The community is invited to Butte County Library, Chico and Oroville branches, for special presentations in recognition of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month this May. 

Mr. Jim Tanimoto, of Gridley, will speak about his experiences at the Tule Lake Internment Camp, where he lived with his family during World War II. His vivid memories, along with historic photos, tell the tale of a time when American citizens were forced from their homes and “relocated” to hastily-constructed internment camps around the country, despite having committed no crime. 

Mr. Tanimoto will share his riveting story at the Oroville Library on May 9, 4-5 p.m., and at the Chico Library on May 10, 4-5 p.m. Brenda Crotts, Chico Branch Librarian, expressed how pleased the Library is to sponsor this important event, noting that, “Mr. Tanimoto’s story provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of reactionary politics, racism, forced separation and the resulting effects on victims.” 

All ages are welcome and there is no charge to attend. 

The Oroville Library is located at 1820 Mitchell Ave. in Oroville; the Chico Library is located at 1108 Sherman Ave. in Chico. 

The program is presented as part of the California Center for the Book’s “Californians: Community Conversations about Immigration” statewide grant project. For more information about the California Center for the Book, please visit www.calbook.org. 

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