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GRPL annual book club series highlighting social justice kicks off next month

GRPL Westside Branch kids' section
Grand Rapids Public Library
GRPL Westside Branch kids' section

The Grand Rapids Public Library's annual book club for kids "Social Justice Begins with ME" kicks off in September. Each month, young readers will examine different social justice topics.

The book club is presented in partnership with Grand Valley State University’s School of Social Work.

According to the library, children ages 4- 8 will listen to a book read out loud by a volunteer and discuss the month’s social justice topic in small groups. For kids ages 9-11, they’ll read a book in advance and also have group discussions.

In addition, all participants will be given snacks and can take part in craft activities.

Themes include Racial Justice, Disability Rights, Gender Equity, and Immigration. The series will begin Sept. 23 and run through December.

GRPL will kick off the annual book club with an open house event for parents, caregivers and children on Aug. 18. Library staff will introduce this year’s books and themes.

Participants can also register for the series as well as pick up this year’s books. The event also includes a special performance by children's singer and songwriter Joe Reilly.

The open house runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 18, at the Main Library on 111 Library St. NE.

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