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Year of the Butterfly: Middle School Book Group: Grades 5-8

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Meet with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month's book: My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva.

How to participate:
  1. Get the book. The first 20 young adults to register will receive a copy of the book to keep! It can also be accessed through the library's catalog.
  2. Discuss. Join us in this librarian-led discussion on Thursday, June 24 at 4pm. This program will be held outside in Scoville Park in a socially-distant format. Snacks will be provided!
  • Middle School Book Group is an open discussion as everyone goes around sharing their thoughts and opinions on the literature, which is geared toward their age group.
  • This book discussion is part of the Year of the Butterfly initiative going on from April 22-August 31. Check out other cool Monarch Butterfly activities happening at Oak Park Public Library: oppl.org/butterfly
  • What is "Year of the Monarch" and how can you participate? Check out the Illinois Monarch Project»
  • We are committed to anti-racism. Learn more about our work.
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VIRTUAL: Anti-Racist Book Group: Caste

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
You are invited to a collaborative community event as part of our anti-racism journey: the Anti-Racist Book Group. Hosted in collaboration with the Austin Branch of the Chicago Public Library, monthly meetings will be virtual, and registration can be found on both libraries' online calendars. Please join us to discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

About the Book
As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power--which groups have it and which do not. In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people's lives and behavior and the nation's fate.

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