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El Cerrito Summer Book Club Discussion

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


El Cerrito is reading Island of the Blue Dolphins, the classic California book by Scott O'Dell. And you can join us!

Stop by the library during Front Door Service to pick up your FREE copy of the book (one per pod, while supplies last); reserve your library book or eBook copy - then join us for August reading events.

Book Discussion 

Join El Cerrito Librarians Katy and Alison as we dive into this beloved book, from its characters, the island of San Nicholas, and animal friends and visitors; to a frank discussion of the circumstances surrounding Karana being stranded on the island, and her eventual rescue and return to the Missions of the mainland. What do you think about the book? Let's talk!

Thursday, August 13, 2pm - Join Zoom Meeting

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"Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kelp beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches.

Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story. It is a romantic adventure filled with drama and heartache, for not only was mere subsistence on so desolate a spot a near miracle, but Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that had killed her younger brother, constantly guard against the Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply.

More than this, it is an adventure of the spirit that will haunt the reader long after the book has been put down. Karana's quiet courage, her Indian self-reliance and acceptance of fate, transform what to many would have been a devastating ordeal into an uplifting experience. From loneliness and terror come strength and serenity in this Newberry Medal-winning classic." ~ via

    This program would not be possible without our community friends and partners. Big thank yous to the El Cerrito Library Foundation, The Friends of the El Cerrito Library, and Pegasus Books.

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