Stoneham Reads brings people together to discuss a common book to inspire thoughtful conversations, build connections and strengthen our community.
What is Stoneham Reads?
Stoneham Reads is a community-building project in Stoneham, MA. All are invited to read the same book and participate in related activities to foster connections, promote an appreciation of our town and have fun. Stoneham Reads seeks to build bridges by promoting reading, critical thinking and community connection. As we join in reading and talking and learning together, we feel we can make Stoneham a better place for all to live.
The Stoneham Reads project is a collaboration among town residents and community groups, sponsored by the Stoneham Community Development Corporation, and many other local organizations and businesses.
All are welcome!
In addition to the main book selection each year, Stoneham Reads selects companion books for younger readers and English language learners so that everyone can participate in the annual program.
2021 Launch Event Video
THIS VIDEO IS CLOSED CAPTIONED. All book groups are offered Live Transcription.
The accessibility intentions of Stoneham Reads were not able to fully blossom; we had very little response with our outreach. Each book group offered Live Transcription for the deaf community and for the blind community and a Screen Reader could be used with the Zoom platform.)
About Our First Book Choice
Stoneham Reads was launched in 2021, originally growing out of the Stoneham Public Schools Committee Subcommittee on Dismantling Structural Racism. With the desire to bring the conversation about racism to the larger community, Stoneham Reads was born as an ongoing reading program for the community to gather and share books and their themes.
The first book was focused on racial history and social justice, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, And You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.
Training was Also Offered
As part of the inaugural Stoneham Reads year, the Stoneham CDC, with generous support from local nonprofit organizations, local foundations, businesses, community groups and individuals, offered training in Facilitating Conversations across Race and Intersectionality to Stoneham Reads Facilitators and to representatives from Stoneham organizations and businesses to build capacity within Stoneham among residents, organizations and businesses for ongoing conversations about race in our community. See the 2021 Sponsors and Partners list here.
Given the pandemic, all events were virtual during this pilot year. In subsequent years, events will be held in common town spaces and local restaurants.