Let's talk about race. Read Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
, then meet author Jason Reynolds for a virtual discussion of the book. Register now
(All community members are also invited to join the local conversation with book discussions hosted by the Westerville Public Library
or the Westerville Education Foundation
.)About the BookStamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
is an amazingly timely and stunningly accessible manifesto by bestselling author Jason Reynolds. While written for young people, this non-fiction remix of Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi is a timely read for people of all ages.
This non-fiction Young Adult book is packed with relevant information that is poised to help promote dialogue and bridge the differences that divide us.About the Author
Jason Reynolds is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences, including Ghost, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature. Born in Washington, DC and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap to begin writing poetry at nine years old.
He focused on poetry for approximately the next two decades, only reading a novel cover to cover for the first time at age 17 and publishing several poetry collections before he published his own first novel, When I Was The Greatest, in 2014. He won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for this first work of prose and seven more novels followed in the next four years, including Ghost (2016) and two more books in what became his New York Times best-selling Track series, Patina (2017) and Sunny (2018); As Brave As You (2016), winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teen, and the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award; and a Marvel Comics novel called Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2017).About This Partnership
In addition to sharing resources, central Ohio libraries have a history of collaboration. A discussion that began in July 2020 of how to work together to increase community understanding and promote constructive dialogue on the topic of race in America resulted in this One Book-One Community program, which encourages friends, families and neighbors to share their personal experience while reading the same book. Participating libraries are: Bexley Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, London Public Library, Plain City Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Upper Arlington Public Library, Westerville Public Library and Worthington Libraries.