Somerville Reads 2023 Schedule of Events:
Stamped Book Discussion and Community Conversation
Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 PM at the Central Library: 79 Highland Ave
Join the Library for a community discussion of the book Stamped by Jason Reynolds and the themes it explores. For adults and teens.
Speak On It with ZNT Arts
Wednesday, November 1 at 3 PM at the Central Library: 79 Highland Ave
Artist Zahirah Nur Truth of ZNT Arts will facilitate a workshop on social justice that honors identity creative expression as a tool to empower young people to speak up against injustice in our communities and the world around us. We will use text art inspired by contemporary artists using our own voices to create mini protest signs/banners along with sticker slaps. We will explore art making techniques related to comics and more. For teens and tweens.
ABCs of Racism: Fostering Conversations and Action about Race and Justice with Kids
Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 PM at the Central Library: 79 Highland Ave
This workshop explores fundamental concepts of systemic racism, barriers that block us from engaging with kids around race and racism, the social science of race awareness in children, and strategies to start and sustain antiracist and action in school and at home. For adults.
Wear Your Resistance: Exploring Images of Protest
Saturday, November 4 at 11 AM at the West Branch: 40 College Ave
Join Wee the People for an exploration of symbols of protest. Learn about images of resistance then choose one to make a t-shirt of your own! For all ages (under 8 with a grownup, please).
Stop. Sit. Resist!
Tuesday, November 7 at 2 PM at Central Library: 79 Highland Ave
Join Wee the People for a lively workshop about physical movement and protest that introduces kids to sit-ins, blockades, and other forms of direct action that use the body. For kids, 6-12.
Know Your Rights Workshop with the ACLU
Thursday, November 9 at 7 PM at the Central Library: 79 Highland Ave
Join the Library and a representative from the ACLU for a workshop on understanding your legal rights in the US with a focus on your right to be free from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or national origin, and how the law protects you. For adults.
Wee Wear the Crowns!
Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 PM at the East Branch: 115 Broadway
Join Wee the People for a radical celebration of Black experience focused on an icon of Black resistance: freedom fighter Toussaint Louverture. Together we will explore Black identity, expression, and experience through storytelling and art-making grounded in unapologetic black JOY! For all ages (under 8 with a grownup, please).
Understanding Implicit Bias (VIRTUAL)
Thursday, November 30 at 7 PM On Zoom
Project Implicit translates scientific research into concrete, actionable steps to interrupt the influence of implicit bias. This workshop helps people be more aware of implicit bias, and align actions with intentions, make better decisions, and build lives where they can thrive. For adults.
Just Mercy (rated PG-13)
Monday, October 23 at 6:15 PM at the Central Library: 79 Highland Ave
Movie will begin promptly at 6:15 PM. Recommended for teens and adults.
Till (rated PG-13)
Monday, November 6 at 6 PM at the West Branch: 40 College Ave
Movie will begin promptly at 6 PM. Recommended for teens and adults.
The following Library Book Groups will also be discussing Stamped:
Books & Brews
Wednesday, November 8 at 6:15 PM at Aeronaut Brewery.
Nonfiction Book Group
Wednesday, November 8 at 7 PM online (on Zoom).
T(w)een Advisory Board
Monday, November 13 at 6:30 PM at the West Branch.
For tweens and teens.