2013-city-of-santa-maria-logo-colorThe Santa Maria Public Library, in conjunction with the California State Library and other public libraries throughout California, will present an important, powerful, and thought- provoking event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Internment of Japanese Americans.  This free event will include a discussion from a camp survivor along with a documentary film highlighting the experiences of other survivors, and will conclude with a question and answer segment.

A survivor of two camps, Margaret Nakamura Cooper, will speak at the Santa Maria Public Library on Thursday, February 23rd from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in Shepard Hall.  Margaret was only 12 years old when the relocation to two different camps occurred.  Margaret states, “my face was my only crime.”

Seating is limited at this event and offered on a first come, first served basis.  Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a seat at this event.

Beginning on Saturday, February 18th and continuing through Friday, February 24th the library will also present a display containing a variety of books on this important topic which encourage patrons to learn more about this issue and encourage patrons to begin a dialogue with one another.  This display will be located on the second floor of the library, and the books will be available for patrons to check out or to place on hold.

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. The library is located at 421 S. McClelland Street.  Questions may be directed to the library’s Reference Services, 925-0994 extension 8562.

Department:                             Public Library

Contact Person:                       Joyce Fischer, Librarian II

Telephone Number:                  (805) 925-0994 ext. 2331

E-mail Address:                       hfischer@cityofsantamaria.org