The Bruce Goodman Read in Color Little Free Library was successfully launched on September 11, 2022. Nearly 40 people joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony and panel discussion with representatives from More Than a Single Story (MTASS).
The discussion started a meaningful dialog about diversity, equity and inclusion which is a goal of the library. There was much discussion about how to be better allies and how to create conversations. Themes centered on getting to know people who are different from yourself, approaching with love, and listening more than talking. Director of MTASS, Carolyn Holbrook, said it felt like she had spent the afternoon talking “with a group of friends.”
The Read in Color program brings diverse books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes that provide perspectives on racism and social justice; celebrate BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized voices; and incorporate experiences from all identities for all readers.
This important work garnered local media interest, including KARE 11’s Breaking the News with Jana Shortal. You can watch the show here. An article in My Villager can be read here and one from the Pioneer Press here. Goodman was interviewed by TCJewFolk about the genesis of the project. You can listen to that interview here.
Contact JFS Community Engagement Manager Jodi Saltzman.