Bainbridge Island, Wash., (May 18, 2023) - The City of Bainbridge Island announces the next three BI Reads book choice options to read and attend events August-November 2023.
BI Reads is a four-six month, all-community reads program in its second run. The first BI Reads, BI Reads for Justice, aimed to normalize and broaden conversations about race in the community by reading “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. BI Reads for Justice held four events with over 75 community members in attendance at each event.
This iteration of BI Reads asks the community to come together through a shared experience of reading one book, promoting literacy, and fostering great conversations, creative expression, and broadening horizons.
The choices are: “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, “The House of Broken Angels” by Luis Alberto Urrea and “A Tale of the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki. Descriptions of each book can be found on the program website. The three BI Reads choices were reviewed by City staff and staff at the Bainbridge Public Library from other popular community read titles.
The public is encouraged to vote on their top pick for this BI Reads by June 16. Public voting is available online (https://cityofbainbridgeisland.civilspace.io/en/projects/bi-reads) and at physical ballot boxes located at Eagle Harbor Book Co (157 Winslow Way E) and the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center (370 Brien Dr SE). The book choice winner will be announced on July 25 at the City Council Regular Business Meeting.
For more information about participating in or volunteering for BI Reads, contact Adam Nebenzahl (firstname.lastname@example.org). To learn about upcoming events and dates for the book, visit bainbridgewa.gov and click on Engage Bainbridge from the home page, then BI Reads.