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The NEA/Fishtrap Big Read 2020

"When the Emperor Was Divine" by Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka‘s When the Emperor Was Divine follows one Japanese family uprooted from its Berkeley home after the start of World War II. After being delivered to a racetrack in Utah, they are forcibly relocated to an internment camp. They spend two harrowing years there before returning to a home far less welcoming than it was before the war. Using five distinct but intertwined perspectives, Otsuka’s graceful prose evokes the family’s range of responses to internment. Culminating in a final brief and bitter chapter, Otsuka’s novel serves as a requiem for moral and civic decency in times of strife and fragmentation.

Click here to download a copy of the NEA Reader’s Guide. Cook Memorial Library and Art Center East work in partnership to bring the Fishtrap Big Read to Union County.

The Library has 10 print copies of the book; reserve yours today! Also available in eBook and eAudiobook formats thru OverDrive/Libby for CML patrons only.

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No Holds, No Wait, Always Available eBooks

With Freading eBooks, Cook Memorial Library card holders can download eBooks from dozens of internationally known publishers supplying some or all of their authors' books! Unlike Library2Go, Freading titles are always available for download. You'll never have to place a hold and then wait for weeks to read a title! With 5 tokens a week (each title is a set amount of tokens) you can download titles for 2 weeks, and you'll only need a library card number and PIN to get started.

New titles are added each week, with categories including fiction, biography, medical, self-help, children's, and much more. Access is limited to residents of La Grande and Union County.

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Foreign Film Friday

March 13th @ 4:00pm

Join us for Foreign Film Friday on March 13th! Forget about Friday the 13th and all that bad luck stuff and join us for a great afternoon of cinema! We provide the movie and popcorn; you'll have to bring your own non-alcoholic beverage or buy a library coffee or tea for $1 at the service desk.

This months feature is "Mother of George" a 2013 Nigerian drama film directed by Andrew Dosunmu and tells the story of a newly married Nigerian couple in Brooklyn who own and manage a small restaurant while struggling with fertility issues. View the trailer here.

Foreign Film Friday is the second Friday of each month, September-May. Films are not always rated and may contain content not suitable for all ages. 

Stream Music & Download Songs!

Freegal Music Streaming Service Now Available

Freegal iconUse your Cook Memorial Library card to stream and download music from Freegal. Millions of songs are available to listen to online or to download. Use on any device or download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Freegal is a music service, similar to Apple Music or Spotify, with the exception that all of the songs in Freegal's catalog are free for you to download or stream! You can download 3 songs per week for free...and their yours to keep forever! You can also stream for up to 3 hours each day! All you need to access the service is your library card number and PIN. Visit Freegal Music to start listening now!