• By Jemma Johnson
  • Posted Friday, May 6, 2022

R.E.A.D. Book Club

Knowledge is power!

You are invited to join the Walkertown Branch Library’s social issues book club, R.E.A.D.: "Reading for Empathy, Advocacy, and Discourse." Each month the group will read a book covering a social issue or topic in history and meet for a guided discussion and a chance to share viewpoints and perspectives. The meetings are a space in which to learn and grow in a safe, inclusive environment.

The book club will be meeting the first Tuesday of the every month, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the Walkertown Branch Library. Registration is suggested but not required.


This Month

June
  • Meeting on Tuesday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi


"In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the lives of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregations and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison scholar Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America." -from the book flap


Next Month

July
  • Meeting on July 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong


One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

From Harriet McBryde Johnson’s account of her debate with Peter Singer over her own personhood to original pieces by authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma; from blog posts, manifestos, and eulogies to Congressional testimonies, and beyond: this anthology gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and the past with hope and love. -from Amazon.com

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