Community Read

The Lewis & Clark Library is delighted to present the Community Read in partnership with the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation.

Our book this year is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. Free copies are available at any library branch in Helena, Augusta, Lincoln, East Helena or the Bookmobile. 


Events will take place October 2022. Lisa See will be here as our kickoff event!

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Lewis & Clark Library Community Read Events! 

October 2022

Introduction to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Sunday, October 2 at 2 PM in the Small Community Room

Get an overview of what the book is about, discussion points to consider, and watch author interviews in preparation for Lisa See’s visit to Helena on Tuesday, October 4 at 7 PM at the Civic Center.

 

An Evening the Author Lisa See Live at the Civic Center

Tuesday, October 4 at 7 PM at the Civic Center

Author Lisa See will discuss her book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane on Tuesday, October 4 at 7 PM at the Helena Civic Center as part of the Lewis & Clark Library’s Community Read. This event is free and open to the public. 


Lisa See will sign books after the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Montana Book Co. This event is made possible by the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation, Lewis & Clark Library and the Helena Civic Center.


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” (The New York Times Book Review), The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters. It was long-listed for the DUBLIN Literary Award in 2019. 

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family's settlement in Los Angeles. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the Historymaker's Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women. 

 

Book Discussion of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 PM in the Small Community Room

Explore the Community Read book and reflect on the author’s visit during this book discussion. Free copies available at any library branch.

 

“Daughter of a Lost Bird” Documentary Screening

Thursday, October 13 at 6 PM in the Large Community Room

“Daughter of a Lost Bird” follows Kendra, an adult Native American adoptee, as she reconnects with her birth family, discovers her Lummi heritage, and confronts issues of her own identity. Her singular story echoes many affected by the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Indian Adoption Project. For more information go to www.daughterofalostbird.com

 

“Found” Documentary Screening

Sunday, October 16 at 2 PM in the Large Community Room

The emotional and absorbing story of three American teenage girls--each adopted from China--who discover they are blood-related cousins on 23andMe. Their online meeting inspires these young women to confront the burning questions they have about their origins with help from an intrepid genealogy researcher and a trip to China. 

 

Book Discussion of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Monday, October 17 at 2 PM in the Small Community Room

Explore the Community Read book and reflect on the documentary "Found" in this book discussion. Free copies available at any library branch.

 

The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky with author Mark T. Johnson

Thursday, October 20 at 4:30 PM at Montana Historical Society

In 1870, Chinese residents made up more than 20% of Helena’s population. But this population, so crucial to Montana’s history, remains underrepresented in historical accounts. Using documents left by Chinese pioneers and preserved through the efforts of the Montana Historical Society, The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky recovers the stories of Montana’s Chinese population in their own words. This event focuses specifically on the experiences of Helena’s Chinese residents, examining the pressures they faced, how they advocated for their rights, and how they fought to keep their culture alive in an often-hostile environment. Mark Johnson will sign copies of his book The Middle Kingdom Under the Big Sky after the program.

 

Writing Your Origin Story: A Workshop with Kendra Mylnechuk Potter (Lummi)

Saturday, October 22, from 1-4 PM in the Large Community Room. Free, however seating is limited and registration is required. Go to https://lclibrary.libcal.com/event/9435954 to register.

In this writing workshop, Kendra Mylnechuk Potter (Producer and Protagonist of the film “Daughter of a Lost Bird”) will work with participants to access origin stories through many different lenses. Prompts may include writing what you know of your own birth story, drawing exercises like The Story of My Body, which includes notes about our relationships with our physical body based on the experiences it has faced in life, and discussion about the creation stories of the cultures from which participants originate and their implications on how we relate to the world. Please bring a pen and a journal or paper for writing. Free, but seating is limited and registration is required.

 

“Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient” Documentary Screening

Sunday, October 23 at 2 PM in the Large Community Room

“Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient” takes viewers to China to explore how tea became an integral part in forming the country’s culture as well as being thought of as its signature drink. Produced by PBS.

 

Montana Women Writers Workshop with Caroline Patterson

Saturday, October 29 from 11 AM-1 PM in the Large Community Room. Free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Go to https://lclibrary.libcal.com/event/9435956 or call 406-447-6681 to sign up. 

Funding for Montana Conversations is provided by Humanities Montana through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust, and private donations.

Women have been the community builders, educators, and healers in Montana from time immemorial. After a short history of several historic Montana women writers for inspiration, including Mary Ronan, Nannie Alderson, May Vontver, and Mary Maclane, Patterson asks the women and men in the audience to write sketches about remarkable women in their past: homesteaders, teachers, ranchers, rodeo riders, homemakers, and bartenders. Audience members who prefer recording an oral history will use DIY technology to capture their stories on audio. Story collections can be shared with the group and online, building a new history of Montana women.


About the presenter: Patterson, of Missoula, Mont., has published fiction and nonfiction in publications including Seventeen, Southwest Review andSunset. She is the author of Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart, and two children’s books on natural history. She also edited Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One’s Own, Border to Border: Historic Quilts and Quiltmakers of Montana, and Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies. She teaches creative writing through The University of Montana and the Missoula Writing Collaborative. 

 

Pu’erh Tea Appreciation Workshop with Tea Expert Lillian Li

Sunday, October 30 at 2 PM on Zoom

Register in advance for this webinar: https://tinyurl.com/4yfctju5 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Registrants for this workshop will receive a sample of pu’erh tea to take home. 

This Tea Appreciation Workshop is designed for everyone who loves tea and wishes to learn more about pu’erh tea in particular: its origin, culture, and why its consumption it is so commonly connected with a mindful and healthy lifestyle. Hosted by senior trainer of traditional Chinese tea ceremony and tea artist Lillian Li from the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver, B.C.