Imagine every resident of a city reading one particular book, to the point that people could be having discussions about it all over town.
That’s the general idea behind a national reading promotion program coming to San Pablo called “One City, One Book.” The San Pablo Library and San Pablo Rotary Club are partnering to bring the program to children and families. The Rotary Club is providing every fourth grader in San Pablo with a free copy of the chosen book, and the Library is hosting a series of public programs to discuss the book.
And what book would that be?
The selected title for 2018 is Eleanor Coerr’s classic “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” which is based on a true story of a young girl growing up in post-World War II Hiroshima, Japan and her race against time to complete her goal to fold 1,000 paper cranes.
As San Pablo residents read the book, they’ll be invited to to Library events including a presentation by a local Japanese storyteller; Origami folding; a talk about Japanese internment during World War II; and a live performance by Emeryville Taiko.
“This book teaches many important lessons that are still relevant today,” said County Librarian Melinda Cervantes. “We hope this book brings about meaningful discussions between children and their parents and in the classroom.”