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Collingswood Public Library invites teens to join the Read Woke Reading Challenge! This challenge is Inspired by librarian Cicely Lewis, the creator of Read Woke. Read books that address social justice issues and feature characters from underrepresented or oppressed groups. Register via READsquared to log your reading. Upon registration, you’ll receive a free book! Read books to earn more free books. Complete the program and you’ll get a chance to win a Wawa gift certificate.
What is Read Woke?
“Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.” ~Cicely Lewis
A Woke Book must:
- Challenge a social norm
- Give voice to the voiceless
- Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
- Seek to challenge the status quo
- Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group
We challenge you to read 2 or more Woke books this summer. Register online via READsquared. Log your reading to complete the challenge. Then join us on August 4 for a book discussion to share what you learned! All participants in the discussion will receive a Read Woke T-shirt.
You are welcome to choose any books that fit the criteria. Here are some lists to get you started.
- African American/Black Voices Fiction
- African American/Black Voices Non-Fiction
- American Indian Voices
- Arab American Voices
- Asian American Pacific Islander Voices
- Autistic Voices
- Disabled Voices & Representation
- Immigrant & Refugee Voices
- Latinx Voices
- LGBTQIA+ Voices
- Mental Health Voices
- Social Injustice
- Voices of those Experiencing Poverty & Homelessness
For questions, email Kaley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you enjoy this challenge? Send a kind tweet to Cicely and let her know! @cicelythegreat
Wednesday July 14, 3pm-5pm at the Scottish Rite
**UPDATE** – Due to inclement weather, this program has been moved INDOORS to the Teen Area.
Join us for a casual art hang. We’ll provide some supplies and ideas for projects. Feel free to bring a project you are working on or your own supplies. All skill levels welcome! No registration necessary.
For Teens & Tweens
Take and Make
Need a screen break? Spark your creativity with our take-home activity kits. Kits include supplies and an instruction sheet. Additional supplies such as scissors or glue may be required. New kits will be available each month.
Kits are available on the table at the library entrance.
Please note: We have a limited number of kits. Kits will be available on a first come, first served basis.
All tween programs for ages 9-13.
Roll for Adventure: An Introduction to Role-Playing Games
Tuesday June 29, 3pm-5pm at the Scottish Rite
Hail and well met, adventurer! You are cordially invited to join our guild. Whether you are a novice explorer or a seasoned swashbuckler, all are welcome! In this single-session campaign, we’ll build characters, fight monsters, and, hopefully, save the day. No equipment needed, simply come as you are. Register here!
Fantasy Fan Club: Tween Book Discussion & LARP Session
Tuesday July 20, 3pm-5pm at the Scottish Rite
Calling all fantasy lovers! Join us for a low-key chat about our favorite fantasy reads. Bring a book of your choice and get ready to share your favorite parts. After the discussion, we’ll engage in live-action role playing (LARP), including a foam sword battle! Costumes encouraged! Register here.