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One Book, One Oak Lawn 2020

A community-wide read of the bestselling book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Dates: September 15-October 10, 2020

The Oak Lawn Public Library invites all community members to join in this year's One Book One Oak Lawn program series. One Book One Oak Lawn aims to bring people together by having the community read the same book at the same time. We hope to drive conversation around the theme of one book and promote better understanding of ourselves and others.

Our One Book One Oak Lawn committee chose Stamped because we feel it is a great introduction to a heavy topic that has been surrounding us all. This book is based on the National Book Award Winner; “Stamped From the Beginning,” but it's written to be more accessible to a larger audience, including teens.

With the many protests happening in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, as a library it is our goal to educate the community and help find people context in the world around them. Just as we focused on climate change, the opioid crisis, and other relevant topics in the past, this is the time to focus on antiracism. We wish to bring people together and spark conversation around this important topic to help us better understand ourselves and others.

Need a copy of the book?
Pick up a copy of the book at the Library, or check out an ebook or eaudio version on , or download the " Libby " app.

Giveaways :
Make sure you are following us on social media!
Instagram: @oaklawn_library @olpl_ya
Twitter: @oaklocal @olpl_ya

Look for special social media posts for chances to win a copy of the book.
Additional giveaways will happen throughout the series.

Virtual discussions:
Join us for several community discussions throughout the program!

Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m on FB Live – our kickoff conversation!
Friday, September 25 at 1:30 p.m. on Google Meet
Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m . for teens on Instagram Live
Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m . on Google Meet

Programs :

Craftivism 101
Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m.
Get acquainted with craftivism, learn to embroider, stitch something brilliant, and make friends—all in just 2 hours! Craft-based activism has been used as a tool of resistance, coalition building, and even espionage. Learn from Shannon Downey—a leader in the modern craftivism movement. She introduces her global project and teaches you how to embroider in just minutes so you can join in the fun and the movement. Craftivism kits with the materials needed will be available for pickup at the Library beginning Sept. 15 – while supplies last!
Learn more HERE

In the Belly of the Beast: King in Chicago
Monday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left his mark on our nation's history and on the history of Chicago. Historian and entertainer Clarence Goodman will discuss the rise of race issues around the city and share stories of how Dr. King took on Mayor Richard J. Daley to push for better living conditions.

*All virtual discussions and programs can be found in the calendar here .

Created by Izabel Gronski on Sep 4th, 2020 @ 1:43 PM.
Updated on Sep 23rd, 2020 @ 11:45 AM.