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Library to Host Documentary Screening

The One Book, One San Diego adult selection for the 2021 region-wide read is “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist'' by Judith Heumann and Kristen Joiner.  As part of the One Book, One San Diego programming, Oceanside Public Library will host free public screenings and guided discussion of the documentary “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.” The documentary will be screened in person at the Mission Branch Library located at 3861-B Mission Ave. on Tuesday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m. On Wednesday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. the screening will be online. Registration is required. For the Zoom link, visit to register.

The documentary “Crip Camp” shares the experiences of one group of disabled young people and their journey to activism and adulthood, and in doing so, provides an opportunity for all to delve into the rich and complicated history of disability activism, culture, and history. In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp for disabled teens in the Catskills, exploded those confines.  Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place where campers experienced liberation and full inclusion as human beings. Their bonds endured as many migrated west to Berkeley, California — a hotbed of activism where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption, civil disobedience, and political participation could change the future for millions.  The film runs 1 hour and 46 minutes and is rated R.

One Book, One San Diego is our region's premier literary program, presented in partnership between KPBS and over 80 public libraries, service organizations and educational institutions. Now in its 15th year, the purpose is to bring our community closer together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Find out more about One Book, One San Diego at

The Oceanside Public Library will also host a club to discuss “Being Heumann” on Tuesday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. Register for the book discussion and other Library events at  A limited number of free copies of “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist'' are available for pickup at Oceanside Public Library locations. For more information about other Library programs and services, please visit or call (760) 435-5600.