Beloit Public Library (BPL) is hosting a Beloit Community Read in October and November.

A Community Read is an effort to have the community read the same book(s) on current and relevant topics and to participate in subsequent discussions hosted by the library and its community partners.

The 2021 Beloit Community Read will feature two books: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a remix of the bestseller Stamped from the Beginning by New York Times bestseller by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, and Memory Tree by local author Bill Mathis.

The library is giving away 50 free copies of each book, now available inside the library, while supplies last. The library also has copies of the books available to loan.

Beloit Community Read events will include a discussion with the author of Memory Tree. Bill Mathis will lead the discussion at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, taking on the tough topics of racial and gender bias from his book and how they relate to our own lives.

The second event will feature a panel discussion with community leaders at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30 to discuss themes in Stamped. Discussion will delve into the history of racist ideas that have shaped our country and our community.

The Beloit Community Read is generously funded by Friends at Beloit Library.

Discussion with Memory Tree Author
Tuesday, November 9, 6:00 p.m.
Join us as we take on the tough topics of racial and gender bias in Memory Tree and how they relate to our own lives. Led by author Bill Mathis.

Stamped Panel Discussion
Tuesday, November 30, 6:30 p.m.
Join community leaders as they discuss New York Times bestseller Stamped and the history of racist ideas that have shaped our country and our community.

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