The Winter Read invites our community to read a book together and engage in conversation about a critical historical and regional civil liberty topic. This year’s selection is Octavia Butler’s Kindred.
The novel tells the story of Dana Franklin, a young black woman living in 1970s Los Angeles who is suddenly and mysteriously transported to a plantation in pre-Civil War Maryland. Moving back and forth between the two eras, we follow Dana as she navigates the alternating realities of being a Black woman in 20th century America, which for her includes an interracial marriage, and the horrors and dehumanizing impact of chattel slavery. Dana’s experience on the plantation is complicated by hereditary links to those in bondage and those in power–connections that bind her to the past and forever alter her present.
The book and its graphic novel adaptation, in English and Spanish, are now available for checkout at The Community Library. Book are also available with our partner libraries in Hailey, Bellevue, and Stanley.
Join us for one of the many free virtual programs taking place this winter as we engage in conversations around systemic racism, science fiction and Afrofuturism, and the graphic novel as a medium for impactful storytelling.
Winter Read Internships
The Community Library is hiring up to five teen interns (9th-12th grades) to support this year’s Winter Read. Most internship work will be carried out remotely, and interns will be paid a stipend for their work.
The application window has closed for 2021.
Join us for our Drive-Through Kickoff from 4:00-5:00, followed by a virtual Livestream Kickoff from 6:00-6:30, presented by the Winter Read Interns.
Lectures, Films & Conversations
A feature documentary that shatters the too-often invisible otherizing of Black women in America and reclaims the true narrative as told in their own words. The film celebrates the extraordinary heritage of exceptional Black women, and ignites hope for the next generation.
Kindred the Graphic Novel with artist Damian Duffy and John Jennings
Co-creators of the Locus/Bram Stoker Award-winning 2018 graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred.
Award-winning author of the new book, “A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler” (Angel City Press, 2020).
Award-winning editor, author, and educator, and speaker on Octavia E. Butler’s enduring legacy.
Winter Read Closing Event
Join us for a virtual closing of the 2021 Winter Read. The Library’s eight high school interns will share their favorite moments from the last few months, reflect on this year’s community read of Kindred, announce our contest winners, and share a short film.
A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture
This commemorative poster exhibition celebrates the opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum Sept. 24, 2016. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the museum, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience.
A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the Museum.
As the world has become more interconnected, it is more important than ever to inspire people of all ages to create positive social change. The SITES has partnered with the educational organization Facing History and Ourselves to dramatically increase access to the themes and content presented in its national initiative “Choosing to Participate” with poster exhibition designed to encourage dialogue, engagement, respect, and participation in classrooms and communities.
Exhibits courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services.
The Community Library Winter Book Group: Race through Time
Hosted on Zoom by The Community Library.
Winter Read Challenges
This year’s Winter Read includes three contests, each with a prize for a $50 gift card to one of the following: Jane’s Artifacts, Ketchum Burrito, and The Gold Mine Thrift Store.
The challenges are open to all ages!
– Write a new ending for the Winter Read novel, Kindred.
– Write about what your experience would be like if you went back in time to the time period of the novel (the early 1800s in the American South).
– Write a book review for Kindred.
– Design a new cover for Kindred.
– Draw a comic strip for your favorite scene in the book.
– Make a character sketch for one of the main characters.
– Reenact your favorite scene from Kindred.
– Create a mock interview with one or more characters from Kindred.
– Make a movie trailer for the book.
Final submissions are due Sunday, March 7th, and the winners will be announced at the closing event on March 12th.
Please email your submissions to Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!