The Arlington Reads Together (ART) community read program launched in 2003 as a way of bringing Arlington together through literature. Last summer, the ART selection committee chose Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum as the community read for ART month in March 2021.
A partnership between the Robbins Library, longtime ART sponsor Arlington Libraries Foundation, and the Arlington Education Foundation brings ART book pick author Dr. Tatum to Arlington on Sunday, March 21, at 3pm for “A Conversation on Race and Racism with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum.” The moderated conversation will be held on Zoom and live-streamed on ACMi and Facebook Live. Those who wish to participate in the Zoom conversation with Dr. Tatum on March 21 should register at conversationonraceandracism.eventbrite.com
The full month of ART programs ends on March 28 when the Friends of Robbins Library present award-winning musician and performance poet Tim Hall. Hall’s performance, ”Trust the Process,” is about creative expression, self love, and artistic exploration. His poetry draws inspiration from his lived experiences — charting the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life. Hall’s virtual performance will be followed by a live Q&A.
Library visitors can pick up copies of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria at the Robbins Library during drop-in pick up hours, or request a copy via the MLN catalog or by calling the library at 781-316-3233. Thanks to a grant from the Arlington Libraries Foundation additional copies of the book are available as digital downloads via the Digital Collection and Libby app.
Events, book discussions, and more take place throughout March. A full schedule of events and sign-up information is available here.
Arlington Reads Together is supported annually by the Diversity Task Group of Envision Arlington, the Arlington Libraries Foundation, and the Friends of the Robbins Library. This year Robbins library welcomes the Arlington Educational Foundation as a major supporter.