Chelsea Community Read Against Racism2020-09-12T13:04:05-04:00

Literature is an indispensable vehicle for learning and discussing important issues throughout the world. A Community Read provides a central topic and starting point for intellectual growth and civil discussion. This summer has witnessed local, national, and international protests and discussions surrounding racism. Chelsea District Library is pleased to partner with the Chelsea Human Rights Commission and Serendipity Books to spark respectful conversation on systemic racism in America. This page will serve as a community place to share ideas about Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram X. Kendi.

How to Participate:

  1.  Read the book! There are two editions: Stamped from the Beginning and a young adult remix called Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.  You can read either version to join in. If you’re a teen, or if you are short on time and need a quick read, we recommend the remix version! Get your hands on a copy today by:
    1. You can reserve a copy of either edition by visting  or calling 734-475-8732 ext 219.
    2. You can download an audiobook version at with your CDL library card. 
    3. You can purchase print copies from Serendipity Books!
  2. Participate in the Virtual Read-In or the Zoom Book Discussion. See below for details!
  3. Spread the word! Tell your friends and family about the Read Against Racism.

Sep 29 Book Discussion

Join us on Tuesday, September 29 at 6:30pm for a virtual book discussion of both Stamped from the Beginning and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.

This discussion will be led by Joslyn Hunscher-Young (she/her/hers), a middle and high school social studies teacher with a passion for teaching and learning about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. With years of experience leading teens and adults through in-school and out-of-school activities to deepen our understanding about privilege and oppression in the U.S., she is confident that our work for a better society is never done and that it requires both great hope and a sincere willingness to listen and change.

No preparation for joining the discussion beyond reading either edition of the book is necessary, but feel free to take a look at the Reading Guides and Questions to hone your ideas.

The Chelsea District Library is excited to offer this opportunity for civil civic discourse. The Chelsea Community Read Against Racism is a non-partisan event, and we will welcome all viewpoints so long as they are expressed respectfully.

September 12-30 Virtual Read-In

Show your support for the Read and help raise awareness about the power of literature to spur needed discussion by participating in the Virtual Read-In! This virtual event replaces the previously planned in person event on the library lawn in an effort to maintain community health and safety.

How to participate:

  1. Read! Then…
  2. Use this form (if you have a google account) or email to submit one of the following items: 1) your favorite quote from the book 2)  the reason you chose to participate in the read 3) another book you would recommend on a similar topic 4) a selfie of yourself reading either edition of the book
  3. Librarians will post the photos, quotes, and book suggestions below! See who else has joined the read

Readers, Quotes, Recommendations and More!