Reading for Change: Antiracist Summer Reading 2021

Reading for Change: Antiracist Summer Reading 2021
Posted on 08/20/2021
books in a rowWe hope you have been participating in Reading for Change: Antiracist Summer Reading 2021.

This summer reading program is a community-wide effort to read one of several common texts. This program is open to the entire community of Salem including our staff, students, elected officials, and more. The books offered through the SHS Library and Salem Public Library for this program are:

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib
Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi

Summer 2021 Reading For Change is a movement to unite Salem in a city-wide read of selected antiracist books. We believe that community-wide reads and discussions will help create a more antiracist Salem. Each of the titles will provide student and adult readers alike with the opportunity to learn about, grapple with and discuss contemporary issues of race and racism in America. Discussion groups will take place this summer, as well as the beginning of the school year about these books.

Our summer reading program is designed to inspire a passion to make Salem a safe, welcoming, and antiracist community. Please join us for one of the following discussion groups:

Monday, 8/23, 6:30pm: I Was Their American Dream
Join Amanda Campbell and Kate Carbone to discuss this book on Salem Common

Thursday, 8/26, 6:30pm: Punching the Air
Join Kristin Pangallo and Adam Colantuoni to discuss Punching the Air on Salem Common

Saturday, 8/28, 3:00pm: Stamped
Join Ana Nuncio and Steve Zrike to discuss Stamped on the lawn behind the Derby House on Derby Street

Are you in? Join us to read for change. Info here:
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