The Lodi Public Library will be hosting an event called "Book to Action." The program will focus on the reading of a book, and then assisting in completing a community service project.
Funds are partly being provided through a grant provided through the Library Services and Technology Act, in addition to funds raised by the Library.
The book, called "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him," was written by former U.S. Army Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan. Following his return from two tours of duty in Iraq, Montalvan suffered from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in addition to his physical injuries.
Through the use of a therapy dog (the titular Tuesday) Montalvan was able to overcome some of the post-war difficulties that he was suffering.
"We looked for something that told a compelling story. Something that had a compelling call to action," Library Services Manager Andrea Woodruff said.
The library is also looking at creating a community service project around the general focus of the book, the impact of PTSD, and the useful assistance therapy dogs can provide, in addition to just reading the novel.
"We are looking at providing some assistance for a local service that provides therapy dogs. We are also looking for Lodi community efforts here that might benefit from what we will be doing," Woodruff said.
"We will be holding a couple of discussions about the book itself, talking about it, and hopefully taking the next step, which is to do something about it," Woodruff said.
There will be a general discussion about the book at 2 p.m. May 6 in the Library Community Room. No sign-up is required.
In addition, Montalvan and Tuesday will be coming to Lodi's Crete Hall at 2 p.m. May 20 to talk about the book and their experiences together. Entrance to the event is free.
Members can participate in the book discussion, project, or both, and participation is entirely free.
"It would be very unlibrary-like to charge," Woodruff said.
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