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    Hesperia library to honor veterans on Thursday

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  • HESPERIA — The Hesperia Branch Library is expecting more than 200 people Thursday for a special night honoring local veterans.
    The gathering will celebrate the library book club’s reading of author Karl Marlantes’ “What it is Like to Go to War,” a personal account of a Marine Corps officer in Vietnam.
    Branch Manager Chelsea Lyons said it was time to have a family-friendly celebration of patriotism after about 14 readers finished Marlantes’ book last week.
    “This is going to be a very hands-on celebration with kids writing letters to those in the military and a table where kids learn how to fold an American Flag,” Lyons said. “We’re also going to have raffles, and guest readers who’ll be sharing various books with the kids.”
    Lyons said members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars will be on hand, as well as several military recruiters.
    Hesperia Mayor Pro Tem Eric Schmidt said he sees a commonality when it comes to the library and honoring our veterans.
    “Our library is here to provide resources for us to learn about our past, present and future. It’s a resource that paves the way for our way of life,” Schmidt said. “Our veterans are also a valuable part of our community as they teach us about the sacrifices that they made in order for us to maintain our way of life. Both are essential to the community.”
    The next book club, which usually runs for six weeks, is being planned by the library.
    Thursday’s event begins at 6:15 p.m. at the Hesperia library, 9650 Seventh Ave. For more information on the event or a future book club, visit www.sbclib.org or call 760-244-4898.
    Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.
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