Book with Purpose

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The Book With Purpose program aims to unite the Winston-Salem community over the summer with a one-read initiative for all ages. In 2021, the focus is antiracism and the program will be using books for preschool to adult readers by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Jason Reynolds, and Sonja Cherry-Paul. Bookmarks hopes to connect people from all walks of life in meaningful discussions about racism and antiracism through a variety of book club talks, author conversations, panel discussions with community leaders, and more.

 

The object of the program is to use the books as a starting point for discussion. Programming will occur throughout the summer and in all sections of the community as we aim to meet people in their comfort zones and in ways that invite listening, learning, reflecting, and responding on the theme of antiracism. 

In no way is Bookmarks the expert here. Which is why we are inviting others to participate either by presenting programs during the summer that we can include in the overall event calendar, by donating to help fund the book donations to schools, and by helping us get the word out. 

Book with Purpose: Antiracism will launch in mid-May and run through the end of the summer, culminating in an event at the Bookmarks Festival on September 25. Programming will occur throughout the community both in person (when possible) and online.

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Our first community information session was held on April 1.
To watch the recording, click here. The password is: i!OB3P25 

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Click here to register for April 22
Click here to register for May 4
Click here to register for May 6


Download a handout by clicking here. 
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Funding Needs:

  • Library copies: Each of the 10 branches will receive 3 copies of each of the 5 titles for a total of 150 books
  • School copies: Each of the 43 elementary schools in the WSFCS system will receive 20 copies of Stamped (for Kids) that can be claimed by parents/students for a total of 860 books; One copy of Stamped (for Kids) for each elementary school library; 5 copies of Stamped (for Kids) per elementary school to be claimed by teachers for a total of 215 books
  • Each of the 17 middle schools in the WSFCS system will receive 25 copies of Stamped that can be claimed by parents/students for a total of 425 books; One copy of Stamped for each middle school library; 5 copies of Stamped per middle school to be claimed by teachers for a total of 85 books
  • Each of the 18 high schools in the WSFCS system will receive 25 copies of Stamped that can be claimed by parents/students for a total of 450 books; One copy of Stamped for each high school library; 5 copies of Stamped per high school to be claimed by teachers for a total of 90 books
  • Copies available from Bookmarks & Community Partners: We would like to offer 100 copies of Stamped from the Beginning, and 200 copies each of Stamped, Stamped for Kids, and Antiracist Baby to community members for a total of 800 books.
  • Copies for the Hispanic League: 100 copies each of the Spanish language editions of Stamped youth edition and How to be an Antiracist to be distributed by the Hispanic League for a total of 200 books.
  • Forsyth Prison Ministries: 30 copies of Stamped for incarcerated fathers; 90 copies of Stamped (kids or youth) for children of incarcerated fathers
  • Read WS and Imprints Cares to distribute to families they are working with: 30 copies to each organization of Anitracist Baby for a total of 60 copies

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If you missed our t-shirt fundraiser, don't worry! You can still purchase a
"Kraken Open a New Book" shirt by clicking here.
Proceeds will continue to benefit Book with Purpose. 

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SUMMER PROGRAMMING
WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

 

  • Equity in education
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Environmental Justice
  • Equity in the Arts
  • Film screenings
  • Bilingual storytimes
  • Voting rights in NC
  • Summer camps
  • Book discussion with incarcerated fathers and their children
  • Creating an Antiracist Work Environment
  • Racism and religion
  • Author talks
  • Book club discussions

If you purchase a book below, please specify if it is a donation in the order comments. You can purchase directly from our wishlist by clicking here. These books will be donated. If you wish to purchase your own copy to read along, please do so below. 

​​​​​​Additional Recommended Titles:


Thanks to Libro.fm for donating 750 free audiobook downloads of Stamped!
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Click here to redeem a copy. 

About Libro.fm:
Same audiobooks. Different story. Libro.fm makes it possible for you to buy audiobooks through Bookmarks, giving you the power to keep money within your local economy, create jobs, and make a difference in your community. Whether you are paying for a monthly membership, giving an audiobook to a friend, or buying audiobooks for your organization, Libro.fm splits the profit from your purchases with your local bookstore.

To purchase any of the titles, see below:

You can listen to an audiobook excerpt of Stamped by clicking here, or to an excerpt of Stamped from the Beginning by clicking here

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2. Redeem the audiobook 
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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
Availability: Order Processes in 1-5 Days Depending on Store Stock
Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.


Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9781568584638
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Published: Bold Type Books - April 12th, 2016

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!
A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America


This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.


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Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316167581
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

This chapter book edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller by luminaries Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds is an essential introduction to the history of racism and antiracism in America
 
RACE. Uh-oh.


Antiracist Baby Picture Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110508
Availability: Order Processes in 1-5 Days Depending on Store Stock
Published: Kokila - July 14th, 2020

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
Featured on Good Morning America, NPR's Morning Edition, CBS This Morning, and more!


Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
Availability: Order Processes in 1-5 Days Depending on Store Stock
Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
Featured on Good Morning America, NPR's Morning Edition, CBS This Morning, and more!