Saturday, February 18, 2017

Library to Host Community Talks on Veterans

Your Abilene Public Library is pleased to participate in the Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience series of community discussions.  Supported by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, this series seeks to "encourage communities to engage in tough but important conversations."  For 2017, that focus will be on what happens when veterans return home.

This series aims to bridge the gap among those who have served their country in the military with those who have not, and how each relates to one another in communities.  All sessions will be hosted at the South Branch Library (4310 Buffalo Gap Rd. - inside the Mall of Abilene) and the first event will run on Wednesday, March 8 at noon.  Designed as a brown bag series, those who attend are welcome to bring a lunch; water and tea provided.

At this session, we will be viewing a 15-minute TED Talk titled "The Moral Obligation to Know Our Veterans" presented by Dr. Mike Haynie, Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.  After this presentation, guests will be able to join in on a discussion about what we heard, share our thoughts, and foster a community dialog.

Along with this discussion, we will introduce the Read Across Texas book selection, by Siobhan Fallon, titled You Know When the Men Are Gone.  Copies will be available at the program for guests to checkout and read.  This book contains a collection of interconnected stories that relate the experiences of Fort Hood military wives who share a poignant vigil during which they raise children while waiting for their husbands to return.

You'll not want to miss out on this series, in partnership with 2-1-1 A Call for Help Military Partnership, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Veterans Peer Network, and Workforce Development.  Again, this military brown bag lunch series will kick off at the South Branch Library on Wednesday, march 8 at noon and is designed for families and veterans.  Come start up the conversation at your library and help shed light on this important topic.

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