Livermore Reads Together

Livermore Reads Together

Livermore together  

Livermore Reads Together (LRT) is the Livermore Public Library's annual community-wide reading program that occurs each February. The City of Livermore is encouraged to read the same book and participate in the month-long series of free LRT events for adults, children, and teens. LRT aims to boost community engagement with literature through reading and discussion. Each year the Livermore community is presented with five book titles for the following year’s Livermore Reads Together. The book with the most votes ( gathered via online poll) wins.

For the 12th annual Livermore Reads Together, the 2018 LRT selection features the New York Times bestseller and #1 international bestseller A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. The community of Livermore is invited to read A Long Way Home and join their neighbors by participating in events related to Indian and Australian culture, travel, Google Earth and more during the month of February 2018. Copies of books and event schedules will be available at all Livermore Public Library locations.

A Long Way Home synopsis: At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India.  He survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.  Brierley always wondered about his origins.  Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home.  One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.  A Long Way Home is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds.  Brierley’s memoir became the basis for Lion, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara that was nominated for six Academy Awards.

From the end of January through February 2018, the library is hosting a series of events for youth and adults that explore the themes in A Long Way Home. All LRT events are free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of The Friends of the Livermore Library.  Read about LRT 2018 in the Friends of the Livermore Library NewsletterThe exciting events planned for LRT 2018 include the following (unless noted, events are held at the Civic Center Library and are free to the public):

  • Sunday, January 28, 2 pm:  Livermore Reads Together Kick-Off Celebration.  The dancers of the Kalaikoil Dance & Arts of India group will perform an enriching program for all ages featuring traditional Indian dance .
  • Thursday, February 1, 7 pm:  Introduction to Google Earth.  Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery.  Learn more about Google Earth with Chris Riley, FixateIO founder and member of The Switch in Livermore.
  • Saturday, February 3, 2 pm:  Maharajas: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts presented by the Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India.
  • Thursday, February 8, 7 pm:  Travel Writer Jeff Greenwald presents his funny and engaging one-man show – Strange Travel Suggestions.
  • Friday, February 9, 3:30 pm:  Folktales from India and Australia.  A fun program for children of all ages with Storyteller John Weaver.
  • Saturday, February 10, 12 pm: Free screening of the Oscar-nominated film Lion (2016, PG-13) at the Vine Cinema & Alehouse on 1722 First St. in Livermore.
  • Sunday, February 11:  Geocaching Adventure for all ages begins.  Pick up a game sheet at the Civic Center Library and play this real-world outdoor treasure hunt until February 25.
  • Monday, February 12, 7 pm: Award-winning Photojournalist/Author Morton Beebe presents Northern India by Train.
  • Saturday, February 17, 2 pm: All About Adoption panel program.  Gain helpful adoption information and resources with Bethany Christian Services and Bay Area Adoption Services International.
  • Sunday, February 18, 2 pm: All About Google Earth with Dr. John Bailey from Google.  Learn about Google’s Geospatial Tools and other innovative technologies.
  • Wednesday, February 21, 7 pm:  A Long Way Home Readers Theater presented by the Livermore Shakespeare Festival.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2 pm: Didgeridoo Music Concert for kids and families; featuring world-renowned musician William Thoren.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2 pm: Travel Writer April Orcutt presents Australia’s Northern Territory (and other parts).
  • Tuesday, February 27, 3:30 pm:  Make Lion Masks -- fun craft program for kids of all ages at Springtown Library, 998 Bluebell Drive in Livermore.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 7 pm:  Crafting Your Google Search for Genealogy Research with Kay Speaks from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society.

    In addition, throughout the month of February the Civic Center Library Art Gallery will feature a special exhibit of posters highlighting 20 years of cultural events by the Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI).