Dublin Reads is a one city, one book program inviting the community to read and discuss the same book. This July we will be reading The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics, by Daniel James Brown. This best selling book celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic rowing team – nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport , and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.
Much of this book tells of the impact the Great Depression had upon the United States and its people. But what was happening in and around Dublin, California in the 1930s? Come listen to Steve Minniear, President of the Dublin Historical Preservation Association, as he describes the Great Depression in Dublin and the story of an unlikely person who wanted to make a difference for the poor in San Francisco: Lois “White Angel” Jordan. A widow, Mrs. Jordan on her own initiative set up a soup kitchen on a junk-filled lot, bounded by the Embarcadero and Battery Street, between Filbert and Greenwich Streets. Relying solely on donations, she managed to supply over one million meals over a three-year period. Exhausted from her work, but determined to do more, she started a farm near Dublin and Pleasanton to grow food for the poor and give them a place to work.
This free program will be presented on Saturday, July 30th, 2016, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.