Programs are currently being scheduled at various public libraries during September, October and November around the themes of The Kite Runner. Headlining the special programs for One Book – One Lincoln are Thomas Gouttierre and Abdul Raheem Yaseer from the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The center has provided national and international leadership in collaborative programming and scholarship related to Afghanistan for more than 30 years. Gouttierre, director of the center, and Yaseer, assistant director, will add much to the appreciation and understanding of Afghanistan and “The Kite Runner.” In addition, members of the Lincoln Afghan community will share pieces of their culture as well as their experiences living in Afghanistan. And two of Lincoln’s favorite book reviewers will present a program on some of the major themes in the “The Kite Runner.” This list of special programs and events will also be published in the official Resource Guide in the Lincoln Journal Star on September 19th. All events are free and open to the public, and we encourage you to attend!
“The Kite Runner” offers a glimpse into Afghanistan, a place most Lincolnites have never visited. Renowned scholar Thomas Gouttierre, will present a brief history of the country, from its tumultuous past to the tenuous present.
Sunday, September 25 2005, 2:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th St.
Abdul Raheem Yaseer, assistant director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University Of Nebraska at Omaha, will present this special program. Yaseer, born in Kabul, Afghanistan, will talk about the traditions, religions and ethnic groups of his homeland.
Sunday, October 9 2005, 2:00 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th St.
“The Kite Runner” begins prior to the Russian occupation and concludes under Taliban rule. Three former residents of Afghanistan, will speak about their lives in their homeland and in Lincoln. They will offer three perspectives: Before the Russian occupation, during the occupation and during Taliban rule.
Sunday, October 16 2005, 2:00 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
3635 Touzalin Ave.
“The Kite Runner” tells the story of family, friendship and betrayal, atonement and redemption. Book reviewers Otis Young and Charles Stephen will discuss “The Kite Runner” and the universal themes woven throughout the book.
Sunday, October 30 2005, 2:00 p.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S. 14th St.
“The Kite Runner” provided readers with a glimpse of life in Afghanistan before and after wars and occupation decimated the spectacular beauty of the country. Members of Lincoln’s Afghan community will share a glimpse of that world through displays of music, art, books, jewelry and clothing.
Sunday, November 6 2005, 2:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior St.