2018 Events


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LeDuc Book Group Discussion

Thursday, February 1, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 pm
LeDuc Historic Estate

Join the LeDuc Book Group for a discussion of The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang. All are welcome! This group meets at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings.


Hastings Reads Kick-Off: Green Card Voices

Saturday, February 3, 2018
11 - 12:30 pm
Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Hear first-hand accounts from refugees. Green Card Voices will moderate a discussion between three Minnesota high school students. The one-hour discussion will be followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. (Students, check with your teachers to see if they are offering extra credit.)


Spoken Word Poet Visit

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Hastings High School

Kevin Yang, spoken-word poet, will visit with students at HHS. He will explore the history of spoken word, explain its connection to Hmong culture, and share several of his poems. 


Refugees 101
                           

Thursday, February 8, 2018
7 - 8 pm
Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Who are refugees? What is the refugee journey to the United States? Where do Minnesota’s refugees come from? What orientations, screenings, and services are provided for refugees? Learn the answers to these questions and more from the International Institute of Minnesota. (Students, check with your teachers to see if they are offering extra credit.) 



History Movie Night at HMS
                          

Thursday, February 8, 2018
6
:30 pm
HMS Auditorium

Middle schoolers, join your classmates for a movie about four Sudanese refugees learning to adjust to the United States. Rated PG 13. (Students, check with your teachers to see if they are offering extra credit.)


Storytime
                       

Friday, February 9, 2018
11 - 12 pm
Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Children 3-5 years old and their parents/caregivers are invited to this free storytime. Our adventure will include stories, songs, crafts, and games. Sponsored in part by ECFE. Registration required. (Please register through the library website or by calling 651-438- 0200).


Family Event
                           

Friday, February 9, 2018
6 - 7:30 pm
Hastings YMCA

This event is for families with children in elementary school. Bring your young ones to the YMCA for pizza, books, and fun! Pizza will be served from 6-6:30, and then we’ll explore topics and activities related to Their Great Gifts. Both the author and the photographer (Jon Coy and Wing Young Huie) will join in the fun. Books will be available for purchase and signing! You do not need to be a member of the YMCA, and no registration is required.


Popcorn and a Movie
                       

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
1 pm
Tilden Senior Center

Enjoy a drama set in Missouri about four Sudanese refugees learning to adjust to their new home in the United States. Rated PG-13.


Book Discussion of The Song Poet
                           

Tuesday, February 15, 2018
2:45 - 3:30 pm
Hastings High School
 

High school students are invited to enjoy refreshments while discussing Yang’s novel. (Students, check with your teachers to see if they are offering extra credit!) This discussion is a great way to prepare for Yang’s visit to HHS.


Author Visit: Kao Kalia Yang 
(High School)
                            

Tuesday,  February 20, 2018
Hastings High School

Kao Kalia Yang, author of the bestselling memoir The Song Poet, will visit with students at HHS, discussing her experiences, her writing process, and—of course—her memoir. Yang will sign books, and copies of The Song Poet will be available for purchase. (Students, listen to the announcements for details, and ask your English teachers how you can be involved).


Author Visit: Kao Kalia Yang (Community)
                         

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
6:30 - 8 pm
Hastings Art Center

Spend an evening with Kao Kalia Yang, Twin Cities author of the award-winning memoir, The Song Poet, which is “a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children’s future in America. In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses.” Yang will sign books, and copies of The Song Poet will be available for purchase. (Students, check with your teachers to see if they are offering extra credit.)


Book 
Discussions 

SEAS Students and HMS Students

TBD

SEAS students in grades 6-8 and HMS students  are invited to book discussions of Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate at their schools. Teachers will give you directions on how to attend. 


Book-club kits for The Song Poet are available through the public library.

Books are available for purchase at the YMCA, the Tilden Community Center  and at most events.

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Hastings Reads,
Jan 3, 2018, 1:12 AM