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Somali immigrant Abdi Nor Iftin will close month-long program with a personal appearance Feb. 1 at the main library; discussions of 'Call Me American' will be supplemented by a vartiety of events.

COURTESY BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY - 'Call Me American' by Abdi Nor Iftin is the 2020 selection for One Book, One Beaverton. Events start Monday, Jan. 6, and close Feb. 1 with an appearance by the author at the Beaverton City Library.A list of events connected with the 2020 One Book, One Beaverton program, ending with an appearance by author Abdi Nor Iftin on Feb. 1. All events are at the Beaverton City Library, 12325 S.W. 5th St., and are free. More information can be found at BeavertonLibrary.org.

Monday, Jan. 6: 6:30-7:45 p.m., a brief history of Somalia by Steven Rubert, professor emeritus of African history at Oregon State University.

Tuesday, Jan. 7: 6-7:45 p.m., a workshop about memoir writing by Susan Swartout, professor emerita of English at Southeast Missouri State University.

Wednesday, Jan. 8: 7-8:30 p.m., a "finding home" edition of Beaverton City Library's Story Slam, in which potential storytellers put their names into a hat, and those chosen will be on stage for five to eight minutes to tell a true personal story from memory. Potential storytellers must show up 15 minutes in advance to preview their planned stories with the event host. (For ages 13 and older)

Monday, Jan. 13: 6:30-7:45 p.m., a conversation with facilitator Ellen Knutson about what it means to be an American and how others view it. Cosponsored with Oregon Humanities.

Wednesday, Jan. 15: 6-7:30 p.m., Do-It-Yourself StoryCorps, how to prepare, record and share a conversation between you and someone else using the official StoryCorps app. Participants must bring their own devices and any passwords required to install apps on their devices.

Sunday, Jan. 26, 1-4 p.m., a session sponsored by the Human Library organization to "Unjudge Someone." People in the community become "open books" and share their stories with readers who check them out for a brief time to listen and exchange comments.

Monday, Jan. 27: 6 p.m., screening of "A Stray," a 2016 film about a young Somali refugee in Minneapolis who crosses paths with a stray dog. He believes it may be bad luck but they bond.

Wednesday, Jan. 29: 6-&;30 p.m., panel discussion with Somali residents of Beaverton about their culture, emigration to America and what it means to be an American. Somali food will be provided by Hayat Restaurant.

Saturday, Feb. 1: 7-9 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., author Abdi Nor Iftin will speak. He will sign books and refreshments will be served at the end of the program.

Book discussions

The Beaverton City Library staff will facilitate four discussions of "Call Me American," the 2020 selection for One Book, One Beaverton. All discussions except one will be at the main library, 12325 S.W. 5th St.

Thursday, Jan. 2: 10-11:45 a.m., Murray Scholls branch, 11200 S.W. Murray Scholls Place, Suite 102.

Saturday, Jan. 11: 2-3:15 p.m., main library.

Wednesday, Jan. 22: 6:30-7:45 p.m., main library.

Tuesday, Jan. 28: 6:30-7:45 p.m., main library.


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