The Nonfiction Book Club will meet on Monday, July 26th at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be hybrid -- join us in Logan Auditorium or on Zoom. The Zoom invitation will be sent out the day before the meeting. Register online, in person at the Reference Desk, or over the phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.
.This month's title is The Three-year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory by Julie Checkoway.
The sugar ditch kids were nobodies. Living on a Maui sugar plantation in the 1930s meant a life of poverty, with one of the only joys splashing in the waters that fed the fields. But Soichi Sakamoto, a teacher who volunteered to supervise the kids swimming in an irrigation ditch, saw opportunity glistening in the turbid water. His quest to build world-class swimmers from the youngsters whose futures seemed to already be set in stone makes an inspiring true tale of grit and determination. As the ragtag Maui team's ambitions unfold with the credo Olympics first, Olympics always, so does Tokyo's bid for the 1940 games, but world events conspire against them both. ... The team's successes against an undercurrent of discrimination first in Hawaii and then the mainland and internationally turned heads and saw not only the sugar ditch swimmers, but also the sport itself, experience an explosive leap forward. – Booklist
Book club books will be available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.
Registration is required and the Zoom invitation will be sent out the day before the meeting.
All readers are always welcome.