YW Community Reads July 2020
YWCA Central Maine will host book clubs that focus on social justice issues in line with our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We hope that this book club will open important and meaningful community conversations on topics that are difficult to discuss by centering others' experiences as portrayed by literature.
The club is open for all ages (with parent permission for those under 18) and meets *virtually* during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why should you join us?
-->“The act of reading in a community can help you read more deeply and better understand diverse perspectives,” John Coleman writes in the Harvard Business Review.
-->You read things that you would not otherwise read.
-->Some books need to be discussed.
-->As Joyce Carol Oates said, “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”
-->We encourage meaningful and approachable discussions. You don't have to be a literary scholar or feel like an authority on social justice language. Just do the reading and show up to the discussion with an open mind and heart.
Last Name (or initial)
Do you need financial assistance purchasing a copy of the book?
Whenever possible, please consult your local library to see whether a book (e-book, audiobook, or hard copy) is available for free. We are happy to provide participants with copies of these books so they may participate in these important community conversations! However, please note that sponsorships are limited across the community.
Why are you participating in the book club? (Optional to answer and anything you say here is private but helps us to facilitate better conversations)
17 or younger
Race/Ethnicity (choose as many as apply)
Native American/Indigenous/Alaskan Native
Black, African, or African American
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
Middle Eastern or North African
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