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Read Woke

The Cedar Rapids Public Library invites you to a new reading challenge: Read Woke.

Provided in partnership with Beanstack, the online platform we use for all our reading programs, and activist librarian Cicely Lewis, Read Woke is designed to challenge people to educate themselves about others through deliberate, thoughtful reading. Started in 2017 as a way to help her Georgia high school students, Lewis determined that in order to be Woke a book must meet one of the following criteria:

  • 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

“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, creator of Read Woke

There are 10 badges to earn. Each involves finding/reading a book by an underrepresented voice, or about an underrepresented/oppressed population, writing about what you learned, and then sharing what you learned with a friend. Visit CRLibrary.Beanstack.org to log in today! If you need assistance with your account, call us at 319261.READ and staff will help you.

The categories are:

Asian American Voices
African American Voices
Hispanic American Voices
Native American Voices
Poverty and Homelessness
LGBTQ+ Voices
Diverse Abilities
Female Voices
Social Injustice

Explore these four different resources to find books:

Participating in Read Woke counts toward your Summer Dare reading minutes! Be sure to log your reading time in both places.

Discover diverse books, log activities, and READ WOKE.

Did you enjoy this challenge? Send a kind tweet to Cecily and let her know! cicelythegreat 

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