Canyon Lake Reads

Canyon Lake Reads 2017

Sponsored by the Friends of TPML

What if everyone in Canyon Lake read the same book? What if all of us then joined all those other readers for the month of March with discussions and activities that are centered around the book?

If together we read, together we grow!

The book that’s been chosen is The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell.  Meet the author on opening night and begin to learn about FDR’s secret prisoner exchange program during WWII that imprisoned people right here in Texas. Read the first-hand accounts of American citizens and non-citizens who were placed in internment camps. Hear a documentary about one man who fought for his civil rights and refused to be interned. View a movie that depicts life for the prisoners. Cook foods and learn about other cultures at the Wednesday Lunch ‘n Learn programs. Experience a unique closing dinner program, and take a bus trip to Isamu Taniguchi’s Peace Garden in Austin.

Copies of The Train to Crystal City are now available from the library and in the bookstore.  Help us build a strong sense of community for Canyon Lake, promote literacy, and grow together!

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, March 7 at 6:00 pm: Grand Kickoff Reception. Presentation by author Jan Jarboe Russell, with time for Q&A and book signing.

Wednesday, March 8 at noon: Ikebana – Traditional Japanese Flower Arranging. Presentation by Vivian Miller, a student and teacher of the Ikenobo School for over twenty years.

Wednesday, March 15 at noon: Japanese Tea Ceremony – ChaDo (“Way of Tea”). Performed by Dr. Sheila Fling, a student and teacher of the 500 year old practice for over 24 years.

Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 pm: Internment Camps and the Outbreak of War. As seen by South Texas children who were there: Betty Colley, Harold Mandell, Myra Lee and Glyn Goff. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – F. D. Roosevelt

Friday, March 17 at 6:00 pm: “Come See The Paradise”. A movie starring Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita. The film is a love story that depicts one family’s struggle during internment. (Rated R)

Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 pm: Smithson Valley HS Discussion / Debate – The Pros and Cons of Internment. An award-winning high school team debates internment during wartime, using a point / counterpoint format.

Wednesday, March 22 at noon: Traditional German Food (Strudel). A cooking demonstration by professional baker Hannah Matthes. Everyone gets a taste!

Wednesday, March 29 at noon: The Fred Korematsu Story – Of Civil Wrongs and Rights. A documentary film about one ordinary man’s extraordinary fight for justice.

Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 pm: Dinner at the Camp. Join your neighbors for a unique dining experience at the library. Seating will be limited, and reservations are required.

Saturday, April 1, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Bus Trip to Isamu Taniguchi’s Peace Garden in Austin. Join your neighbors for an interesting visit to this botanical gem. Only 40 seats are available; reservations are required.