Kick off our communitywide reading event Anaheim Reads 2022
From Feb. 12 to March 18, Anaheim Public Library will lead a communitywide reading and exploration of the memoir "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui.
"The Best We Could Do" is an illustrated memoir about the author and her family's daring escape during the Vietnam War in 1976. Bui's powerful story provides a vivid perspective on the themes of immigration, belonging, and identity.
Residents can read "The Best We Could Do" and join in a series of events exploring culture, storytelling, and Vietnam's history through March 18.
Kick off the celebration with a live performance from the Thien An Lion Dance Troupe, cultural crafts, and speaker Chau Thuy at Central Library on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Thuy, Vietnamese Heritage Museum president and founder, will share the importance of preserving Vietnam's culture through art and history.
Children can join in the fun and read the companion books "A Different Pond" by Bao Phi and "Listen, Slowly" by Thanhhà Lại. Copies of the books will be given away at the kick-off event and are available for check out at your neighborhood branch.
The month-long celebration is made possible by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.