Cloth Display
Come and see authentic Hmong story cloths! Hmong story cloths were created by hand to tell traditional and personal stories. Many Hmong story cloths were made to keep ancient legends and traditional stories alive. Some cloths tell an individual’s story. Personal themes that are often told through Hmong story cloths include war, loss of homeland, refugee camps, and even new life in America. Come see the extraordinary needlework and learn the stories the cloths tell in this display.
February: Kimberly Public Library
March: Menasha Public Library
April: Trout Museum of Art
Book Clubs and Discussions
Date and Time: Thursday, March 12, 1:00PM
Location: Kimberly Public Library
Description: The Afternoon Book Club (Latehomecomer)
Date and Time: Monday, March 17, 2:00PM
Location: Menasha Public Library
Description: NonFiction Book Club (Latehomecomer)
Date and Time: Monday, March 23, 10:00AM and 6:30PM
Location: Neenah Public Library
Description: Monday Morning Book Klatch (The Song Poet)
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 14, 10:00AM
Location: Kaukauna Public Library
Description: Daytime Book Club (Latehomecomer)
Date and Time: Monday, April 20, 6:30PM
Location: Little Chute Public Library
Description: The Evening Book Club (Latehomecomer)
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School visits are open to students and staff only.
Dr. Matthew Desmond, Evicted
Ruta Sepetys, Salt To The Sea
Sharon Draper, Stella By Starlight
David Sheff, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction
Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train
R. J. Palacio, Wonder
Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder
Bill Strickland, Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary
Luis Alberto Urrea, Into the Beautiful North and The Devil’s Highway
Lesley Kagen, Whistling in the Dark
Michael Perry, Off Main Street, Population: 485, and Truck
Alice Hoffman, Blackbird House and Green Angel
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed