The Sarasota County Library System and community partners have announced the February Finale Month events that will conclude this year’s One Book, One Community project. Each event will focus on the selected title, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand.
A variety of events are planned including:
- 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 – NOAA Scientist and Mote Marine Laboratory visiting scientist, Dr. José Castro will present “Sharks and Men” at the Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 West Price Boulevard, North Port.
- 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 – Professor Emeritus of History, Justus Doenecke, will present “The Coming of the Pacific War: The events that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor” at Sainer Auditorium at NewCollege, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
- 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14 – Librarian Alexa Torchynowycz and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library will present “The Merci Train: A World War II Tribute to America from France” at the Historic Asolo Theatre 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
- 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19 – A conversation with student historians on topics inspired by “Unbroken” will be presented at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus, Selby Auditorium, 8350 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Topics include “Broadcasting Consent: War Propaganda on the Airways”; “The B-24 and Beyond”; “Hideki Tojo: Understanding the Enemy”; “Bushido: Contextualizing Japanese POW Treatment”; and “The Scars that Don’t Show: The POW Effect.”
- 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Stacy Spriggs, Community and School Gardens Coordinator with Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension will present “The History of Victory Gardens. A World War II Homefront Effort” at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota.
Event details are available at www.onebooksarasota.com on the events calendar.
“Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” is the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini. Zamperini competed in the Berlin Olympics, crashed into the Pacific Ocean during WWII, was lost at sea for 47 days, and served time in a Japanese prison camp. Since 2003, Sarasota County Libraries and partner organizations have sponsored the popular One Book, One community program which brings people together to discuss a story.
For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000, or visit the One Book website at www.onebooksarasota.com.