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OC Public Libraries offering series of programs celebrating Acjachemen culture

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By San Juan Capistrano Library Staff and the Friends of the Library

As part of the OC Stories project, Orange County Public Libraries are offering a series of programs celebrating Acjachemen culture, made possible by California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Indigenous Voices of San Juan Capistrano” gives voice to the region’s first people. To learn more, and to listen to their stories, please visit www.ocstories.org or www.ocpl.org/acjachemen.

Our own San Juan Capistrano Library is proud to host a lecture and discussion of stories produced for the Acjachemen Community Stories Project by cultural anthropologist Stephen O’Neill. “We’re Still Here: To Be a Southern California Native American in the 21st Century” will be featured in the La Sala auditorium on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m.

For those who are more hands-on, Acjachemen basket weaving classes and craft demonstrations will take place on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. and March 10 at 11 a.m. Reservations are required for those who want to make a basket. Please call the library to reserve your spot today.

The library also provides story times, free internet, helpful staff, and so much more. Check out these additional programs offered in the upcoming weeks:

  • This year’s “Big Read” book selection is “Everything I Never Told” Youby Celeste Ng. Our Mission Readers book club will be discussing Ng’s powerful novel at the library on Jan. 25 at 10:30 a.m.
  • On Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., the San Juan Capistrano Friends of the Library will be screening the film “Loving,” starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, in La Sala. A $2 donation is much appreciated, with proceeds benefiting library programs.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m., Professor Patrick Scott Geyer will be back with his popular archaeology lecture as he discusses the Moche Pre-Incas of Peru.No reservations are required, but seating in the fireside room is limited, so please arrive on time.
  • Love handicrafts? The “Do Your Worsted” drop-in stitching group meets Wednesday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. Bring your project and join them for conversation, sharing and fun.

For more information about these and other library events, please visit www.ocpl.org.

The “Branching Out” column is a collaboration between San Juan Capistrano Library staff and the Friends of the Library, a nonprofit that supports the library and its programs by raising funds through its on-site bookstore and special events. For more information on the library, visit www.ocpl.org or follow @SJCFriends on Facebook.

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