Vermont Reads 2020

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VTReads 2020 Online Challenge

Here are some activities to do at home as you enrich your experience with this year’s read, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. You may have already read the book, even seen the movie. We encourage you to take another look at this beautiful work of intelligently crafted fiction—read it like historical fiction, and re-imagine your place in our society. Think about all of the things we can do together and apart to make our communities safer spaces for all.

The following activities are not exhaustive. Not all of them are wholly online (apologies) and some of the themes will likely make you uncomfortable. It’s okay to be uncomfortable when you’re out of your element—that’s where the real work takes place. It is not necessary to complete all of the activities to participate in the challenge. It is our hope that when we re-open we can continue the journey of reading and discovering each other in the library and that the fruitful and interesting conversations this text generates will enrich your life for the better.

Keep track of your progress with the Fillable Checklist or Printable Checklist and email your results to the library.

  • Read The Hate U Give eBook Audiobook
  • Read supporting titles (please be patient as we locate digital copies)
      1. Adams, Blumenfeld, Castaneda, Hackman, Peters, & Zinga Reading for Diversity and Social Justice
      2. Ahmed, Samira Internment                                       Book  eBook  Audiobook 
      3. Alvarez, Julia In the Time of the Butterflies           Book  eBook
      4. Anderson, Carol We Are Not Yet Equal                Book
      5. Coates, Ta-Nehisi Between the World and Me        Book  Audio CDs Audiobook
      6. Daniels, Cora. Impolite Conversations                  Book
      7. Henson, S. F. Devils Within                                            Book  eBook
      8. Kendi, Ibrahim X. How to Be an Antiracist           Book  eBook  Audiobook
      9. Kerascoët I Walk With Vanessa                                        Book
      10. Khan, Hena Amina’s Voice                                  Book                
      11. Lewis, John. March: Book 1, 2, & 3                     Book1 Book2 Book3  eBook
      12. Mckesson, DeRay On the Other Side of Freedom   Book
      13. Magoon, Kekla How It Went Down                      Book   eBook
      14. Magoon, Kekla Light It Up                                 Book        
      15. Markel, Michelle Brave Girl                                    Book  
      16. Reynolds, Jason All American Boys                      Book  eBook  Audiobook
      17. Stone, Nic Dear Martin                                                  Book  eBook
      18. Watson, Renee Piecing Me Together                    Book  eBook
      19. Woodson, Jacqueline     Harbor Me                                 Book              
      20. Anderson, Carol     White Rage                           Book 
      21. Baraka, Amiri S.O.S.: Poems 1961-2013              Book
      22. Davis, Angela Y. Freedom is a Constant Struggle  Book
      23. Saad, Layla F. Me and White Supremacy              Book eBook
      24. *physical copies may be requested for curbside pickup. Call/email staff for more details and assistance.
  • Watch the music videos for
  • Listen to Angie Thomas’s playlist on Spotify
  • Watch a film
  • Answer film discussion questions for one or more films Printable Version Fillable Version
  • Locate your local Black Lives Matter chapter
  • Complete the personal identity intersection worksheet
  • Read an article about white privilege as a ‘broke white person’
  • Watch TaNehisi Coates explain the proper usage of the n-word
  • Play ’Black Jeopardy’ online! use Kahoot alone or with friends - tournament coming soon!
  • Listen to NPR podcast ‘Codeswitch’
  • Read Tupac’s poetry
  • Take the Project Implicit Assessment
  • Find a story and reflect on goodblacknews.com