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  1. Book Yak on a Kayak

    July 16, 2022, 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Book Yak on a Kayak Russell Library and the Middletown Park and Rec are partnering for a one of a kind book discussion. Meet us at Crystal lake in Middletown to discuss This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger aboard your own kayak or canoe. https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2686&Q=382696 244 Livingston Road, Middletown, CT Registration is required for all paddlers. A limited number of kayaks/ canoes are available to reseve ahead of time. To reserve one please e-mail Christy Billings at cbillings@russelllibrary.org or call 860.347.2528 EXT 1160. Please arrive by 9:45AM. We will leave the dock promptly at 10AM. Rain cancels the event. A big thank you to the Middletown Park and Rec, for partnering with us for this unique book discussion. Questions? Christy Billings cbillings@russelllibrary.org More about the book from Goodreads: In the summer of 1932, on the banks of Minnesota's Gilead River, the Lincoln Indian Training School is a pitiless place where Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to Odie O’Banion, a lively orphan boy whose exploits constantly earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Odie and his brother, Albert, are the only white faces among the hundreds of Native American children at the school. After committing a terrible crime, Odie and Albert are forced to flee for their lives along with their best friend, Mose, a mute young man of Sioux heritage. Out of pity, they also take with them a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy. Together, they steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi in search for a place to call home. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphan vagabonds journey into the unknown, crossing paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an en­thralling, bighearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.

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