On February 26, 2018, ALA selected 25 libraries that will work in partnership with community organizations to pilot the TRHT Great Stories Club, May – October 2018.
For more about grantee requirements and a timeline for related activity, please see the TRHT GSC Guidelines.
Vital to discussing the complex issues of race is a common vocabulary that helps prevent misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Words can have different meanings to different people based on their experiences. The concepts and phrases in the TRHT Glossary can help avoid misunderstandings. While not everyone may agree on the definition of each word, a common understanding of how words are being used in particular circumstances can help more productive conversations to take place.
The American Library Association (ALA) will work with TRHT GSC pilot libraries to arrange a racial healing practitioner(s) to lead at least one racial healing circle, session, or workshop with teen readers and program staff (i.e., librarians and partner organization staff who participate in the project).
A publication from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation entitled "Restoring to Wholeness" can help you understand more about what racial healing is and what racial healing circles can help you achieve in your program. As you consider this content, you may wish to consider how you will sequence healing circles in the context of your overall reading and discussion program series, how many healing circles you are able to convene, and how you will advocate for inclusion of this work when speaking with library administration and partner organization staff. Additional planning support will be provided to grantees during the April 2018 Orientation Workshop.
Pilot library participants will also receive support from ALA about best practices for embedding healing experiences throughout the TRHT GSC program series.
About the series: Growing from a child to a teenager to a young adult usually involves several rites of passage. While these events vary from culture to culture, they usually include educational milestones, parties that celebrate maturity, and special responsibilities that reflect newfound trust from one’s community. These moments can be both scary and exciting. Young people are not navigating these pivotal moments in a vacuum. Indeed, they are sometimes figuring out their morals, values, and increasing independence while living in societies that do not always value their newfound voices.
This circumstance is drawn into particularly sharp relief for young people in historically marginalized groups. Not only do they have to figure out all the “normal” stuff that comes with growing up, they must do so with the added burden of negative social pressure. Under these extra societal pressures, young people of color are forced to perform a type of high-wire act requiring more than the usual intelligence or even pluckiness; courage, bravery, and sometimes even heroism are required.
Growing up brave on the margins of society means moving forward in the face of fear and daunting circumstances. The books in this series feature strong protagonists who rise to challenges and fight for justice in the face of parents who may not always understand them, peers who doubt them, and communities who dismiss them or even find them dangerous.
Books for discussion:
Other resources for grantees:
Should you require additional support for your TRHT GSC program series, the following organizations may be a possible source of funding.