Librarians from Parkland, University of Illinois, and area community libraries have just launched READ: Racial Education, Activism, and Discussion, a monthly discussion group that is open to anyone to join. From the press release:

"Its goal is to promote racial literacy and discussion, highlight Black voices and experiences, and to advocate for positive social transformation within the community. Each month will feature a resource list centered around a specific theme, and will include books, articles, films, podcasts, and other media that participants may select from to discuss at a monthly virtual meeting, and can be used for other related events and discussions that participating libraries may host."

The first event will focus on works by James Baldwin, and will feature Dr. Eddie Glaude, who's recently published the book Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. The discussion will be August 9th from 4 to 5 p.m., and it's free to participate, though you should register if you plan to participate. 

Image from Facebook event page.