The Tulare County Library’s Three Rivers Branch is teaming up with the National Park Service, Sequoia Parks Conservancy, and the Friends of the Three Rivers Library for One Town, One Book, a reading program taking place in Three Rivers during September and October 2019. The Three Rivers community is invited to read In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, A Cypress, and A Changing World by Lauren Oakes. This is a story of ecologist Lauren Oakes’s investigation into climate change and its direct effects on Alaska’s forests. Oakes writes a “surprisingly hopeful story of one woman’s search for resiliency in a warming world.” As of August 13, free copies of the book became available at the Three Rivers Branch Library on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are encouraged to start reading today.
Throughout September and October, join the Library for activities around this fascinating book. The Learn About the Forest & Think is an upcoming presentation, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The activity will open with a short presentation from Sequoia National Park’s Christy Brigham (acting superintendent) as she explains how the climate has already changed the environment. Afterward, participants have an opportunity to explore with species experts and scientific specialists. The scientists will introduce participants to the natural history of forests and how these forests are affected by climate change.
Two book discussions take place on Thursday, Sept. 19, and Thursday, Oct. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All Three Rivers community members are invited to participate in one of these facilitated book discussions.
Another event will be scheduled for late September or early October, when the National Park Service and Sequoia Parks Conservancy host tribal members from the Chumash and Wukchumni Yokuts, who will discuss how native peoples continue to use and care for forests today. This second presentation focuses on the local tribal connection to the land and how these relationships are also being affected by climate change.
The final presentation in this series will be an author visit from Lauren Oakes. On Thursday, Oct. 24 (6:30-7:30 p.m.), Lauren will discuss her book, In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, A Cypress, and A Changing Word. The audience will have an opportunity to ask Lauren questions followed by a book signing. Information on the location of this event will be available soon at the Library.
For more information about the One Town, One Book program, call the Three Rivers Branch Library at 559-561-4564. The Three Rivers Branch Library is located at 42052 Eggers Drive.