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Read. think. share. Engage.

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is excited to announce The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard as the 2019 Community Read title. The author will speak to the community on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tiffin Middle School cafetorium. 

This historical novel focuses on the everyday people who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. It takes place in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where thousands of people are working in military plants but have no idea they are generating uranium to fuel the atomic bomb.

The Library has also selected companion titles so that patrons of all ages can be part of the Community Read. Local students will read Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, which is also about the development of the atomic bomb. Mr. Sheinkin will speak to students at local schools on Friday, March 29th.

Elementary students will read books about Sadako and the thousand paper cranes. These books examine the effects of the bomb on the people of Japan and the message of peace that has become Sadako’s legacy. Sue DiCicco, an author and illustrator and founder of the Peace Crane Project, will visit area schools on March 21st and 22nd.

Each year the Community Read encourages people in Seneca County to read the selected title and come together for special events and discussions. Dates for these programs will be announced after the first of the year. The Community Read is made possible by a number of organizations and individuals.  A grant from the White Family Charitable Fund of the Tiffin Community Foundation allowed the library to purchase books for the community and schools, and the authors’ speaking fees have been paid for by the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library Foundation.

For more information or to be involved with the event series, please call the library at (419) 447-3751.

Community Read Special events

As part of the Community Read 2019, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will host a series of special programs to honor the book The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard. The Community Read encourages Seneca County residents to read a book, then come together to think, share, and engage.

As the featured event of the Community Read, the bestselling author will speak on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tiffin Middle School cafetorium. There will be a question and answer session and book signing after the presentation.

On Thursday, February 7, there will be two discussions of The Atomic City Girls. The first will be at 10:30 a.m. and will take place at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library as part of the Let’s Talk About It book discussion group. The second will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Seneca East Public Library.

On Thursday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m., another book discussion will be held at Autumnwood Care Center.

 The first special event, “The War Effort in Seneca County” will be Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. Tonia Hoffert, Director of the Seneca County Museum, will talk about how Seneca County businesses, industries, and people contributed to the war effort during WWII.

“Ohio Women In Wartime: 1917-1945” will take place on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. Susan Talbot-Stanaway of the Ohio Humanities Council will explain how two World Wars led Ohio women to enter new roles in the workforce, community, and at home.

Courtney Gaiter of the Ohio Memorial Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen will be at the Library on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. to explore the origins and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The final book discussion will take place on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tiffin Seneca Public Library.

On Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m., the Library will be hosting “The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki.” Sue DiCicco, the founder of the Peace Crane Project, will discuss writing and researching the first telling of Sadako’s complete and true story to English speakers.

The final event of the 2019 Community Read will be “Japan: More Than Anime and Sushi” on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. This panel discussion with the International Cultural Center, Heidelberg University and Tiffin University will share new perspectives of the people, cultures and country of Japan.

The Community Read is made possible through a grant from the Tiffin Community Foundation’s White Family Charitable Fund of the Tiffin Community Foundation, the Tiffin-Seneca Library Foundation, and generous local donors.

All events are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary, and all events will take place in the Frost Kalnow Room, unless otherwise stated. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

Copies of The Atomic City Girls are available for checkout at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, the Ohio Digital Library, and hoopla. Paper and Ink will have copies for sale leading up to the event, and limited copies will be available for purchase at the author presentation.

For more information, please call the library at (419) 447-3751.

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