The NEA Big Read 2019:

The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien

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Book Discussion:

The Things They Carried

Led by OCL librarians.

Tuesday, February 19

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Green Room

Film Screening:

Ken Burns' The Vietnam War

Selected episodes from the PBS documentary series.

Thursday, March 7, 14, & 21

6:30 - 8 pm

Hometown Dairy Room

Author Visit:

The Other Side of Rock and War: One Man's Battle to Save His Life, His Career, His Country, and the Orphans He Left Behind

Billy Terrell went from near homelessness, to the horrors of Vietnam, to eventual success as a songwriter, producer, and stand-up comedian.

Wendesday, February 27

6 - 8 pm

Mancini Hall

Live Music:

Strictly 60s presents "Music of the Era"

Celebrated local band Strictly 60s will perform and discuss songs and musicians who influenced the Vietnam era.

Monday, March 18

6:30 - 8 pm

Manicini Hall

Meet the author of The Things They Carried

Tim O'Brien will be speaking at the Ocean County College's Grunin Center for the Arts.

Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 28

6:30 - 8 pm

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