Columbia County Libraries Bring You “Columbia County Reads 2013”
“But because of his telling, many who did not believe have come to believe, and some who did not care have come to care. He tells the story, out of infinite pain, partly to honor the dead, but also to warn the living – to warn the living that it could happen again and that it must never happen again. Better that one heart be broken a thousand times in the retelling, he has decided, if it means that a thousand other hearts need not be broken at all.” – Elie Wiesel
Libraries across Columbia County are inviting their communities to read a common book related to this year’s “Columbia County Reads” theme: the Holocaust.
The purpose of Columbia County Reads is to bring reading to the forefront of public discourse. If everyone reads the same book at the same time, it is hoped that it will inspire discussions, connections and a shared perspective among Columbia County residents. This year’s adult selection is “Night,” by Elie Wiesel and the teen selection is “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” by Jane Yolen.
Speakers from the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center will be hosted in the communities of Rainier, Vernonia and St. Helens.
Evelyn Banko will be speaking at the Vernonia Public Library on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM Evelyn was born in Vienna, Austria in 1936. Her family fled first from the Nazi persecution and murder of Jews in Austria, then from the Russian invasion of Latvia to America by way of China and Japan.
Dave Anderson, a Columbia County artist with work in the permanent collection of Pacific University, will be exhibiting his artwork at both the Vernonia Public Library and the St. Helens Public Library. These works are a tribute to the drawings and poems of the children of the Terezin Concentration Camp. From 1942-1944, approximately 15,000 children were imprisoned at Terezin, Czechoslavakia – fewer than 100 survived. Art will be on display in Vernonia on Saturday, March 9th following Evelyn Banko and Monday, March 11th time TBA at the Vernonia Learning Center.
Information regarding these and additional events can be found at the Vernonia Public Library. All events are free and open to the public.
It’s time for the Spring Book Sale!
Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Vernonia Community Learning Center, 939 Bridge Street. Times to be announced soon