An Invitation to Grow

It’s been a hard summer, with many of us questioning ideas we have lived with all of our lives. Through reading fiction and non-fiction, we can engage in a learning process that will make us better people in a better world. We invite you to join us on this journey using our new Beanstack Reading Challenge, Read Woke.

Library staff has put together lists of titles that address diversity & social issues, including titles from our Adult, Teen, and Children’s sections. To participate in the challenge, visit our Basehor Library Beanstack Reading Challenge page and sign up.

If you already have an account from Summer Reading, you can use that account. Once you’re signed in, join the Read Woke challenge and click the “Log Reading and Activities” button to start logging your Read Woke selections. Under each Activity badge, you will find a list of recommended titles from the NEXT catalog. It’s easy to place a title on hold, and we’ll let you know when it’s ready to pick up. Readers that complete the challenge will receive a Read Woke t-shirt.

“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.

I concluded that 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”

– Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

Discover diverse books, log activities, and READ WOKE. A PROGRAM FOR ALL AGES