We are inviting you to join us in the Boulder Public Library One Book, One Boulder campaign. We will be reading or listening to the book, ‘So You Want to Talk About Race’ by Ijeoma Oluo. If you have a Boulder County library card, there are over 200 copies of the book in circulation and you can download the audiobook for free with the Hoopla, OverDrive, or Libby Apps. Otherwise, the book can be purchased online at Amazon or other sellers. This book will serve as a guide for conversations meant to deepen our understanding of race and how to talk about it. The author uses both personal experience and academic rigor to dive into the complexities of these conversations in both an authentic and accessible way. In order to create a more diverse conversation pool, these conversations will be open to the public.
For those interested, there will be online public events happening through the library system in addition to conversations facilitated by Rev. Pedro Silva on October 14th and 28th. Fill out the form below to get on a mailing list for these upcoming discussions. Limit is 100 people.
Here are some optional resources to help us prepare for these conversations:
- View the replay of the Conversation with City Council Members Junie Joseph and Mary Young. If you’re in the Boulder County area, after viewing, please consider taking the post event survey to let the Boulder Library Foundation know your thoughts.
- View this interview with Ijeoma Oluo where she talks about why she wrote this book and the importance of these conversations.
- Visit Living Room Conversations to check out some of their racial equity conversation resources.
- Learn more about your local branches of the NAACP and other equity based organizations.
For a list of other events sponsored by the Boulder Library visit here.
To register for the October 14th and/or 28th conversations please go to both links separately.
All of these events will lead up to a conversation with Ijeoma Oluo on November 5 at 7PM reflecting on her book “So You Want to Talk About Race” offering support for community members in learning, reflecting and engaging on the important topic of racial equity in the City of Boulder and beyond. Registration is open now at https://calendar.boulderlibrary.org/event/6880486.
There will be some outreach leading up to these conversations. But you don’t have to wait for scheduled events to discuss race. If you would like to create your own group to study the material here is a link to the DISCUSSION GUIDE.
Be encouraged on this transformative journey in getting to know each other.