What if we all read the same book at the same time? A book that discusses important topics like race and violence? Let’s do it! Pick up How it Went Down  by Kekla Magoon at your nearest library. And then meet the author!
Kekla will be in town February 25 and 26. Stay tuned for more details on her visit. For now, read the book!
“When we read together—when a grandfather reads to a granddaughter, when a teacher reads to a classroom, when a parent reads to a child, when a sister reads to a brother, when everyone in a town reads the same book silently, together—we are taken out of our aloneness. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another. We connect. And when we connect, we are changed.” — Kate DiCamillo
About Read Brave
Read Brave is Saint Paul Public Library’s annual, citywide program encouraging youth and adults to read and come together around a young adult novel. The program encourages intergenerational dialog about thought-provoking contemporary issues facing teens and culminates with a visit by the author to continue the discussion.
Library staff chooses the book in the fall and purchases as many copies of the book as possible to share with the community. When teens own the book, they take ownership of the reading, get the thrill of a personalized autograph, and are able to share the book with friends and family. Saint Paul Public Library distributes the books in early January, and the author events are in late February.
Read Brave featured the novel Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King in 2013, and Eleanor and Park in 2014. Read Brave has fostered partnerships and programs with Avalon School, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Schools, adult and teen book clubs, Shakopee Women’s Prison, local booksellers, and Lady Gaga's Born Brave Bus tour. Avalon School received both state and national Promising Practices awards for their participation with the Saint Paul Public Library's Read Brave initiative.