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Reading Guides and Questions

2020-08-19T13:05:10-04:00

The Community Read is designed to get us thinking critically! Try these discussion guides below as you read to help you make the most of the experience:

Book Club Discussion Questions

Educator’s Guide

Additional content and resources:

Reading Guides and Questions2020-08-19T13:05:10-04:00

The Books!

2020-08-19T12:37:34-04:00

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Publisher Summary:

SOME AMERICANS cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America – more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation’s racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. And while racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them—and in the process, gives us reason to hope.

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2016 National Book Award Winner for Nonfiction
  • 2016 Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award
  • 2016 nominee for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work of Nonfiction

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

Publisher Summary:

A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism–and antiracism–in America

This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.

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.

Awards and Recognition:

 

The Books!2020-08-19T12:37:34-04:00

Stay Home – Stay Safe Online Library Card Application

2020-06-23T14:07:15-04:00

Need a Library Card?

We want you to stay safe. Start the application process online, right here, right now.

Please complete the application and a member of our team will follow up with you very soon.





Stay Home – Stay Safe Online Library Card Application2020-06-23T14:07:15-04:00

Teen Virtual Reality Experience

2019-12-27T00:02:37-05:00

Friday, Jan. 3
4–5:30pm
Grades 6-12
KidSpot
Registration Required
Wreck buildings as Godzilla, find the sneaky criminals as a bounty hunter with a squirt gun, or challenge yourself to musical mayhem.

Teen Virtual Reality Experience2019-12-27T00:02:37-05:00

Adult/Senior Virtual Reality Experience

2019-12-14T00:00:10-05:00

Monday, Dec. 16
7–8:30pm
KidSpot
Registration Required
Visit the Eiffel Tower, try scuba diving, or actually enter into a video game world!  Join us for a hands-on VR experience and see why virtual reality is rapidly becoming mainstream equipment!

Adult/Senior Virtual Reality Experience2019-12-14T00:00:10-05:00

Help a Homeless Teen This Holiday!

2019-12-01T23:59:14-05:00

Holiday Teen Hygiene Drive
Dec. 2–Jan. 5
While you’re holiday shopping for friends and family this year, consider picking up a hygiene product to help a local homeless teen. Donations can dropped in the front lobby of the library and will be distributed to teens through Faith and Action and the Ozone House of Ann Arbor.

Help a Homeless Teen This Holiday!2019-12-01T23:59:14-05:00

Purple Rose Concert Reading

2019-11-05T08:36:51-05:00

Saturday, Nov. 16
10:30am–12:30pm
Registration Required

Join us for a reading of Abbey and Edward (Almost) Save the World, a new comedy by Carey Crim, read by Purple Rose performers. Share your feedback with the cast, playwright, and Artistic Director Guy Sanville.

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Purple Rose Concert Reading2019-11-05T08:36:51-05:00

Get Help with Your Homework!

2019-09-22T00:01:44-04:00

Did you know that the library offers help with homework for grades K–12? Students can get live online homework help, skills building, writing assistance, and more from Brainfuse-certified tutors. Click here to get started!

Get Help with Your Homework!2019-09-22T00:01:44-04:00
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