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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 


Read Woke Reading Challenge

What is Read Woke?

“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.

I concluded that a Woke Book 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”

– Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

How to Read Woke:

  1. Register for the Read Woke Reading Challenge on the Beanstack website or the Beanstack Tracker App, iOS and Android. (Beanstack is the same program the Library uses for Summer Reading Club.)
  2. Choose an Activity Badge:
    • African American Voices
    • Asian American Voices
    • Diverse Abilities
    • Female Voices
    • Immigration & Refugee Voices
    • Inclusion & Acceptance
    • Latin American Voices
    • LGBTQ+ Voices
    • Native American Voices
    • Social Injustice & Racism
    • Voices of those Experiencing Poverty & Homelessness
  3. Choose a book to read.  Each Activity Badge includes book finder resources and four lists of books, one list for each age group: ages 4-8, ages 9-12, Teens, and Adults.  These lists link directly the Library’s Catalog, so you can put them on hold, or directly to the eBooks/eAudio for you to download
  4. Log the book you read and tell us a little bit about what you learned.
  5. Choose another Activity Badge and repeat!

If you have any questions or need assistance in registering for the program, please contact the library and we’ll be glad to help!