February 1, 2022

New York Times No. 1 Bestselling Author Jason Reynolds to Speak at Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL)

​New York Times No. 1 bestselling author Jason Reynolds will talk about his book, "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You," on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library auditorium. The event, "Stamped: A Discussion with Jason Reynolds," is free and open to adults and students in grades 6 and up. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. A book signing will follow the talk.

Free copies of "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" will be available at the event, while supplies last. Copies of Reynolds' other books will be available for purchase during the signing.

Reynolds' appearance is part of VBPL's grant-funded community read program for all ages, "Stamped from the Beginning," that launched in fall of 2021 and features programs such as book discussions, local history and genealogy workshops and more to take a look at systemic racism and its local impacts. Books at the heart of the community read are Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" for adult readers, and its adaptations, "Racism, Antiracism, and You" for teens, by Kendi and Reynolds; and "Stamped (for Kids): Racism, Antiracism and You," by Kendi, Reynolds and Sonja Cherry-Paul.

"We are excited to bring a renowned, award-winning author such as Jason Reynolds to Virginia Beach to further the discussions on the impacts of racism that we've hosted in our community as part of the 'Stamped from the Beginning' community read," said Katie Cerqua, programming and community outreach manager for VBPL. "As safe spaces where all are welcome, libraries are the ideal place for community members to have these discussions and share their different perspectives."

The "Stamped from the Beginning" community read program, and Jason Reynolds' appearance, are made possible, in part, by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Virginia Humanities, the Virginia Beach Library Foundation, and the Friends of Virginia Beach Public Library.

Per the program funder's request, masks are recommended at indoor programming for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. When auditorium registration is at capacity to accommodate proper social distancing, a separate meeting room across the hall will become available, featuring a live stream of the author talk and Q&A sessions.

About Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books for young people, including "Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks," "All American Boys," "Long Way Down," and "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You," and "Stuntboy, in the Meantime." The recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and multiple Coretta Scott King honors, Reynolds is also the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He lives in Washington, DC. Visit www.jasonwritesbooks.com for more information.

About Virginia Beach Public Library

Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

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