Our "Anaheim Reads" Project was the winner of the Letha H Brown Literacy Award for District Eleven 2016

Anaheim Reads 2016

Anaheim residents of all ages are invited to “Anaheim Reads,” a month-long One Book/One City program designed to encourage the community to read, enjoy and discuss one book – “The Maltese Falcon.”

Additional programs will be offered throughout the month of February, all keeping in theme with the classic Dashiell Hammett book, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

The Anaheim Public Library, in collaboration with Altrusa International of Anaheim, will kick off their first “Anaheim Reads” event on Jan. 30 at Anaheim Central Library.  The opening reception is a free, ticketed event, featuring a Q&A with Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada and a cast of colorful characters, along with photo booth opportunities, refreshments and prizes. Space is limited and RSVP is required; call Library Administration at 714-765-1810 to reserve your spot.

Print and ebook copies of “The Maltese Falcon” will be available to check out in English and Spanish. If you don’t have a library card, stop by any Anaheim Public Library or sign up online. It’s free and easy.


Throughout the month of February, residents can look forward to companion programs that will take readers deeper into the book. The additional programs will be offered at library locations citywide – Canyon Hills in the east (400 Scout Trail), Central in downtown (500 W. Broadway) and Haskett in the west (2650 W. Broadway).

Orange County Birds of Prey – learn about the history and ancient intrigue of falconry, presented by Orange County Birds of Prey. All ages are welcome.

Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. at Canyon Hills Library
Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. at Haskett Library
Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at Central Library

Lore of Precious Gems

Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. at Canyon Hills Library
Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Library

Week of Detectives

Feb. 18 at 3:30 p.m. at Central Library: Teens from grades 7-12 will learn about forensics CSI and investigate a “crime scene.”
Feb. 19 (check the library’s children’s calendar for times): Bruce Hale, author of the hilarious children’s mystery series “Chet Gecko.” He will visit the Central, Haskett and Canyon Hills branches that day.
Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. at Central Library: Venture beyond the crime tape, as four Anaheim Police detectives share their true crime stories during a panel discussion.

Movie “The Maltese Falcon” – Several movie theatres will be showing the film at a special price.

Feb. 21 and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Century Theater on Katella Ave. and the AMC Theater at The Outlets at Orange. Please check local listings for additional showings at other theaters.

A project like this would not be possible without the support of many – the Altrusa Clubs, the Anaheim Police Department, the Friends of APL and Friends of Canyon Hills, Anaheim Library Foundation, Chance Theater, Sam’s Club of Stanton, Costco in Fullerton and many individuals.

This project is the second major collaboration between the Anaheim Public Library and the Altrusa Club, and is a relationship forged by the importance of reading. For more information, please visit the Anaheim Public Library website atAnaheim.net/library and Altrusa at Altrusaanaheimca.org.