Starting the conversation: Helping you discuss race inequity

Posted on September 1, 2020 at 6:00 am

“It’s hard to know where to start the conversation about race with young children. After all, these conversations aren’t easy for most adults,” writes Sheri Boggs, youth collection development librarian, in a recent blog post.

To help parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all adults who work with children, we’re offering a program that discusses how to talk about racial inequality with the kids in their life. Bring your questions to this discussion.

Teens are invited to join the book discussion of All American Boys, the story of two teens—one black, one white—who grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

All American Boys is a 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.


Registration is required for the following programs. You’ll need email to receive login information and an internet connection to participate in the online program.

Talking about Race with Kids

Hear from a panel of experts who are helping answer some tough questions about how to discuss issues of racial inequity with kids and why this is important to our Spokane community. Adults

Wednesday, Sep 16, 7–8pm | REGISTER

Teen Book Discussion: All American Boys

Discuss the book All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, and the youth protest movement around Black Lives Matter with other teens. This discussion will be led by a youth librarian. Teens

This book discussion group takes place over three sessions:

  • Session 1 (9/23): first half of the book
  • Session 2 (9/30): second half of the book
  • Session 3 (10/7): broader themes from the book and parents are invited to join the discussion

Wednesdays, Sep 23–Oct 7, 7:30–8:30pm | REGISTER

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