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Read Woke Westwood: Welcome

Read Woke Westwood is a new reading challenge for our community! Discover diverse books, log activities, and READ WOKE.


Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.

I concluded that a Woke Book must:

• Challenge a social norm • Give voice to the voiceless • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised

• Seek to challenge the status quo • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group”

– Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

How the Challenge Works:

The challenge is open to grades K - 12th and adults of all ages. It started on November 1, 2020 and is ongoing.

There are 12 badges to complete to finish the challenge. Each badge features an underrepresented or oppressed group. To earn a badge you need to read a book that has a protagonist from the group and tell us what you learned. Westwood Librarians have put together booklists for each badge and for each age group (K-2, 3-5, 6-12, and adult) featuring books available at the library.

Asian American and Pacific Islander VoicesBlack VoicesDisabilityFemale VoicesHispanic American VoicesImmigration

LGBTQ+ Voices Mental HealthMiddle Eastern VoicesNative American VoicesPoverty and HomelessnessSocial Injustice

To participate, go to the Beanstack App or click the logo on the right. (hint: if you participated in summer reading on Beanstack, you already have an account and do not need to make a new one. Just log into your account and choose the Read Woke challenge!)

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Westwood, MA 02090
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