Anchorage Reads is a community led program to promote reading, literacy and community-building by inspiring people of different ages and backgrounds to talk about the same book.
Groups and individuals are encouraged to participate by reading the book, attending events or organizing their own.
This year, the committee selected Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. The Anchorage Public Library works to ensure that all people in Anchorage have free and equal access to information, and this goal cannot be achieved without addressing racial and social inequity. By choosing Stamped and Stamped from the Beginning, Anchorage Reads and the Anchorage Public Library seek to build a community where we can learn from each other and work together to create a better future for everyone.
Scroll down for a recordings of Anchorage Reads events, suggested supplemental reading and film lists, a reader’s guide, and more!
Getting a copy
You can check out a copy of either book from the Anchorage Public Library.
Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
Reading & discussion guide
Download the reading guides using the links below. These reading guides were created by Youth4Change, a BIPOC youth group facilitated by Story Works Alaska.
Book club discussions
Join book club discussions to talk about what you're learning with other community members. These will be facilitated by community leaders and each month we'll discuss a different section of the book. You are welcome to join for any of the book clubs that interest you, whether it's one or all of them.
All previously scheduled book club discussions for Anchorage Reads 2021 have concluded. If you are interested, you are encouraged to organize your own book club discussion with friends, family, at your workplace, at your church.
Panel discussions will be hosted by community partners and will feature community leaders who will discuss the topics covered in both books with a particular focus on how issues impact Alaska. Discussions are live at the listed times below and recordings of each discussion will be made available.
Sunday, February 21, 7 - 8 PM
Race, Health & Healthy Communities
In this panel discussion co-hosted by the Alaska Black Caucus, we heard from Margo Bellamy, Dr. Ian Hartman, and Valerie Davidson about the intersection of race and health, particularly in Alaska.
Tuesday, March 9, 7 - 8 PM
Education & Racism
This all youth panel discussed the legacies of racism and historical trauma in the education system. This event was co-hosted by Youth4Change, a group of BIPOC youth who seek to address systemic racism in schools by uplifting youth voices.
Thursday, April 22, 6-7:30 PM
Race & Policing
In this panel discussion co-hosted by YWCA Alaska, we will hear from Jacqueline Shepherd, Jovell Rennie, and a representative from the Anchorage Police Department who will discuss the impacts of racism on policing.
Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 - 8 PM
In this panel discussion co-hosted by the Anchorage Museum, we heard from artists and activists about protests against racism that took place in Alaska during the summer of 2020.
Wednesday, June 2, 7 - 8:30 PM
The Economic Impacts of Racism
In this panel discussion, we heard from community members about the economic impacts of racism, especially on Alaskans.
Thursday, June 24, 7-8:30 PM
Race & Criminal Justice
In this panel discussion co-hosted by the ACLU of Alaska, we heard from community members on the impacts of the criminal justice system on our communities.
Here are more resources to learn about race, racism, and social justice.