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Redwood City Community Invited to be Part of San Mateo County-Wide “One Book – One Community”Month-Long Book Reading Event in October

Redwood City, CA - August 25, 2009 - “One Book, One Community” is an exciting community activity that invites everyone in Redwood City and throughout San Mateo County to read the same great book, at the same time!  We invite readers to gather for book discussions, literary presentations, film, music and dance performances, and related family programs and cultural events at our libraries in Redwood City and County-wide throughout October.

Chitra Divakaruni, Author of The Mistress of Spices will kick off the month-long program on Thursday, October 1st at 7 p.m., appearing in conversation with KALW radio New America Now host, Sandip Roy at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center (600 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo).  The event is free and open to all.  A question and answer and book signing will follow the interview.

As an enticing preview of the great selection of October One Book-One Community events, the Redwood City Library has scheduled a special film screening in early September: Wednesday September 2 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library Community Room, Monsoon Wedding – A Film with Professor David Clay – about family relationships that knit and break during a wedding (rated R). Introduced by David Clay, who teaches film study and appreciation and literature in the Humanities Division at Cañada College.

October’s events in Redwood City include:

  • Movies at the Library - Bride & Prejudice
    Wednesday October 7 at 6:30 pm - Downtown Library Community Room. A Bollywood interpretation of the Jane Austen classic.

  • Dholrhythms - Dance Program
    Thursday, October 8 at 7 pm - Downtown Library Community Room. Dholrhythms hosts classes, workshops, performances, and events all dedicated to sharing the folk dances of Punjab, India.
  • Woman by Woman: New Hope for the Villages of India - Film with Director Dorothy Fadiman
    Thursday, October 15 at 7 pm - Downtown Library Community Room. Vivid images portray the humanity of the people, the beauty of the countryside, and the toll of centuries of poverty. Woman by Woman will be introduced by its Academy Award-nominated filmmaker.

  • Aruna Chinnakotla -  Aerobic Indian Dance Program
    Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm – Downtown Library Family Place. Family-participation aerobic Indian Dance program, including a traditional Indian dance demonstrated by 10-year old Bharathi Chinnokotla.
  • Book Group - Let's Talk Books – - Mistress of Spices Book Discussion Thursday, October 15 at noon Downtown Library Small Meeting Room. Read the book and join in a discussion of Divakaruni’s remarkable novel about choosing between a life of special powers and one of ordinary love and compassion.
  • Bookmaking for Everyone - Craft Program
    Thursday, October 8 at 4 pm - Fair Oaks Library and Thursday, October 15 at 4 pm - Schaberg Library. Join us as we turn exotic handmade papers from India into small books that are perfect as journals or notebooks.

  • Duniya Dance & Drum Company - Dance Program
    Tuesday October 20 at 7 pm - Redwood Shores Library Community Room
    Duniya creates dance from Punjab, India, and Guinea, West Africa, and its own unique blends of these forms.  The word duniya means "world" in many languages, including Punjabi.

For information on the “One Book – One Community” program, visit  Get the book today at any Redwood City library.

The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults, and families, and is the learning center of our community. For more information about library events and services you may access the library’s home page at or call 780-7026.

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Roz Kutler
Redwood City Public Library


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