Real Reads Regional Book Discussions

YWCA Greater Cincinnati is partnering with local libraries, bookstores, and universities to present community conversations across the Cincinnati region exploring the effects of interpersonal and structural racism on our culture and society. In our efforts to end racial and religious profiling, Real Reads offers an opportunity to read, talk, and listen to others, to engage in real talk, and connect across differences.



Book discussions and film screening with a panel discussion.

The Hate U Give

Join us as we explore Angie Thomas’ bold examination of the complexities of race in America through the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, whose world is shattered when she becomes a key witness in the shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.


Discussion Dates

February 4, 2020 – 6-8:00 p.m.
College Hill Library, 1400 W. North Bend Road, 45224

February 8, 2020 – 2-4:00 p.m.
Covedale Library, 4980 Glenway Ave, 45238

February 15, 2020 – 2-4:00 p.m.
Norwood Community Center, 1810 Courtland Ave, 45212

February 20, 2020 – 5-7:00 p.m.
Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, #1100, 45202

February 25, 2020 – 6-8:00 p.m.
Bond Hill Library, 1740 Langdon Farm Road at Jordan Crossing, 45237

March 3, 2020 – 6-8:00 p.m.
Covington Library, 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011

March 5, 2020 – 6-8:00 p.m.
Joseph Beth Bookstore Rookwood, 2692 Madison Road, 45208

March 12, 2020 – 6-8:00 p.m.
Forest Park Library, 655 Waycross Road, 45240

March 21, 2020 – 2-4:00 p.m. CANCELLED
Joseph Beth Bookstores Rookwood, 2692 Madison Road, 45208

March 28, 2020 – 2-4:00 p.m. CANCELLED 
North Central Library, 11109 Hamilton Ave, 45231


“The Hate U Give” Film Screening and Panel Discussion



March 31, 2020 – 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Xavier’s Gallagher Student Center Arrupe Overlook


Want to host your own discussion? This Facilitator’s Guide will help spark the conversation.

Want to know more? Check out these media sources:

WVXU “Cincinnati Edition,” February 10, 2020 – Community Conversations Explore Race in America Through The Hate U Give.
WCPO, January 24, 2020 – YWCA Greater Cincinnati hopes The Hate U Give can start real conversations about racial divisions
Mercantile Library’s “The 12th Story” Podcast, Episode #73, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas