Germantown Community Coalition's book club, Freedom to Read 'em, was created as a response to the rise in coordinated attempts to ban or restrict books in schools and libraries across the country.
Book bans and challenges doubled from 2020 to 2021, according to the American Library Association. A majority of the books that have been targeted focus on sexual orientation, gender identity, race and racism. For a community to be welcoming to all, REPRESENTATION MATTERS!
The Freedom to Read 'em book club meets monthly for discussion on the featured book that has either been banned or challenged. We read a variety of genres and formats--including graphic novels, children's books, historical fiction and non-fiction.
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Featured Book Club Selections
The 57 Bus - Dashka Slater
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Life as a Unicorn - Amrou Al-Kadhi
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
t Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn