Join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for Community Read 2021

The Library encourages residents to "get on the same page" with books focused on themes of racism and social justice
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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library kicksoff its community reading initiative in March 2021 with titles focused on themes of racism and social justice.

Written by: Alesha Lackey

This March, join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for Community Read.  The Library encourages readers of all ages to read or listen to books that address current topics to establish a community of readers and learners. This year, Community Read focuses on racism and social justice through four diverse titles for children, preteens, teens and adults. The signature title, I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal, includes a scheduled appearance by the authors on March 24, 2021. Adults and teens are encouraged to read and discuss the main title, and the Library-selected companion titles for all ages including:

For Young Readers

You Matter

You Matter  by Christian Robinson is a beautifully illustrated picture book with uncomplicated text that reminds readers of their importance in the world.

For Preteens

Look Both Ways

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds is a book that boldly asks, “How you gon’ change the world?” It is equal parts funny, sad, heartwarming and thought-provoking. The story follows an assorted cast of 7th graders as they walk home from school. Told through a series of vignettes, each chapter offers a glimpse into the characters’ lives which are each loosely connected to one another.

For Teens

Im Not Dying With You

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal, the 2021 Community Read signature title, follows high school students, Lena, and Campbell, who find themselves in a precarious situation after a fight breaks out during a football game. Stranded and scared, the girls, virtual strangers, must rely on one another to get home safely.

For Adults

Just Mercy

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption  by Bryan Stevenson is the true story of Bryan Stevenson, an attorney who helped vulnerable clients – poor, young, mentally ill and wrongfully accused – individuals to navigate the criminal justice system. Just Mercy chronicles several of the cases that Stevenson worked on through the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization he established to help those in need.


Everyone in the community is invited to participate: read a book, share perspectives, attend a program, engage on social media and build a stronger community together.

Please use #communityread2021 when you post so we can follow along with your Community Read journey.