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Columbus Metropolitan Library  joined eight other library systems in central Ohio’s largest book club.

Let’s Talk About Race: One Book – One Community
Nov. 9 - Jan. 24, 2021

We’re encouraging families, friends and co-workers to read STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. This program is designed to cultivate conversations around race and social justice based upon the shared reading experience of the greater Columbus community.

Through the reading of a singular book, the community can reflect together upon the institutional and systemic inequalities that have impacted our community and nation for far too long.

The program will conclude with a free virtual author talk featuring Jason Reynolds on Jan. 24, 2021 at 4 p.m. Watch for registration details soon.


Central Ohio community leaders will discuss their thoughts and takeaways after reading Stamped and offer reflections on continuing public dialogue around race and racism. Register for these free virtual programs here.

DISCUSSION 1: Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
Featuring nonprofit community leaders: Stephanie Hightower, the Columbus Urban League; Lisa Courtice, the United Way of Central Ohio; Dan Sharpe, The Columbus Foundation; Demetries Neely, the King Arts Complex
DISCUSSION 2: Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.
Featuring educators: Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, City Year; Jose Morales-Crispin, Franklin County Sheriff's Office; Kyle Strickland, Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity; Scott Woods, Streetlight Guild 

DISCUSSION 3: Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 3 p.m.
Featuring a panel of young professionals: Jordan Davis, Columbus Partnership; Autumn Glover, OSU Wexner Medical Center
DISCUSSION 4: Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.
Featuring panelists from the LGBTQ community: Shannon Hardin, City of Columbus; Charles Hillman, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority; Densil Porteous, Stonewall Columbus; Lena Tenney, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy



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