We Shall Not Be Silent: Conversations on Race Hosted by Shirat Hayam Congregation

Swampscott Library is co-sponsoring the We Shall Not Be Silent series at the Shirat Hayam Congregation. These events will be held online, and you can register for one or all of them at www.shirathayam.org.

The guest speakers are as follows:

Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday, April 7th at 7:30 pm.

Rav Tiferet Berenbaum on Sunday, April 18th at 4 pm.

Rev. Dr. Andre Bennett on Tuesday, April 27th at 7:30 pm.


Climate Justice: Finding Equitable Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Join Nia Keith, Mass Audubon’s Climate Change Education Manager, in an interactive presentation via Zoom on climate justice on Wednesday, April 14th at 7 pm.   Climate change is the number one existential threat to humanity and the planet, but some communities are more vulnerable than others. Where does social justice and climate change overlap? How does identity (race, gender, age, etc.) influence the way a person will be impacted by climate change? And how can we, as concerned community members, fight climate change in a way that is just and equitable for all?

Nia Keith is a science educator with more than 15 years’ experience working in nonprofits and educational institutions. Her career has taken her from trail construction in the White Mountains to providing engineering education through the Museum of Science. Dedicated to cultivating diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all environments, Nia has spent her career motivating people to address environmental, social, and economic issues. Her current role as the statewide Climate Change Education Manager for Mass Audubon, allows her to work in many settings, including classrooms, nature reserves, and online. Please register here or call 781-596-8867.


Author Alex Zamalin to Speak

Alex Zamalin, author of Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in our Obsession with Civility will be here via Zoom on Monday, April 19th at 7 pm to discuss his book. The idea and the practice of civility have always been used to silence dissent, repress political participation, and justify violence upon people of color. Although we are told that we need to be more thoughtful and to “reach across the aisle”, when we talk about race in America, Zamalin posits that civility maintains rather than disrupts racial injustice.

Please register here or call 781-596-8867


Conversations about Race and Racism

The goal of this group is to create a safe space to reflect and discuss how media, movies, books, magazines, shows, and policies may skew our perceptions and beliefs toward people of color. This group will include discussion questions lifted from Ibram X. Kendi’s Be Antiracist journal, and the Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese Singh. Reference Librarian Janina Majeran will host the group and lead the discussions over Zoom. We may read a book or two and listen to a couple of podcasts as well!  You do not have to join every meeting, but rather join us when you can.


We will meet on Monday, April 12th at 7:30 pm, and discuss this article from the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/us/smith-college-race.html

Register here

1000 Books Before Kindergarten


We are offering a special program for young children called

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

1.      This program is designed for families with children from birth through age 5.

2.      Sign up online using this Google Form.

3.      Record each book read. Repetition is good, so you may record a favorite book more than once.

4.      Pick out books you enjoy and have fun reading together (use expression!). Find a time when you and your child are in a good mood to read. Reading together should never be a chore.

5.      Each time you read 100 books, you will receive a sticker to add to your folder. Presently all books will be recorded using Google Forms. Each time you complete 100 books, a new form will be emailed to you.

  • two stickers – one for your book and one for the library wall
  • your next set of pages for your reading journal
  •  Visit the library often and discover the wonderful variety of books to check out and read together.

6.      You may read books from anywhere:  the library, from home, preschool, etc.  You may also count books read at Storytime programs at the library or school.

7.      Don’t be daunted! Just 3 books a day amounts to 1000 books in 1 year, and this program is designed to give you time over a few years to meet your goal.

Once you have read 1000 books, you are finished with the program.  Please continue to read together, and feel free to add your own pages to the journal if you wish.