Library announces new reading challenge

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 9:30am

The following was submitted by Youth Services Librarian Morgan Walsh from the Island Free Library:

The Island Free Library is excited to announce the launch of a new reading challenge on our virtual reading platform, Beanstack, which we used this summer for our “Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading Program! Cicely Lewis, an activist librarian, created the Read Woke movement in 2017, and has collaborated with Beanstack to bring readers this unique challenge, which we are excited to now be able to bring to Block Island!

Read Woke is designed to challenge people to educate themselves about others through deliberate, thoughtful reading. According to Lewis, a Woke book must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Challenge a social norm
  • Come from the point of view of an oppressed group
  • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
  • Seek to challenge the status quo
  • Shed light on an issue that many may not be aware of or perceive as important

The Read Woke challenge can be accessed through, and is open to readers of any age! The challenge will begin October 20th, and will run for 12 weeks. Throughout the challenge, the library will be highlighting books and resources that complement the challenge on social media and in person. At the end of the challenge, all those who have completed the challenge will be entered into a drawing. The library will select three winners, and a donation in the winners’ names will be made to a charitable organization that aligns with the mission of the Read Woke movement, such as the Equal Justice Initiative.

“Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color” –Cicely Lewis

If you have any questions, or would like help signing up, please let me know at

Join the movement. Heed the call. #ReadWoke