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On-site: Esther Newberg Social Justice Book Club
January 23, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
This program will take place in our lower level program room.
Calling all changemakers in grades 5-8! Read prize-winning books celebrated by the Jane Addams Peace Association and come together once a month to discuss them. Be ready to hangout and talk! Participants will get their own copies of the books to keep.
Online registration is required, supplies are limited. Please register to ensure you will receive a ESTY Box. Boxes are available to be picked up beginning on December 15th. If you do not pick up your ESTY box by January 6th, the box will be given to someone on the waitlist. You must register each month to receive a box.
January: A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat (Sunday, 1/23/22 at 2 p.m.)
A Wish in the Dark is set in a Thai inspired fantasy world in which Pong and Somkit, nine-year-old orphan boys, must live in Namwon prison until the age of thirteen. Pong, however, escapes the prison and begins a new life at a Wat (temple) in a different city, hiding his fugitive status. Nok – an obedient daughter of the prison’s warden – is eager to capture Pong to gain the approval of her family. As she discovers secrets, Nok transforms from the perfect daughter of a wealthy family to stand with Pong and Somkit, and for the people who are oppressed by the governor who controls the city of Chattatana and the lights that power the city. Loosely based on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, this beautifully narrated fantasy encourages reader reflection and dialogue about structural social inequity and the role of protests in creating social change.