OMO has a book group meeting each evening Monday-Friday on different topics for different ages.
a copy of the book (free PDFs will be shared prior to each session when available)
a way to take notes or doodle while we discuss the stories
a willingness to chat (by voice or chat box)!
What is Book Group all about?
WE LOVE READING! Book groups are a great way to engage with others and to make new friends while bonding over your favorite characters or learning about new ones.
MONDAYS The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner Hannah will lead us through this YA fantasy series that is great for independent readers (including adults)
TUESDAYS Harry Potter Series (all ages) We will be reading the WHOLE series! Join Alanna and the rest of us fellow Potterheads young and not so young, to discuss, make HP crafts, and share your favorite parts. Great for those new to the series and for those who have read them dozens of times! Check out Harry Potter crafts and activities here.
WEDNESDAYS White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo Join Amy to talk about this best-selling book. Book Description: White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress. Although white racial insulation is somewhat mediated by social class (with poor and working class urban whites being generally less racially insulated than suburban or rural whites), the larger social environment insulates and protects whites as a group through institutions, cultural representations, media, school textbooks, movies, advertising, and dominant discourses. Racial stress results from an interruption to what is racially familiar. In turn, whites are often at a loss for how to respond in constructive ways., as we have not had to build the cognitive or affective skills or develop the stamina that that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides. leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.
THURSDAYS Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi Rachel recommends this great book as a family read. Book Description: This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
PAST READS The Hunger Games Series (independent readers; completed) This series was another great one for mixing age groups. Perspectives change with age and life experiences, so it was good to hear from different age perspectives. The Hunger Games Book Group