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Join us for the Farewell to Manzanar Program Series from August 11 thru September 23. Featuring the book Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, these programs and activities are designed to promote discussions of democracy and what it means, as well as explore and celebrate Japanese culture. Our goal is to stimulate thoughtful reflection and lively discussion among friends and neighbors, families and strangers about the past, present and future of democracy and promote cultural understanding. Read the book. Attend a program. Join the discussion. Share your voice.

Activities For Teens, Adults & Families

Toro Nagashi Floating Lantern Ceremony
Shinzen Friendship Garden
Aug 11 @ 7PM

Nisei Voices
Online Oral History

Watch Personal Stories of Japanese Internees

Photography Exhibit Ansel Adams' Manzanar Relocation Camp
Fresno Art Museum
Exhibit Opens Aug 10
Art Reception Aug 17 @ 5:30PM

Photography Exhibit Dorothea Lange’s “Impounded”
Multiple Branches
Aug 10 - Sep 29

Trace Your Family Roots Using Ancestry.com
Fowler Library on
Aug 16 @ 6PM
Sunnyside Library on Aug 30 @ 9AM

Panel Discussion
Infringement of American Civil Librerties

Fresno Art Musuem
Aug 17 @ 6:30PM

Sushi Crawl
Rate Your Favorite Local Sushi Restaurant & Enter to Win a Dinner for 2

Japanese Cultural Sampler
Woodward Park Library
August 18
11AM - 3PM

Broadcast Premiere of “From a Silk Cocoon”
Valley PBS Channel 18 Aug 19 @ 7:30PM

Author Talk
Farewell to Manzanar Author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Fresno City College Theater
Aug 24 @ 7PM

Poetry Reading
Poetry of Justice
w/ Poet Lee Herrick

Gillis Branch Library
Aug 30 @ 7PM

Film Screening
"Farewell to Manzanar

Multiple Branches & Dates

Film Screening
“The Cats of Mirikatani”

Fig Garden Library
Aug 30 @ 7PM

Film Screening
"Valor with Honor"
w/ Director Q&A

Clovis Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Sept 8 @ 7PM

The Art of Manga
Discussion by Japanese Int’l Students
Multiple Branches
Sept 11-Sept 27

Grateful Crane 1940’s Musical Review
Unitarian Universalist Church on Alluvial
Sept 15 @ 7PM

Jazz @ the Library
Japanese Americans in Jazz
Woodward Park Library
Sept 18 @ 7PM

Bus Trip to Manzanar
Overnight trip to Lone Pine to visit the Manzanar Nat’l Historic Site
Sept 22 & 23

Book Discussion
Farewell to Manzanar

Ages 13 to Adult
Multiple Branches

All Programs at a Glance



Activities & Resources for Kids, Teens & Teachers

After School Crafts Origami
Ages 7-12
Multiple Branches Aug 14-Sept 25

 Preschool Storytimes
Meet Japan

Ages 3-5
Multiple Branches
Aug 15-Sept 26

After School Crafts
Making Candy Sushi

Ages 12-17
Multiple Branches
Aug 11-Sept 27

For Teachers
K-12 Korematsu Teacher's Guide

Cal Humanities Teacher's Guide

California Reads programs are made possible with support from Cal Humanities in partnership with California Center for the Book.

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American Civil Liberties Union • California Opera Association • Central California Asian Pacific American Bar Association • Central California Asian Pacific Women • Central California District Council of Japanese American Citizens League • Clovis Japanese American Citizens League • Clovis Veterans Memorial District • CSUF Asian Faculty and Staff Association • Fig Garden Rotary Club • Fresno Art Museum • Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple • Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Women • Fresno Bonsai Society • Fresno City College • Fresno Japanese American Citizens League • Legion of Valor Museum • Shinzen Japanese Garden Society • Unitarian Universalist Church • University Square Hotel • Wendy Maruyama and the Tag Project • The Center for Multicultural Cooperation