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Book Week Features ‘Greatest Generation’

Each 11th grade U.S. history class in the Long Beach Unified School District is receiving a set of Tom Brokaw’s best-selling book, "The Greatest Generation," in preparation for Book Week on March 18 to 25. Brokaw’s book, a celebration of everyday people who rose to meet the extraordinary challenges of World War II, is the featured selection of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation's sixth annual Long Beach Reads - One Book. Readers throughout the community and local schools will gather in a variety of forums to honor the spirit of this generation. Veterans and others from this generation will visit each high school, where 11th grade history students will use the book and the first-hand accounts of visiting speakers to research junior thesis writing projects. Since 2002, the Library Foundation has been encouraging a love of reading through its citywide celebration Long Beach Reads - One Book. Each year, a book is selected for the community to read, and the week includes several events related to the book's theme. "This year, the timing was perfect for this book because March is when our high school students are learning about World War II," said Linda Mehlbrech, history curriculum leader for the school district. The more than 2,500 copies of the book were donated to the history classes by The Port of Long Beach, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the estate of Ken Slaybaugh. For further information, look for a brochure at local public libraries, contact the Library Foundation at 628-2441 or visit their website at lbplfoundation.org.