Library unveils Antiracism Family Book Club
Although operating at a relatively limited capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the business of the Newberg Public Library has not slowed down as fall approaches. A new program for families that touches on relevant societal issues has popped up: a book club for families covering the subject of antiracism.
One of the many programs the library has undertaken in recent months is the Antiracism Family Book Club, which is ongoing from August through November. The book club provides a quartet of reads for the whole family to share and discuss regarding antiracism and how best to discuss issues of race in one's household from the perspective of scholars and experts on the issue.
Families with children age preschool to high school may join the growing club, which will meet over Zoom to discuss the four titles as families progress through them. Titles include "Antiracist Baby" by Ibram X Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky; "Separate is Never Equal" by Duncan Tonatiuh; "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You," by Jason Reynolds, and Ibram X Kendi; and "This Book is Antiracist," by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand.
"Borrow these titles from the children's reference desk or ask for a copy when scheduling curbside pickup or download available eBooks and eAudiobooks on the app 'Libby by Overdrive,'" a release from the library said. "Do you have one of these books already? You can sign up to be notified about the discussion groups."
Discussion groups will occur in October and November for various groups once they finish one or more of the titles.
In October, there will be a discussion group for families identifying as Black, Indigenous or People of Color (in English) led by Tai Harden Moore, a discussion group for families identifying as biracial (in English) also led by Moore, a discussion group held in Spanish for families led by David Jaimes, and a discussion group for families identifying as white (in English) led by Moore.
In November, Moore will host a combined discussion group for BIPOC families to share their perspectives and for white families to listen, and a call to action meeting hosted by Moore at a later date.
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