Introducing Ignite Change, a series of programs and discussions that celebrate diversity and foster equity and justice. Ignite Change provides a forum for the community to learn about relevant social issues. 

Browse the calendar for a complete listing of programs. Upcoming programs include . . .

Kids & Families
Jan. 5-Feb. 16: People in Your Neighborhood Storytime

Grades 4-6
Feb. 25: African American History Month Virtual Scavenger Hunt & Strong Words, My Words

Teens
Feb 6: Black History Month Movie Club: Selma 
Feb. 20: Black History Month Movie Club: Fruitvale Station

Adults
Feb 9: Online Book Club: Afterlife
Feb. 17: Book Club: Defining Moments in Black History
Feb. 23:  Answering the Call: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance
Feb 24:  The Long Shadow Movie Screening and Live Director Q&A
March 3: Race & Restorative Justice: A Conversational Approach to A Challenging Topic

Reading Challenges

Antiracist Reading Challenge

For teens in grades 7-12. Are you ready to be the change? Are you willing to put in the effort required to work towards antiracism? Read 5 of the 30 books and engage in activity prompts to earn digital badges and your own copy of one of the books listed in the challenge. You can access the challenge at BeanstackSign up for an account on Beanstack to get started.

Read Woke

All Ages. “Read Woke is a movement. It is a form of education. It is a call to action. ”According to its founder Cicely Lewis, a Read 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
  • Discover diverse books, log activities, and READ WOKE!

Ignite Change Reading Lists

Here is a variety of reading list to get you started.