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Legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie will be the focus of a special musical program Tuesday, Oct. 26, hosted by the Fullerton Public Library.

“Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Balladeer,” which will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Osborne Auditorium of the Main Library, is being offered by the library in conjunction with its month-long “Fullerton Reads” program.

For the 2010 “Fullerton Reads,” the library has selected “The Grapes of Wrath,” which follows the Joad Family as it travels Route 66 in search of new jobs and new hope in Depression-era America.

The “Fullerton Reads” program, previously known as “One Book, One Community,” was developed by the American Library Association as a means of fostering civic unity through reading.

Performer and educator Ross Moore will cover the Dust Bowl period of American history, as well as offer an insight to Guthrie’s life and why he became associated with the plight of migrant workers fleeing the Dust Bowl area for California.

Classic Guthrie songs will be performed, and will include “So long, It’s been Good to Know You,” “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” and, of course, “Tom Joad.”

In keeping with the theme of the book, admission to the Guthrie program will be a can of food for local charities that feed the hungry and homeless.

“Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Balladeer” is one in a series of special activities planned by the Library throughout October in conjunction with “Fullerton Reads.”

The Fullerton Main Library is located at 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., adjacent to Fullerton City Hall.  Further information about the “Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Balladeer” program or “Fullerton Reads” may be obtained by calling the Main Library at (714) 738-6326.

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the “Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Balladeer” program are asked to notify the library staff prior to Oct. 26.

Reproduced courtesy of Erin Haselton of the Fullerton Chamber Of Commerce