Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 10:00a.m.
St. Louis County Library will introduce a new series of discussion kits for families to help them discuss issues of race and cultural diversity. The kits are part of SLCL’s partnership with We Stories–a local non-profit helping parents initiate conversations about race using children’s literature. The book discussion kits will begin circulating in July 2016.
The We Stories discussion kits include 4-6 different books, interactive activities and a discussion guide. Each kit is centered on a different theme–there are 11 different themes available. Sample kits include “Everybody Counts,” “Girl Power,” “Being Friends,” “Celebrating the Skin You’re In” and “Who are the People in Your Neighborhood.” There are 132 total kits available for checkout.
The We Stories kits are designed for parents and children ages 3-8. The kits can be checked out for two weeks.
Six locations will house the discussion kits: Daniel Boone, Florissant Valley, Grant’s View, Headquarters, Rock Road and Weber Road. The kits are requestable and can be sent to any open SLCL location.
Earlier this year, SLCL added over 700 copies of culturally diverse children’s books to the collection as part of the We Stories partnership. The books are displayed at all open SLCL branches and have been extremely popular with patrons. To date, items in the We Stories collection have been checked out over 1,200 times.
To view the library’s collection of We Stories titles and book discussion kits, please visit the SLCL catalog at webpac.slcl.org and search for “We Stories.”
More information about We Stories can be found at westories.org.
To learn more about culturally diverse resources and programs at St. Louis County Library, please visit www.slcl.org or call 314-994-3300.