Cal Poly Reading Program Engages 3,000 Freshmen, 200 Volunteers and the City of San Luis Obispo
For the first time, Preface, The Cal Poly Shared Reading Program, is
inviting the entire city of San Luis Obispo to join with new students
for a common intellectual experience.
“Although our town and gown relationship is excellent in San Luis Obispo, this collaboration between the university and the city will serve to make the relationship even better,” said San Luis Obispo City Mayor Dave Romero.
Judy Rohr, manager of the SLO City-County Library anticipates a great response from the community. “Not only is this a well-reviewed and best selling title, but cities and towns across the nation have found that ‘One city/One book’ programs serve as a focal point for community discussions. They strengthen a sense of community and enrich our civic life by bringing people of all ages together to listen to other points of view and share their own responses,” said Rohr.
“Our city joins many leading cities in emphasizing quality of
life issues through lifelong learning. Reading is crucial to an individual’s
education and enjoyment of life. A city-wide program will result in
untold benefits for many individuals,” said Mayor Romero.
To participate in one of the two SLO City Reads community discussion groups on Sept. 21 at the SLO Library, email SLOreads@SLOlibrary.org with a preferred time. For additional information contact Moe McGee, assistant library director, at (805) 781-5990. The Library purchased 20 extra copies of the book with a donation from the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
Patricia Ponce, Cal Poly Preface coordinator encourages those interested to pick up a copy of the book and dive in. “Taking part in Preface & SLO City Reads will reward you with a wonderful, shared intellectual experience and the opportunity to hear first-hand from a fascinating and engaging author who writes about Afghanistan—a current topic for all Americans,” said Ponce.
About “The Kite Runner” and author Khaled
Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1965. His father worked
for the Afghan foreign ministry and his mother was a teacher of Farsi
and History at a large girls high school. In 1976, Khaled's family was
relocated to Paris, France, where his father was assigned a diplomatic
post in the Afghan embassy. The assignment would return the Hosseini
family in 1980, but by then Afghanistan had already witnessed a bloody
communist coup and the Soviet invasion. Khaled's family was granted
political asylum in the U.S. they moved to San Jose, CA, in 1980. Having
lost all of their property in Afghanistan, the Hosseinis lived on welfare
and food stamps for a short while. Khaled attended Santa Clara University
and graduated from UC San Diego School of Medicine. He has been in practice
as an internist since 1996 but his first love has always been writing.
Khaled's vivid, and fond, memories of peaceful pre-Soviet era Afghanistan
led partially to the writing of “The Kite Runner,” his first
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