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Urbandale Public Library/Read Woke Challenge

This Fall we’re inviting all ages to join the Read Woke Challenge!

October 1 – November 6

The Read Woke Challenge is a Beanstack sponsored program in which readers (families, teens, adults) earn badges for completing books written by authors of various marginalized communities. Badges can be earned for reading books that fit into these categories: African American Voices, Asian American Voices, Diverse Abilities, Female Voices, Hispanic American Voices, Immigration, LGBTQ+ Voices, Native American Voices, Poverty & Homelessness, and Social Injustice. 

This Challenge can only be completed online through Beanstack. There aren’t any prizes for completing the Read Woke program, but you will be able to claim bragging rights! Earn three (or more) badges to complete the challenge!

To begin, create or log in to your Beanstack account any time between October 1 – November 6 and select the Read Woke Challenge under the Discover tab. Click here for a Beanstack Tutorial.

Looking for other opportunities to learn and grow? Consider the United Way of Central Iowa’s 21-Day Equity Challenge.

What is Read Woke?

Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.

I concluded that a Woke Book must:

  • Challenge a social norm
  • Give voice to the voiceless
  • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
  • Seek to challenge the status quo
  • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group

– Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

Read Woke Book Lists

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