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.
Mary Shannon Thomas, licensed social worker and treasurer of Stoneham Community Development Corporation, said, "I'm excited to support the Stoneham Reads project because our stories bring people together. Our community is stronger when we learn about each other, and Stoneham Reads creates a space for learning and growth. As a social worker and a reader, I firmly believe that there is always a way to create change so long as there is thoughtful, compassionate communication.”
The first season for Stoneham Reads launched with a book focused on racial history and social justice: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. Our second season was focused on the national bestseller Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We are excited to engage in community conversation this year around the themes in Hey, Kiddo.
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.