Somerville Reads, a project that promotes literacy and community engagement by encouraging people all over the city to read and discuss the same book, is launching its 2017 campaign next Monday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m. This year’s selection is El Deafo by Cece Bell. Copies of the books are available for check out at all Somerville Public Library locations.
This year’s programs will offer community members a chance to learn more about graphic novels and comics, learn more about the Deaf community, and connect with other Somerville residents through discussions and parties.
The following series of events and discussions is planned for September and October:
- “What’s Your Superpower?”: An All-ages Comic Workshop led by local artist Jef Czekaj
- Monday, September 18, 6:30 PM (Central Library, 79 Highland Ave)
- ‘Zine Workshop with local artist Liz Bolduc
- Saturday, September 23, 1:00-4:00 PM (Central Library, 79 Highland Ave)
- Picnic and Book Discussion at The Growing Center
- Sunday, September 24, Noon to 1:30 PM (The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave)
- An “El Deafo” Book Talk and Craft for Kids: Come discuss El Deafo and make your own Warm Fuzzy!
- An Author Talk with Jennifer Rosner, author of “If A Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and Be Heard,” an interesting companion read to “El Deafo”
- Thursday, September 28th, 7:00-8:00 PM (Central Library, 79 Highland Ave)
- American Sign Language (ASL) Class for All Ages
- Language Deprivation and Growing Up Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing: A Presentation led by Ashley Thomas of Language Equality & Acquisition for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Kids -- Kindergarten-Ready (LEAD-K)
- Wednesday, October 4, 7:00-8:00 PM (Central Library, 79 Highland Ave)
- “Our Differences Are Our Superpowers”: A Discussion and Workshop for Teens
- Friday, October 13, 3:00-4:30 PM (Central Library, 79 Highland Ave)
- Somerville Reads Finale Party: Come visit Cece Bell’s childhood living room, share your warm fuzzies, take selfies in the photo booth, and win “El Deafo”-themed prizes and banners.
- Sunday, October 15, 1:30-4:00 PM (Central Library, 79 Highland Ave)