WE LOVE READING! Book groups are a great way to engage with others and to make new friends while bonding over your favorite stories and through learning together.
MONDAYS 5pm: Young Adult Book Group Elizabeth Acevedo Novels This Fall we will read the first three novels of Elizabeth Acevedo: Poet X, With the Fire on High, and Clap When You Land. We will meet via Zoom at 4pm EST, and, weather permitting, “under the pines” near the OMHS tennis courts where anyone who feels comfortable can join in person at sit safely spaced.
October 19- read Poet X to pg. 178
October 26- readPoet X to pg. 355 (end of book)
November 2- read With the Fire on High to pg. 221
November 9- read With the Fire on High to pg. 386 (end of book)
November 16- read Clap When You Land to pg. 228
November 23- read Clap When You Landto pg. 417 (end of book)
Past Young Adult reads include: The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
TUESDAYS 5pm: Ongoing Series Book Group Harry Potter Series (all ages) We will be reading the WHOLE series! Join Alanna and the rest of our 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.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child - In this unique book club, participants will read aloud Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the two-part play written by Jack Thorne. The play was inspired by the Harry Potter series and has found incredible success in theatres. Book club participants will choose roles and spend each session reading through the screenplay. No preparation or reading ahead required. Accents and costumes welcome.
WEDNESDAYS 5pm: Bestseller Book Group The Color of Law by Rich Rothstein with Amy Brooks and Niklas Berry
About the Book: Widely heralded as a “masterful” (Washington Post) and “essential” (Slate) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law offers “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation” (William Julius Wilson). Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods. A groundbreaking, “virtually indispensable” study that has already transformed our understanding of twentieth-century urban history (Chicago Daily Observer), The Color of Law forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past.
November 4 - read pgs. 101-218 (Chapters 7-epilogue)
The Color of Law is part of our Bestseller Books series. The books that fall under this category are great for adult readers. Past Bestseller reads include: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo The Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo Untamed by Glennon Doyle
THURSDAYS 5pm: Family Book Group
Our series of Family Book Group and Diverse Voices reads are chosen to highlight the writings and life experiences of people in cultures and communities that are often underrepresented. Past reads include: Akata Witchby Nnedi Okorafor Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi The Crossover by Kwame Alexander The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros More to the Story by Hena Khan
Check back for upcoming Family Book Group picks or contact us if you have a book in mind!
FRIDAYS 5pm: Kid Book Group Periodically, one of the OMO kids will choose a book they think others will enjoy. Past reads include: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Though we typically do not record Book Group, you can watch previous sessions and some special occasion ones here (like when Hena Khan joined us for the last More to the Story Book Group Discussion: