Each year, Omaha Public Library (OPL) invites the community to vote for and read one book as a way to promote literacy and inspire discussion among Omaha and Douglas County residents. This year’s Omaha Reads selection is the #1 New York Times Best Seller “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.
“The Hate U Give” is the story of 16-year-old Starr Carter who must navigate between the impoverished neighborhood where she lives and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. This uneasy balance is upended when she becomes the sole witness to the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend by a police officer. As Starr finds herself increasingly torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.
“We look forward to having conversations around ‘The Hate U Give,’” said OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane. “From the community’s selection of this book through a public vote, to the consistently high number of requests OPL has had on the title, it’s clear that there’s an interest in the book and the topics it addresses.”
Get involved with Omaha Reads by checking out the book at your local branch, participating in a free program, and discussing the book with friends, family and neighbors. More information about each program and registration information can be found at omahalibrary.org/omaha-reads or by contacting the hosting branch or venue.
- Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.: Book Discussion at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850. Adults and teens are invited to read “The Hate U Give” and join our intergenerational, multicultural discussion. Jade Rogers, youth engagement manager for The Union for Contemporary Art and black studies historian, will facilitate this discussion.
- Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6-7:30 p.m.: Omaha Table Talk at the University of Nebraska Omaha Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, 6001 Dodge St. Join us to discuss the parallels between the novel "The Hate U Give" and the realities of today's world. Participants are encouraged to read the book before attending. This event is co-hosted by Inclusive Communities. Registration is required.
- Friday, Oct 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Kickback & Book Discussion at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849. Teens and adults are invited to after hours for dinner and a dialogue around this year's Omaha Reads title, "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas. Community activist Ashlei Spivey will dive into some of the book’s themes and welcome attendees to share ideas and perspectives. Participants are encouraged to read the book before the event. Registration is required. A signed parental permission form is required for minors attending without a guardian.
- Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6-7:30 p.m.: Book Discussion at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848. Adults and teens are invited to read “The Hate U Give” and join our intergenerational, multicultural discussion. Jade Rogers, youth engagement manager for The Union for Contemporary Art and black studies historian, will facilitate this discussion.
- Thursday, Oct. 18, 7-9 p.m.: After Hours at The Venue at Highlander Accelerator, 2120 N. 30th St. Omaha-area young professionals are invited for an evening of community dialog surrounding topics from this year's Omaha Reads title. Adult beverages and light appetizers will be served. Registration is required.
- Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m.: Stories of Identity at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. OPL and the Beacon Story Lab will host a community storytelling event inspired by “The Hate U Give.” Registration is required.
Learn more about author Angie Thomas at angiethomas.com. Reserve your copy of “The Hate U Give” today. Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs and resources offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.