WestportREADS 2019

The WestportREADS program is dedicated to strengthening the community through the shared experience of a book or an author. Westport Library works with many authors, artists, and everyday people to allow them to share their stories and experiences in hopes it will help and inspire others.



Migration Today in the Sweep of History 

Thursday, January 17 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

The United Nations Association Southwest CT will explore the richness of global culture that results with migrations in this discussion moderated by Alex Anvari. Whether your life is lived in one place— or that every generation of your ancestors had a migration, immigration or emigration story among their intimates—your experience of life will dramatically vary based on interactions with people on the move. In the spirit of WestportREADS, this will be a community conversation on why people move, how these migrations affect ecosystems and policies countries (and subunits) implement related to migrations.


Exhibit: Liberty To Set Down: Immigrants and Migrants in Westport 

Wednesday, January 23 – Sunday, January 30

Location: Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place

The Westport Historical Society explores how immigrants have long woven the fabric of the town in its exhibit "Liberty To Set Down: Immigrants and Migrants in Westport, Connecticut." From its earliest settlement in 1648 in the parish of Greens Farms, the area that was to become Westport has been a crossroads of cultural expression. Westport’s immigration story began with the first Europeans who wrested the land from Native People to the forced immigration of enslaved Africans to the later waves of Irish, German, Italian and Polish immigrants of the 19th-century to a wide and varied immigration story of the 20th and 21st centuries.


Neighbors & Newcomers Discussion of “Exit West”

Thursday, January 24 7:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Program Room

Join Neighbors & Newcomers to discuss the WestportREADS selection Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, an award-winning novel that follows two refugees who, against all odds, find life and love on the run. Light refreshments served.



Author Susan Ross Introduces “Kiki and Jacques” 

Saturday, January 26 3:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Riverwalk Level

Author and Westport Library Trustee Susan Ross will lead a family discussion of her book, Kiki and Jacques, A Refugee Story, which is a WestportREADS companion book. This middle grade novel is about a Somali refugee girl and a local boy facing cultural differences on their way to finding friendship. The story reflects on the arrival of large numbers of Somali refugees to Susan's childhood home in Maine. Kiki and Jacques was chosen for the Bank Street Best Children's Book list.



Dance Around the World

Sunday, January 27 12:30pm-3:00pm

Location: StudioA/B, Westport/Weston YMCA, 14 Allen Raymond Lane

Spend the afternoon learning dances that people enjoy at parties around the world. Local instructors will teach short dances from Turkey, Scotland and Spain.



Exploring Magical Realism with We Rise Storytelling Collective 

Thursday, January 31 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: The Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

The Westport Library teams with We Rise Storytelling Collective for an evening of art and stories exploring magic realism, which is one of the storytelling techniques used by Mohsin Hamid in Exit West. We Rise: Storytelling Collective is a Bridgeport, CT-based organization founded under the belief that the sharing of our individual stories with one another is the most powerful way to create connection and empowerment in our communities and beyond. They produce live storytelling events as well as host writing and storytelling workshops to help people of all ages and backgrounds bring up the stories that make up their lives and cultivate the courage, discipline and self-love that it takes to share them with the world.


Discussion of “Exit West” 

Wednesday, Feburary 6 2:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East

Discuss the WestportREADS selection Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, an award-winning novel that follows two refugees who, against all odds, find life and love on the run.


The Refugee Experience 

Thursday February 7 7:00pm-8:00pm

Location: The Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

A Syrian refugee family describe their immigrant journey. Three years ago, Westporters sponsored a Syrian family and helped them migrate to the area. Learn what emigration is from this family and how their story enriches ours.



Music Series: The New World Chorus 

Sunday, February 10 2:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

The New World Chorus is a Stamford-based community inspirational choir, under the direction of founder, composer and music director Beth Styles and choir director Jason L. Terry, which combines voices from diverse backgrounds and traditions. With the vision of “One World, One Voice, United in Love," the choir performs original, uplifting contemporary spiritual music throughout the year, bringing people together in the name of love and unity. Beth Styles is an award-winning composer/producer/artist whose work is devoted to bringing people together. Jason Linwood Terry is a gifted vocalist and choir director.


Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg on “Stranger Visions” 

Wednesday, February 13 7:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue

New York-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg discusses her project “Stranger Visions.” She created portrait sculptures from analyses of the broad range of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed-up gum) collected from public places. Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice.


Explore Your Genealogy 

Saturday, February 23 10:00am-11:00am

Location Program room

Learn how to research your family background using library databases, Ancestry and Heritage Quest. Best practices for virtual and in-person research will be explained so you can go and find your roots.


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14 Jan 2019

By Josie Feliciano