Power of Words: Host or Join a Book Discussion


Celebrate Black Voices and join in the Power of Words by discussing one of Jacqueline Woodson's books with your friends, family, or coworkers. Receive a discussion guide, updates on Power of Words and Our Voice programs and opportunities, and share your book club experience to help us improve our programs and secure future grant funding for more community reading events.


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Monroe County Public Library "Books Plus" Book Club

Red at the Bone

All are welcome to join this Library-facilitated book discussion of Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson––or just listen. Moving forward and backward in time, this taut and powerful novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.

Sunday, January 2 | 2–3 PM
Virtual | Age 16 & up

Please register to get the Zoom link


NMBCC Book Club SeriesNMBCC Book Club Series

Red at the Bone
Join in this discussion about Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical, poignant, and powerful New York Times bestseller, facilitated by Dr. Gloria Howell,
Director of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.

Thursday, January 20 | 6:30–8 PM
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Bridgewaters Lounge, 275 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington
Age 16 & up

Please register


Books on Tap, Virtual EditionMonroe County Public Library "Books on Tap" Book Club

Another Brooklyn

Join in this discussion of Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, which heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood––the promise and peril of growing up––and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives. Books on Tap is a book club with a twist! Each registered participant will receive a drink recipe that goes with the month’s book selection. This month is the Brooklyn take on a Manhattan.

Monday, January 31 | 6:30–8 PM
Virtual | Age 21 & up

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Check out book club kits or individual copies of Jacqueline Woodson's titles at the Library:

Register Your Book Group

Join the list of community book groups:

  • Academy of Science & Entrepreneurship
  • Batchelor Bulldogs Book Club
  • Binford Book Group
  • Brunch Book Club
  • Feminist Book Club
  • Mary's Book Club
  • Neal-Marshall Center Book Group
  • VITAL Book Group