One City, One Story

 ONE CITY ONE STORY

Welcome to One City One Story, a program encouraging all residents, preschool to seniors,  to read books sharing a common theme, encouraging dialogue and fostering  a greater sense of community... one page at a time.  

2017 One City One Story Community Read

The Book of Unknown Americans

The One City One Story Committee is pleased to announce The Book of Unknown Americans as the 2017 One City One Story title. The novel uses first person reminiscences from an array of characters from Latin American countries who speak about their reasons for coming to the United States. Focusing on a star-crossed love story between two teenagers, the novel showcases hopes, dreams, guilt and love – and offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be an American.

For our younger readers we have chosen titles to continue this year’s “story” of the immigrant experience, and celebrate the diversity of our community and the commonalities that bring us together. 

For our younger readers:
Middle Grade:
Save Me a Seat
by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Picture Book:
Mango, Abuela and Me
by Meg Medina

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Unless noted otherwise, all programs will take place at the Milford Public Library. Some programs require registration.
Library programs are generously funded by the Friends of the Milford LIbrary.
Sunday, April 2 at 1:00pm: 2017 One City One Story Kick-off!
Join us as we celebrate the start of One City One Story month in Milford! We will have a short skype visit with Cristina Henriquez, author of this year's adult selection, The Book of Unknown Americans, be entertained by storyteller extraordinaire Laconia Therrio whose stories will help us celebrate our diversity. while uniting us with our similarities, and we will be introducing our newest initiative, Bridge Stories, a community local story gathering initiative. All ages, no registration required.  (Note: The Library is open ONLY for this special event)

Mondays, April 3, 10, 17 & 24 at 10am
Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 10am: ABC Amigos at Preschool Storytime

Hola, ¿cómo estás?! Join us for Preschool Storytimes during the month of April for “ABC Amigos,” a fun, interactive Spanish class for preschoolers! We will sing, dance, play games and read stories in Spanish and English! This program is a great way to introduce a new language to your preschoolers!

Tuesday, April 4 from 5:30-7:00: LEGO Build-a-thon: Building Around the World!
Use your imagination to recreate architecture from around the globe and take a photo with our green screen!  Ages 5 and up,
Thursday, April 6 at 2:00pm: Adult Craft: Korean Lanterns 
Learn how to make beautiful Korean lanterns at this free workshop! Enjoy a short film about Korean history and sample some Korean snacks! All instructions and materials provided. Class size is limited. Please call 203.783.3292 to register. 
Saturday, April 8 at 2:30pm: Classical Indian Dance
All ages are welcome to watch the NatyaMudra School of Dance perform a demonstration of the ancient and popular dance Bharatanatyam and other traditional Indian dances.
Sunday, April 9 at 2:00pm: Songs of Ireland and Irish America
Musician/historian Rick Spencer, accompanied by singer Dawn Indermuehle, will take us on a musical journey through the history of Irish American song. Copies of Spencer's cd will be for sale (cash, check or credit card).  (Note: The Library is open ONLY for this special performance).
Monday, April 10 at 6:00pm: Zap! Ka-Pow! Create!
Characters such as Kal-El (Superman), Kamala Khan (Ms. MArvel) and Jin Wang (American Born Chinese) show the struggle of having two identities in American culture. The YA Department and the Brain Station invite you to create your own story through comics - no art skills required but bring your laptop if you prefer to use your own! This program is for students in grades 6-12. Call 203-783-3292 to register.
Tuesday, April 11 from 11:00am-3:00pm: Tinker Tuesday: Wish You Were Here! 
Have fun with our green screen! Take a virtual vacation and "send" a postcard of yourself "visiting" a world landmark! (drop-in to the Library Brain Station anytime during program hours)
Wednesday, April 12 at 2:00pm: Family Paint-In with Gayle Caro
Create colorful art inspired by our One City One Story books, celebrating our diverse family stories. Ages 5 and up. Call the Children's Department at 203-783-3312 to register.
Thursday, April 13 at 2:00pm: Shadows Around the World with Nappy's Puppets
Enjoy fun and engaging stories from around the globe told with the magic of shadow puppets. Family event. 
Saturday, April 15 at 11:00am: Celebrate Birds of the World with Animal Embassy
In the One City One Story preschool selection, Mango, Abuela and Me, Mia and her abuela learn how to communicate better with the help of their pet parrot. Animal Embassy will bring live parrots and birds from around the world and talk about the different ways they communicate.  
Saturday, April 15 at 2:00pm: Save Me a Seat!
In our middle grade One City One Story selection, Save Me a Seat, Joe and Ravi are from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: school! Anyone who read the book is invited for fun activities, friends and lunchroom snacks. We'll be sure to save you a seat!
Tuesday, April 18 at 6:15pm: Music Together
Share music and instruments across cultures! Ages 0 -5.  Call the Children's Department at 203-783-3312 to register.
Thursday, April 20 at 7:00pm: Mariachi Fiesta del Norte: A Night of Latin Music! 
Dressed in traditional attire, this music group will entertain with mariachis, nortenas and marimba music, all played on authentic instruments.  Between musical numbers the group will share cultural insights and stories.  
Saturday, April 22 at 10:30am:  Let's Learn about India! 
Learn about India with Jyothi Chintapalli, who will introduce us to Indian daily life. Crafts for the youngsters, henna for young adults, and displays of Indian outfits, jewelry and artifacts. A visit to India the whole family will enjoy! 
Monday, April 24 at 6:30pm: No-Cook Kids' Cooking Class
Make some yummy food from around the globe with the dietician from Shop-Rite of Milford. Space is limited. Registration is required and begins on April 3. Call the Children's Department at 203-783-3312 to register.
Wednesday, April 26 at 9:45am: NIA: a dynamic mixture of modern dance, martial arts and yoga
Join instructor Nancy Hammett for this creative movement class incorporating music from Africa, Spain, Ireland and the Middle East. $15.00 Drop-In fee.  NOTE: This program is at the Milford Center for the Arts,  For more information, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.  
Wednesday, April 26 from 6:00-7:30pm: Creative Writing Club for Tweens
Try your hand at some letter writing as an American immigrant! This month, we're joined by Milford Poet Laureat Mick Theebs to do some fun research on what it was like for immigrants arriving at Ellis Island. Then we'll write letter or post cards from the point of view of those immigrants arriving in America.  Call the Children's Department at 203-783-3312 to register.
Wednesday, April 28 at 9:45am: NIA: a dynamic mixture of modern dance, martial arts and yoga
Join instructor Nancy Hammett for this creative movement class incorporating music from Africa, Spain, Ireland and the Middle East.
$15.00 Drop-In fee.  NOTE: This program is at the Milford Center for the Arts,  For more information, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.  
Saturday, April 29 at 11:00am: Let Us Remember - A Talk About Our Italian Ancestors 
Author Anthony Riccio has spent a lifetime interviewing and photographing italian immigrants. He has written three books and will share the stories he has learned. Copies of Riccio's books will be for sale ($25.00 - $30.00). Cash or check only. 
Sunday, April 30 at 1:00pm: Examining the U.S. Constitution 
Associate Professor of History and popular lecturer, Hamish Lutris, will give us the inside story of how our country was "conceived in liberty". Prior to the lecture, the Law and Foran High School choirs will entertain us with songs and folllowing the lecture, the Milford Concert Band will provide some patriotic music as we conclude the 2017 One City, One Story programs. Free copies of the Constitution will be available while they last!  NOTE: This program will be held at the Milford City Hall Auditorium.
 
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Reserve your copy at the Library and start reading today!
 
Past Selections
2016:
Adult title:
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Jmes Brown
Middle grade title:
Jim Thorpe: Original All-American by Joseph Bruchac
Elementary title:
Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
2015:
Adult/Middle Grade title:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Elementary title:
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Have a suggestion or comment for the One City One Story Committee? Email: OneCityOneStory@gmail.com.