Forsyth County Public Library System launches Read To Right Wrongs initiative; announces change to community read

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 27, 2020

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The Forsyth County Public Library system is holding a series of community conversations around complex subjects to launch its new Read To Right Wrong initiative.

Read To Right Wrongs (RTRW) is an effort to provide information around the many topics that the community is wrestling with, through programs, reading recommendations, outreach efforts and more, said Library Director Brian Hart.

“Public libraries’ roles continue to evolve,” Hart said. “We are no longer just providers of books and information, but we’re community centers where people can access resources that help them start a business, enhance their education and better understand the challenging times we’re living through.”
RTRW begins with five conversations called “Lounging with the Library.”

“Lounging with the Library is a discussion series that will explore inequities in various disciplines and pockets within our community,” Hart said.

• Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Racial Equity in Libraries
• Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Policing Matters
• Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Racial Equity in Housing
• Thursday, Nov. 12 7 p.m. Food Disparities in Forsyth County
• Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Health Equity

The On The Same Page (OTSP) community read, which has traditionally been held in the fall, will move to an alternate year program, beginning in 2022.
“We’re reevaluating many of our long-standing programs in light of the COVID-19 virus,” Hart said.
 Offering OTSP every other year will complement the Greensboro Public Library system’s community read, One City, One Book, which will be offered in 2021. This will give readers in Forsyth and Guilford counties a chance to take advantage of each other’s programs in alternate years, Hart said.
“We appreciate the strong community support the program has received over the past 19 years,” Hart said, “and we look forward to returning stronger than ever in 2022.”

For more information, contact Mary Giunca, public information officer at 336-703-3019.