The whole family will enjoy free activities from 12-4 p.m. on April 12 during Books & Boats at Foss Waterway Seaport , 705 Dock St., Tacoma 98402. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Emergency Food Network.
Schedule of Events
- 12:15 p.m. Daffodil Festival Marine Parade
- 1 p.m. Judy Willman, daughter of University of Washington crew member Joe Rantz – Discussion with library executive director Georgia Lomax
- 2 p.m. Rowing Demonstration – Women on the Water
- 2:30 p.m. Sea Stories – Radio and theater performer Harlan Zinck
- 3:15 p.m. “Rowing into the Son: Four Young Men Crossing the Atlantic” – Author Jordan Hanssen
Ongoing events presented by Foss Waterway Seaport:
- Paper boat building and learning about buoyancy
- Commencement Bay Rowers – hands-on rowing demonstrations on the water and on the esplanade
- Paddle guessing game – guess what they are best used for
- Board the James Robert Hanssen – the boat that rowed across the Atlantic (twice)
Pierce County Library System and Foss Waterway Seaport are partnering to present Books & Boats, a Pierce County READS 2015 signature event. Filled with boats and boating, The Boys in the Boat is the 2015 selection for Pierce County Library’s 8th annual Pierce County READS , a one-community, one-book program that encourages everyone in the county to read the same book at the same time and come together to talk about it.
More about The Boys in the Boat
Pierce County READS titles are best-selling works by a living author that appeal to wide audiences, present relevant themes and provoke meaningful discussion. The Boys in the Boat meets those criteria and more. The No. 1 New York Times Best-Seller chronicles the 1936 U.W. crew team and their epic quest for gold at the Berlin Olympics. Against the grim backdrop of the Great Depression, this nine-man crew of working class origins stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans. The boys reaffirmed the American notion that hard work and merit outweighs birthright. They reminded the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together.
Sixty-three free events
The library has put together sixty-three free events that cover various themes from The Boys in the Boatincluding boating, sports, the Olympics, the Depression era and more. Author Daniel James Brown will speak and sign books at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College on April 24. Learn more at www.piercecountyreads.org. Download the event brochure (PDF) or view on the library’s interactive calendar. Events are free and open to all ages. Pierce County READS 2015 is presented by Pierce County Library System and The News Tribune, and sponsored by KeyBank Foundation and McGavick Conference Center, along with more than 20 private and public community partners.