2017-02-15 / Chester

‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ available at library

CHESTER — Whiting Library, on Main Street in Chester, is pleased to again participate in Vermont Humanities Council READS program. Each year the Council selects a book to be enjoyed, shared and discussed throughout Vermont. This year the selection is “Brown Girl Dreaming,” a memoir written in verse. It explores what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and a growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. 

Whiting Library will host three events for the enjoyment of reading, the love of memoir and poetry, and to honor the cause of civil rights. Many copies of the book are now available. Please come by the library to borrow one so that you can be prepared for to discuss the book in March.

Author Jacqueline Woodson, raised in South Carolina and New York, felt halfway home in each place. In her series of vivid poems, Woodson shares the joy of finding her voice through writing stories despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. 

“Brown Girl Dreaming” received the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, a Coretta Scott King Award, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Young Adult Fiction, and a Newbury Honor Award.

“This is a book full of poems that cry out to be learned by heart. These are poems that will, for years to come, be stored in our bloodstream.”  Veronica Chambers, New York Times Sunday Book Review Aug, 2014,

In 2015, Woodson was named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She also serves on the advisory committee for “We Need Diverse Books,” an organization that advocates for publication and promotion of literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people, and that enables more children to see reflections of themselves in the books they read.

In 2016, she published Another Brooklyn, a novel for adults that was shortlisted for the National Book Award. Woodson currently lives in Brooklyn.

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