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2020: Racial Equity

August 17 - November 12


The Library is thrilled to launch the inaugural Read for Change program with this year's theme of Racial Equity. The Library enacted a Equity & Inclusion statement into the Library's strategic plan in July 2020. In the statement the Library pledges to “educate, engage, act, and change to create a race equity culture in the Library and its community”. The Read for Change program is the first in many events the Library commits to to promote diversity, inclusiveness and enage our community in these discussions. The community reads initiative will feature speakers, book discussion groups, a book giveaway, and partnerships with the community--all at a safe social distance.


Read for Change Books Stamped & How to Be an AntiracistStarting Monday, August 17, you can request a copy of How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. When you are finished with the book, pass it along to a friend or neighbor.

Book quantities are limited. Please call the Library to request and arrange for curbside pickup: 360-834-4692.


How to be an Antiracist

From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a bracingly original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves. "The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it." Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (Young Readers Edition)

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.


Race as a Social Construct
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Led by Alexis Braly James, a longtime local educator, activist, and Founder and CEO of Construct the Present, this virtual workshop is meant to encourage an understanding of racism, racial identity, and how race impacts society. 


Black Girl in Suburbia DocumentaryBlack Girl in Suburbia - Virtual Screening
Week of September 14-20, 2020

Black Girl In Suburbia is a 55 minute feature documentary by local filmaker, Melissa Lowery, that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominantly white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color. This film explores, through professional and personal interviews, the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and Black communities.


Virtual Book Discussion Groups (registration required)

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Click here for the discussion questions to help guide your reading.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Click here for the discussion questions to help guide your reading.

Also, join us for a drop-in online discussion of these books!


Podcast ClubPodcast Club: Racial Equity
Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5:30 PM


The Podcast Club will be holding a special meeting, where participants will discuss podcast episodes about racial equity. A listening list will be provided in September to prepare participants for the discussion.


Timothy GoldenEquality on Trial: Race, Fairness, and the US Supreme Court
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Through the story of two prospective students, one white and one Black, seeking to attend medical school in 1978, Professor Timothy Golden explores the legal and historical implications of equality and race relations in America.

Timothy Golden has earned a PhD in philosophy and has more than twenty years of experience as a lawyer. His areas of scholarly research include African American philosophy and critical race theory. Golden is currently editing a book titled Racism and Resistance: Essays on Derrick Bell’s Racial Realism. He has also published philosophical essays and teaches African American philosophy and critical race theory at Walla Walla University.

Read for Change Library

The Read for Change Library consists of donated books from the community about racial equity. Please take a book, or leave a book for your neighbors. This display will be located near our curbside pickup kiosk.

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