Big Read 2021
In February and March of 2021, the Las Cruces community will come together to explore When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka for the Big Read.
This award-winning title shares the experiences of a Japanese American family incarcerated by the United States government following the attack on Pearl Harbor that precipitated the United States’ entry into World War II.
The schedule for the Big Read is below. Use the links to explore topics, find information and attend virtual events. Programs are still being scheduled, links and more information will be added soon! Check back often for program information, resources and more.
|February 19:||Opening Session: A Day of Remembrance|
|Week 1: February 20-26||Days of Infamy: World War II and Japanese Americans in Context
|Week 2: February 27-March 5||Confinement in the Land of Enchantment: New Mexico's Historical Experiences with Concentration Camps|
|Week 3: March 6-12||Bending Toward Justice: "...the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."|
|Week 4: March 13-19||Healing: Remembrance and Return|
|March 20:||Closing Session|
|Big Read Tool Kit||Pick up a FREE copy of the book and find resources and information on the Big Read.|
|For Children and Teens||Big Read resources for Children and Teens|