Community Reads

What is PDL Community Reads?

The mission of the Petoskey District Library is to nurture knowledge, drive discovery, and connect community. In light of the unrest around the world, we are inviting our community to learn and grow through the hard work and difficult conversations around race, justice and equity. To help start the conversations, we will be hosting a Community Read during the months of July and August.

We are encouraging everyone in our community to read White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. Read it in your book clubs. Read it as a family. Read it with your neighbors. Then, talk about it. Share what you’ve learned. Discuss what is troubling. Identify what you can do to ensure that racism does not continue. The library will be hosting three shared discussion hours to help facilitate the conversations, along with a wrap up community panel discussion focusing on how to move forward. The book is available in many locations and in many formats. The library has copies to borrow, including simultaneous checkouts from Libby, with no waiting line. There are also copies at McLean and Eakin to purchase. The first 30 people to register for one of our discussions will receive a free copy (donated by the Friends of the Petoskey Library).

In partnership with McLean & Eakin Booksellers, you can help PDL diversify the library by purchasing an item or two from this wish list of items.

How do I Participate?

Join us for informal, shared conversations held on the library’s outdoor labyrinth, BYOC (bring your own chair):
Wednesday, July 22 at 5:30pm

Wednesday, August 5 at 11:00am

Wednesday, August 19 at 5:30pm

Thursday, August 27 at 7:00pm  (Final panel discussion)

Zoom links will be available closer to the dates to join us virtually. Rain location is the library classroom for the shared conversations and the Carnegie Building for the final panel discussion.

Take part in completing the #supporttheirstories challenge card! Complete 9 out of the 14 circles to receive a complimentary t-shirt. (coming soon)

Click the graphic below to access the Racial Justice Resource List: