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Come Together: One Book – One Community

Where were YOU in 1968? They say that if you can remember the Sixties, you weren’t really there. So…if you missed those years—or if you weren’t born yet—don’t despair—it’s cool. Come together in 2018 to mark a special time and to share experiences as we broaden and deepen our community through sharing one book.

This April, in partnership with Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and Rye Libraries, Harrison Library will be facilitating a Community Read of the book 1968: The Year that Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky. The library encourages members of the community to read the same book, to participate in historical, cultural and entertainment-based programs, and to come together to examine the issues raised in the book.

Discussion of the book will take place on April 11 at 7 pm at Harrison Library hosted by The Millennium Book Club and on Thursday, April 12 at 3:30 pm at the West Harrison Library.

According to Harrison Library Director Galina Chernykh, “We believe this book can serve as an excellent springboard for discussions of universal issues such as civil rights, freedom, war and peace and more. It is our hope that this program will broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and compel friends, families, and neighbors to share their experiences while reading the same book. We hope also to understand how the events of 1968 are relevant today.”

During the month of April, the Harrison Library website will be featuring the 1968 Harrison High School Yearbook on Harrison Remembers. Calling all Harrison graduates of 1968! Please contact the Library Director, Galina Chernykh, or call (914) 835-0324.

On Wednesday, April 11 at 4:30 pm at the West Harrison Library, modern pop artist Michael Albert will give a short talk on the explosive art movement of the 1960’s. Afterward, he will guide us in creating a pop-art collage utilizing parts of cereal boxes.

“We Shall Overcome” concert will explore the power of music in times of great social upheaval. This event will be held at All Saints Church on Friday, April 13 at 7:30 pm.

“Great Decisions,” the Library’s discussion program on world affairs, will focus on Russia’s foreign policy on April 16 from 1:30-3:30pm. We will examine the shadows of the Cold War that have stretched into current day.

Folksinger Caroline Doctorow will present a “Love-In” program featuring folksongs and food of the 1960s at the West Harrison Library on Monday, April 16 at 5:30 pm.

All fashionistas are invited to enjoy a 1960s-inspired fashion show on Sunday, April 22 at 2 pm at Harrison Library.

The 1968 finale! The library invites the Harrison community to a ‘60s sing-along with The Bookends Band at The Tannery Bar & Kitchen on April 22 at 7:30 pm. The concert is free. Come and toast to 1968 with us!

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