**Registration for the free virtual talk with author Jason Reynolds is now open! Register at www.crowdcast.io/e/centralohioreads**


SPL invites you to join us for this special One Book – One Community read and virtual author talk to reflect together about race, history, injustice, and a better future.

  • The Read: November 9, 2020 – January 24, 2021. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

  • Virtual Author Talk: January 24, 2021, 4 pm with author Jason Reynolds. Free event. Registration opens in early January.

  • Reserve a Copy: available in print, audio, and digital formats. Reserve through the catalog, in Overdrive or Libby apps, or by calling the library.
    Special thanks to the Friends of Southwest Public Libraries for their generous sponsorship of extra copies of this title.

  • Resources: SPL will have resource kits available with materials for all ages to explore together to help facilitate conversations about race, racism, and equality.

  • Educator and Discussion Guides: Click for a free educator guide and a discussion guide from the publisher.

  • Hashtag: Share your photos, reflections, or resources with the social media hashtag #centralohioreads


SPL and partner libraries encourage discussion of race with community reading of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Southwest Public Libraries is pleased to have partnered with eight other central Ohio library systems to promote a community read of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds as part of a Let’s Talk About Race: One Book – One Community initiative that will conclude with a virtual author talk.

Let’s Talk About Race: One Book – One Community kicks off on Monday, November 9, 2020 and continues through Sunday, January 24, 2021 when SPL and partner libraries will host author Jason Reynolds in a free virtual discussion of the book at 4 pm.

Geared towards both teens (grades 7 and up) and adults, the initiative is designed to cultivate dialogue and better understanding about race and social justice through shared reading experience and discussion. During the 11-week program, each library will continue to work with local schools and other community partners to promote reading and discussion of the book.

Registration for the free virtual event with Jason Reynolds, which will include a moderated Q & A, will begin in early January. More details will be provided at a later date.

SPL and partner libraries have purchased hundreds of additional copies of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You as well as prepared various programs and resources to support this community read. The title is available in print, audio, and digital formats and can be reserved through the web catalog, on Overdrive or Libby, or by calling the library.

To help families begin conversations on race, racism, and equality, SPL will offer resource kits with materials for all ages that parents, children, teens, and young adults can explore together. Kits will include curated books, book lists for further reading, conversation guides, educational materials written by experts, as well as reader and book club guides for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.

Through this initiative, SPL hopes readers will find opportunity to come together, listen, learn, and join in common purpose to strengthen our community.

About the Book
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is an amazingly timely and stunningly accessible manifesto by bestselling author Jason Reynolds. While written for young people, this non-fiction remix of Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi is a timely read for people of all ages and is packed with relevant information that is poised to help promote dialogue and bridge the differences that divide us.

About Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds is an American New York Times best-selling author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences. Born in Washington, DC and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap to begin writing poetry at nine years old. He focused on poetry for approximately the next two decades, only reading a novel cover to cover for the first time at age 17 and publishing several poetry collections before he published his own first novel, When I Was The Greatest, in 2014.

Reynolds is a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. His many books include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor, and Look Both Ways. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

About This Partnership
In addition to sharing resources, central Ohio libraries have a history of collaboration. A discussion that began in July 2020 of how to work together to increase community understanding and promote constructive dialogue on the topic of race in America resulted in this One Book – One Community program, which encourages friends, families and neighbors to share their personal experience while reading the same book. Participating libraries are: Bexley Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, London Public Library, Plain City Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Upper Arlington Public Library, Westerville Public Library and Worthington Libraries.

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