COVID-19 Response and Reopening

Book Discussions: Our Kids

Thursday, 4/25/2019 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Barber Library, South Oregon Room


Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis is a groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone.

It’s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, and achieve success. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity. But over the last 25 years we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge.

Putnam offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American
crisis. Our Kids tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life
stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country. The
book includes a case study of the opportunity gap in Bend.

Our Kids is a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous
evidence. Putnam provides a disturbing account of the American dream
that should initiate a deep examination of the future of our country.

Book Conversations

Join us in three book conversations at the library before Professor Putnam’s presentation in Bend! All conversations will take place at 12 p.m. in the South Oregon Room of Barber Library.

April 25

Facilitator: Cat Finney

Focus: Chapter 2, "Families"

May 2

Facilitator: Kirsten Hostetler

Focus: Chapter 4, "Schooling"

May 9

Facilitator: Tamara Marnell

Focus: Chapter 6, "What Is To Be Done?"

Call 541-383-7257 or email to register. Participation is FREE and OPEN to the public. Participants will be given a copy of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.

Our Kids by Robert D. Putnam