About Omaha Reads: 2018
The Omaha Public Library is thrilled to announce the 2018 featured book:
"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
“The Hate U Give” is the fictional story of 16-year-old Starr Carter and how her life changes after being the only witness to her friend's death at the hands of a police officer. This award-winning novel addresses a variety of themes, including racism, community, family, justice, friendship and identity.
OPL worked with a variety of community partners to provide opportunities for people to gather and talk openly about the book's challenging themes in respectful environments throughout the city. More than 370 people attended these events.
"The Hate U Give" was checked out by more than 900 times during Omaha Reads, making it the most popular title in the history of the campaign.
About Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Her second novel, On the Come Up, was published in 2019.
OPL presented a variety of opportunities for people to gather, learn more about some of the topics addressed in the book and discuss their own experiences. Programs included:
- OPL-led book discussions at South Omaha Library (9/18/18), Charles B. Washington Branch (10/12/18), and Millard Branch (10/16/18)
- Omaha Table Talk co-hosted with Inclusive Communities at UNO's Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (10/2/18).
- After Hours at The Venue at Highlander Accelerator (12/18/18)
- Stories of Identity at The Union for Contemporary Art (10/24/18).