Discover diverse books, log activities, and READ WOKE

How to Complete the Challenge:

The most important thing you need to do is read some Read Woke books (anything that challenges you to think about other people, other places, or situations new to you). Then, to ‘complete’ the challenge and be eligible for the Grand Prize Draws, you will need to earn each badge. To earn a badge, you will:

  1. Read at least one corresponding book each month
  2. Tell us something you learned/enjoyed
  3. Encourage others to read woke. Tell your friends, family, classmates, or colleagues about the book you read.

Craving more!? Why not participate in a program? We will be highlighting some amazing programs each and every month. We also encourage you to write book reviews and read reviews shared by others.

How Can I Participate?

To participate in the challenge, you will need to make sure you have registered for a Beanstack account. If you or someone in your household participated in a Summer Reading Club Challenge, then you already have one. If not, here is how you can get started:

1. Visit your app store to download the Beanstack Tracker App to your smart phone or device, OR visit https://beinspired.beanstack.org to use the browser version.

2. Register yourself for an account. If more than one person in your household is registering for the reading challenge (we have three age groups to choose from), create one account for the whole family and add multiple readers. (TIP: make sure you look for Milton Public Library, Ontario. We’re the one with the bee logo)

3. Select your Read Woke challenge, based on your age.

“Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.”
Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

What Makes a Book Woke?

A Woke Book should be by and about marginalized persons, and must:

 Challenge a social norm;  
 Give voice to the voiceless;
 Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised;
 Seek to challenge the status quo;
 Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group.  

This challenge will run from November 1st, 2020 to May 31st, 2021

Please check back mid October for more updates!

In the meantime, feel free to visit the sites below for some great ideas and starting "Reading Woke" today: