Activities tied to community read

Each year, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Community Read encourages county residents to read and discuss a single, outstanding book. The title selected for 2019 is “The Atomic City Girls” by Janet Beard. This historical World War II novel takes place in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where thousands of people are working in military plants but have no idea they are generating uranium to fuel the atomic bomb.

The highlight of the Community Read will be a visit by the author. Janet Beard will speak at 7 p.m. March 28 at Tiffin Middle School. Her visit is made possible by the Tiffin-Seneca Library Foundation and generous donors in the community. The author’s talk will include a question-and-answer session and book signing. Books can be purchased at Paper and Ink, and a limited quantity will be sold the night of the event.

The Community Read includes public libraries, schools and organizations within Seneca County. Middle school students are reading “Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin. Elementary students will read about Sadako Sasaki and the thousand paper cranes to learn about the bomb’s effects on the people of Japan and the message of peace that has become Sadako’s legacy.

Thanks to a grant from the White Family Trust of the Tiffin Charitable Foundation, we were able to purchase copies of the books for area schools and libraries. Copies of the books are available now for checkout at the library. “The Atomic City Girls” and “Bomb” also are available as an e-book and audiobook through the Ohio Digital Library.

Book discussions of “The Atomic City Girls” will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at Autumnwood Care Center and 6:30 p.m. March 18 at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. In addition, we will host several related programs at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evenings:

• Feb. 28 — The War Effort in Seneca County — Tonia Hoffert, director of the Seneca County Museum, will share how Seneca County businesses, industries, and people contributed to the war effort during WWII.

• March 7 — Ohio Women in Wartime, 1917-1945 — Susan Talbot-Stanaway will explain how two world wars led Ohio women to enter new roles in the workforce, the community and at home.

• March 14 — The Tuskegee Airmen — Courtney Gaiter of the Ohio Memorial Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen will explore the origins and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, an Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft in WWII.

• March 28 — “The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki” — Sue DiCicco, the founder of the Peace Crane Project, will discuss writing and researching the first telling of Sadako’s complete and true story to English speakers. DiCicco co-authored the book with Sadako’s brother, Masahiro Sasaki.

The final event will be a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. April 2. The International Cultural Center, Heidelberg University and Tiffin University will partner to present “Japan: More than Anime & Sushi.” While fully embracing life in the age of technology, Japan still honors the traditions and wisdom of past generations. Panelists will share new perspective on the people, cultures and country of Japan.

All events will be at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information, visit the Community Read web page or call the library at (419) 447-3751.

Trinity Lescallett is adult services manager at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library