They Poured Fire on Us From
the Sky Written by Alphonsion Deng, Benson
Deng, Benjamin Ajak, Judy A. Bernstein
The Huntington Beach Reads One Book 2010 book
selection, “They Poured Fire on Us From
the Sky” provides insight into the “back
stories” of refugees in the Southern California
community. Relating the story to our local community,
Orange County is the fourth largest refugee
resettlement sanctuary for those granted asylum
in the U.S. read more
Looking for a great read? The next book selection
for the citywide reading program, Huntington
Beach Reads, is the kids from nowhere: The Story
Behind the Arctic Educational Miracle, by George
Guthridge. read more
Three Cups of Tea Written by Greg
One man's mission to promote peace, one school at a time. The inspiring
account of one man's campaign to build schools in the most dangerous,
remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia read
Huntington Beach Reads One Book invites you
to an exclusive reception and conversation with
Fmr. Capt. Luis Montalvan,
the author of Until Tuesday.
Mingle with the author, city and county dignitaries,
local business leaders, and supporters of HBReads
at this invitation-only event. Enjoy delicious
hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
There is only a limited number of seats
available. Make your reservation
with Animals for Armed Forces
In support of Until Tuesday, HBReads
has partnered with Animals for Armed
Forces and will be sponsoring a free
animal adoption event in Huntington Beach.
Stay tuned for upcoming events.
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Welcome to Huntington
Beach Reads One Book!
Since 2007, the people of Huntington
Beach have been coming together to participate
in HB Reads One Book. The idea: all adult readers,
students and families in Huntington Beach read
the same book at the same time for a community-wide
The books selected for Huntington Beach Reads
One Book invite readers to learn about the diversity
of people, cultures and discuss new perspectives.
We have "traveled" to Pakistan, Alaska,
and the Sudan learning about others and about
ourselves. We introduce readers to the authors,
and bring you programs that share the art, music,
food and experiences of the story.
The Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force
and the Huntington Beach Library Board of Trustees
have joined with the Huntington Beach City Council
to endorse the program. Area high school students,
community organizations, and Southern California
readers have participated in a variety of events
as a part of Huntington Beach Reads One Book.
Each year, the first question asked is "what
is your next book?" and we begin planning
the next reading adventure!
Richard Moore, a retired school librarian—or
“Guybrarian”—is a longtime
resident of Huntington Beach and former Library
Board of Trustees member. He also is the
original HB Reads blogger, the “Info Sherpa.”
Richard, an HB Reads committee member, is happiest
when schlepping books and information to others.
Richard’s Info Sherpa blog focuses on
our featured books and how to make a good read
an even better read, all in an effort to bring
you to book nirvana.
LeRoy Lucian is a well-known figure at the
Huntington Beach Library and a volunteer with
Friends of the Library. A professional
caterer, LeRoy also has expertise in the art
world and brings that perspective to HB Reads.
For the 2009 HB Reads featured book, LeRoy—an
HB Reads committee member—collected Yu’pik
art and artifacts which were put on display
at the library. LeRoy says, “Viewing
art to me has much in common with reading a
book. It can transport you to another place,
another time. It tells a story and offers insights
into the mind and world of its creator. The
materials used and the stylistic aspects reflect
on the culture of its origin. On a more humanistic
level, the emotional impact it conveys illustrates
just how much alike we all are.
Mary Lou Hughes, a longtime Huntington Beach
resident and HB Reads committee member, has
entertained and intrigued young readers as a
children’s storyteller. A retired
teacher/counselor from the Huntington Beach
Union High School District, Mary Lou is one
of the founding members of the "Grandparents
and Books" program at the HB Library