One Topic One Town: A Journey Towards Dismantling Racism

The Swampscott Public Library together with S.U.R.E (Swampscott Unites Respects & Embraces Diversity) is proud to bring you  One Topic One Town: A Journey Towards Dismantling Racism.

Racism is a problem in our country, and no city or town is exempt from it. Our goal is not only to raise awareness about systemic racism in our society, but to take a look at ourselves, at our history, and to elevate the voices of our brothers and sisters of color.

We will start this project in September with a selection of five books, with an age range of child to adult. You may read just one book, or all if you prefer. There is no limit. Following that, we will lay out each month a series of programs around the books, including discussions on the books themselves, lectures, movies, history, podcasts, and presentations. Hopefully in the process we will learn about ourselves and how to be allies to not only the black and brown people in our community, but beyond it as well.

First, let’s read some books!

The books are now ready for checkout! Click on the titles to place a hold!

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

Book Discussion: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead on Thursday, January 28th at 7 pm. Several copies of the book are available here at the library!

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://swampscottma.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsfumvqzkpHtF_yEO9zWh-TEdWs4w5Rdy_

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Racial Healing Group

The Racial Healing Group will use 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. The goal 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. We may read a book or two and listen to a couple podcasts as well!  You do not have to join every meeting, but rather join us when you can. Questions that we’ll cover will be on our website under Programs. 

All that we ask is that you come with an open mind and an open heart. No inflammatory language will be allowed.

Register here for one or all the dates:

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jan 13, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://swampscottma.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUud-CorDIsH9IdWKT4fOgshL2RXO6EQnxW

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jan 27, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://swampscottma.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrfuqgqDsoEtMacxYnpElEUBVl2TmdSZdm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.