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Join the Read Woke Challenge

Onondaga Free Library (OFL), in partnership with Fayetteville Free Library, is participating in the national Read Woke Challenge!  Inspired by founder Cicely Lewis, librarians at OFL believe in the power of stories to help students learn more about the world around them and build a more empathetic and compassionate community.  Read Woke highlights stories that help students become better informed citizens and allies in the fight for racial equality and social justice.

Students in grades 6-12 can read books and win prizes.  Participation details are as follows:

  • Choose a book from our Read Woke reading lists below or pick your own that fits the Read Woke criteria.
  • Log each book you read using the Google form below.
  • After logging 6 books, you win a Read Woke t-shirt!

Keep in mind that Read Woke is an ongoing program.  Start anytime and finish at your own pace!  Prizes must be picked up in person at Onondaga Free Library or Fayetteville Free Library.


What makes a book "Woke"?

  • Challenge a social norm.
  • Give voice to the voiceless.
  • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised.
  • Seek to challenge the status quo.
  • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group.

Read Woke Book List: Recommendations for Grades 6-8

Read Woke Book List: Recommendations for Grades 9-12


Join the Conversation

Come to monthly Read Woke programs for chances to win more great prizes, meet new friends and get great Read Woke book recommendations.  Check our online events calendar for upcoming programs.