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The library will be closed on Monday, May 27. The book drop will remain open.

It Takes a Village: A Book Club for Parents & Guardians

1st Wednesday of every month, 6-7PM

Join other parents & guardians on the 1st Wednesday each month at 6PM to support and learn from each other while reading literature on raising children.
Need help requesting a copy of the book? Contact Children’s Librarian Francine at fwien@carbondale.lib.il.us or (618) 457-0354 Ext. 5.
As much as we love kids, please leave those older than 6 mos. at home so we can have a distraction-free discussion!


Spring Meeting Schedule:

  • January 4
  • February 1
  • March 1
  • April 5

January / February Book

How to Raise an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi

The tragedies and reckonings around racism that are rocking the country have created a specific crisis for parents, educators, and other caregivers: How do we talk to our children about racism? How do we teach children to be antiracist? How are kids at different ages experiencing race? How are racist structures impacting children? How can we inspire our children to avoid our mistakes, to be better, to make the world better?
Following the accessible genre of his internationally bestselling How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi combines a century of scientific research with a vulnerable and compelling personal narrative of his own journey as a parent and as a child in school. The chapters follow the stages of child development from pregnancy to toddler to schoolkid to teenager. It is never too early or late to start raising young people to be antiracist.

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