The Santa Maria Public Library facilitates a monthly book club named The Valley Reads.  The club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month in Shepard Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Each month a new title is read and discussed along with coffee and snacks served.

To join The Valley Reads, please come to the Santa Maria Public Library.  Sign-ups are available at the second floor information desk.

This month’s selection is Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown’s classic, eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication. It has sold over four million copies in multiple editions and has been translated into seventeen languages.

Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the series of battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them and their people demoralized and decimated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was won, and lost. It tells a story that should not be forgotten, and so must be retold from time to time.

The meeting will be Tuesday, July 26 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The library’s hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday.

Questions may be directed to the Reference Department, 925-0994 ext. 8562.


Department:                           Santa Maria Public Library

Contact Person:                     Daniel Slutske, Library Technical Assistant

Telephone Number:                (805) 925-0994 ext. 1168

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