“The power of storytelling is exactly this: to bridge the gaps where everything else has crumbled.” – Paulo Coelho
Reclaiming Your Story is a year-long grant to produce events for children through adults that supports community dialogue, embraces lived experiences and local voices, and encourages civic engagement and exploration for those seeking or desiring change. Partnerships and programs will address domestic violence, community diversity, and how we can be agents of change. The final piece to thread these efforts is the creation of a Healing Library containing resources to help individuals feel empowered to navigate periods of conflict and trauma.
Workshops, author talks, traveling exhibits, community reads, and a youth-based literary magazine will expose, inform and facilitate access and advocacy to societal justice, inclusion, and healing.
Reclaiming Your Story is generously sponsored through a LSTA grant that was awarded from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Reclaiming Your Story Programs
Teens in grades 6-12 will participate in creative writing exercises and hands on activities. Teens can also earn service hours by collaborating with the children’s writing group, The Scribble Society! Meetings are held every other Wednesday at 3:30pm. Registration is required.
Formerly the Literary Magazine Group, The Scribble Society is a club made just for kids in grades 3-5! Join RPL Children’s Librarians for a bi-weekly writing/art workshop to get your creative juices flowing! Registration is required.
August 13, 2022 — October 8, 2022
The Reading Public Library is excited to host a small but mighty Community Read that celebrates community dialogue around the themes of body autonomy, body positivity, and body neutrality. Unapologetically Positively You features two signature titles, Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability by Summer Michaud-Skog and Starfish by Lisa Fipps. The picture book, Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder, will serve as the Family Book Club pick throughout the Read.
Everyone in the community can participate: read a book, share perspectives, attend a program, engage on social media and build a stronger community together. Free copies are available at the library and at various locations throughout town.