World War II the focus of 2013’s ‘Berkeley Reads’
Berkeley County Council will proclaim March “Berkeley Reads Month,” and this year’s theme is World War II.
Berkeley Reads, an annual community reading program, is now in its sixth year. Each year a committee specially selects four to five books, so all ages and reading levels can participate.
For this year’s theme – World War II – the committee chose these four books:
• Wind Flyers, by Angela Johnson. One boy’s love of flying leads to his service as a Tuskegee Airman. For children up to third grade.
- • The Greatest Skating Race, by Louise Borden. A young Dutch boy skates to guide two young friends to freedom. Adults will enjoy this book as well, making for some great family reading. For grades 4 – 6.
- • Soldier Boys, by Dean Hughes. The parallel stories of a young German soldier and a young American soldier culminate in their inevitable meeting on the battlefield. For middle school and above.
- The Code Talker, by Joseph Bruchac. An account of the Navajo code talkers who used their native language to transmit secret messages for the U.S. Marines. This inspiring fiction book reads like a true story. For ages high school to adult.
The kickoff event for Berkeley Reads World War II is 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at Cane Bay High School.
A host of activities are planned. World War II veterans will be on hand to talk about their experiences. Berkeley High School Jazz band will perform music from the 1940s, and Students from Marrington Middle School of the Arts will be “swing dancing.”
For more details and a complete schedule of library activities, go to www.bcls.sc.gov/Pages/default.aspx or pick up a brochure and calendar of events at your local library.