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July Middle School Book Discussion Group

Register by June 24 for our Middle School Book Group, discussing "Harbor Me" by Jacqueline Woodson. Group(s) will meet the week of July 27. Check below for details.


June 24, 2020
(all day)






For kids entering grades 6th-8th in the fall of 2020.

Middle-schoolers, join us the week of July 27 for a discussion group about the book Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson!

Discussion groups will be facilitated by Children’s Section’s Ms. Susan, along with community members Kabedi Mulomede and Kaream Williams.

Register by June 24, and we will notify you of the date(s), time(s) and format(s). (We may have multiple sessions, online or in-person, depending on the number of participants and circumstances.)

We will request a copy of the book for everyone who wishes to participate, available for pick-up at the library the week of July 6. It is also available as an e-book on our Library on the Go/Overdrive platform. Let us know on the registration form which format you would prefer, so we can be sure to have enough copies. Please enter your library card barcode if you need a physical book checked out and held for you.

Questions? Need more info? Email us at:

"Jacqueline Woodson's first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories.

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat-by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them -- everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives." (From Goodreads)