Read WOKE challenge encourages reading diversity

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MENOMONIE (WQOW) – The Menomonie Public Library is asking people to flip the script on what they normally read and participate in the “Read WOKE” challenge.

From now until March 31, the library’s winter reading challenge calls on patrons to read books by diverse literary voices, like authors who identify as African American, Latinx, LGBTQ or Asian.

Library Director Ted Stark said other libraries across the nation have already participated in the challenge, and they thought it was a great idea to bring it to Menomonie.

He also said whether you’re 5 or 105 years old, it’s a good way to learn about others so we can treat them with more respect and dignity.

“I think it just expands people’s horizons, gets them to think maybe.  Literature always increases empathy towards others who are different.  Reading literature has always done that I think,” Stark said.

People who finish the challenge will be entered in a drawing to win $25 in chamber checks, which can be used at local businesses.

A prize will be given in 3 different categories: kids, teens and adults.

Click/tap here to register for the Read WOKE challenge.

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