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Lincoln City Libraries Hosts Reading Challenge Book Discussions in December and January

READ FOR CHANGE November 15, 2020 - January 31, 2021: Read Woke Reading ChallengeLincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to participate in online book discussions in December and January as part of its Read for Change: Read Woke Reading Challenge. Attendance is limited and registration is required by emailing Please specify in the email the date and time of the discussion you wish to attend. Discussions will take place via Zoom video conferencing with links being emailed prior to the event.

Saturday, December 5

10 a.m.: Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit – Eleven-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who is Autistic, becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class. This discussion will be led by Amy Jewell, a special education teacher at Southwest High School.

2 p.m.: El Deafo by Cece Bell – Starting at a new school is scary, especially with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest. At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here, she’s different. This discussion will be led by Ashley Wulf, Advocacy Specialist, Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and ASL interpreter Sharon Sinkler.

Saturday, December 19, 10 a.m.

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale, is an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman.

Saturday, January 9, 2021, 10 a.m.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America or Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (young adult edition) by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, is a National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and became deeply rooted in American society.

Saturday, January 23, 2021, 10 a.m.

I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib is a coming-of-age story and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who came to American in search of a better life for themselves and their children.

To take part in the discussion, simply join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 999 7194 4280
Passcode: 162230

Copies of the books are available for borrowing from Lincoln City Libraries. Most of the titles are also available as e-books and downloadable audio through and To find additional reading challenge activities for kids, teens, and adults visit