The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is hosting a free family event, One Book, One Community, on Friday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. on Zoom.
This year’s chosen book is When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed , with illustrations by Iman Geddy.
This graphic novel reflects the hardships faced by immigrants. The book, appropriate to all ages, describes a refugee camp where residents struggle for food, clothing, medical care, education, freedom and life itself.
The story follows Omar and his nonverbal younger brother, Hassan, as they grow up in the Kenyan refugee camp of Dadaab.
Along with depicting the day-to-day hardships and traumas the boys face, the story portrays the deep love and compassion that sustains their community.
The intimate and stunningly illustrated memoir is devastating, humorous, frustrating, and hopeful, expanding our empathy for all those yearning for a new beginning.
The book’s focus is on the importance of perseverance through the most challenging circumstances and against all odds.
During the Zoom event, participants will have a chance to review the book and discuss its contents.
This is an annual event hosted by P.I.T.
A book is chosen each year to share with the school community to read, discuss and learn together.
One Book, One Community was started as a fun way for the school community to interact. Once the book is announced, the school has a chance to participate in informal book discussions, presentations and community events.
The chosen book is also often incorporated into curricular and extracurricular activities.
Students, faculty staff and college community members are invited each year to nominate books for future One Book, One Community consideration.
A committee at P.I.T. chooses titles accessible to its entire community in a variety of formats, representing diverse and unique perspectives.
The hope is to:
- Promote a habit of reading
- Encourage the exploration of diverse experiences and perspectives
- Provide a common discussion point for all members of the P.I.T. community
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