“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.
Discover Reading’s indigenous community- past and present! Join Thomas Green, Vice President of the Massachusett Tribe, to learn about Nanepashemet’s Pawtucket band of the Massachusett, whose homeland encompasses the North of Boston area, as well as a broader history of the Massachusett people and their relationship to the land.
Learn more about the Massachusett Tribe here: https://massachusetttribe.org/.
Saturday, May 14, 10-11:30am
In this workshop, teens in grades 6-12 will do drawing warm-ups, generate ideas for their own characters, and start to write their own comic book stories. Workshop is run by Cathy G. Johnson, Providence-based writer and artist of the graphic novel THE BREAKAWAYS!
Thursday, May 19, 3:30-4:30pm
Teens will test their knowledge during a game challenging them to match moments from famous social movements to poster board signs highlighting the six basic stages of social change. Led by Francie Latour, racial justice educator, facilitator, children’s book author and co-founder of Wee the People. Registration is required.
Monday, June 6, 7-8pm
Facilitated by Emily Channell-Justice from Harvard University’s Ukrainian Research Institute, this discussion will cover the war in Ukraine, how we got to where we are and to digest a firsthand account of the Ukrainian refugee crisis and its global impact.
Wear Your Resistance: Exploring Images of Protest with Wee the People
Friday, June 10, 2-3pm
This program encourage kids to learn about different images of resistance and then choose one to make a T-shirt of your own. Led by Francie Latour, racial justice educator, facilitator, children’s book author and co-founder of Wee the People. Best for grades 3-6. Registration is required.