The January 2016 What Are You Reading blog post about Reading Challenges inspired us at Surrey Libraries to launch a staff challenge. We had been discussing ways in which we can encourage more diversity in our own reading habits and help our Surrey Libraries Book Blog be more reflective of the Surrey community. Therefore, we launched the Surrey Libraries Diverse Books Challenge for Staff!
This is a fun, optional reading challenge adapted from this tumblr post, which was inspired by the We Need Diverse Books movement. We are encouraging Surrey Libraries staff to read and submit reviews to the Surrey Libraries Books Blog for a chance to win prizes.
Here’s how it works:
1) Participation is 100% voluntary
2) Read books fitting one, two, or several of the criteria below. Read one book, read two books, read green books, read blue books. Feel emboldened to read books that fit more than one of the below criteria – intersectionality is encouraged!
3) Write a short review for the Surrey Libraries Book Blog and email it to Meghan S. Mention that your book was read by participating in the “Surrey Libraries: We Read Diverse Books Challenge” and your name will be entered in a prize draw for a gift card.
4) A draw slip will be entered for every review.
5) The challenge is launching March 7th and ends May 8th
6) Happy spring reading!
- Surrey author
- Book translated from one of the top 5 unofficial languages of Surrey (i.e. Punjabi, Mandarin, Tagalog, Hindi, or Korean)
- BC author
- Canadian author
- Author of colour
- Female author
- First Nations author
- Graphic novel by a female author or author of colour
- Immigrant perspective
- LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer) – protagonist or author
- Mixed race author
- Over age of 70 – protagonist or author
- Physical disability or chronic illness – protagonist or author
- Positive portrayal of main character living with mental illness
- Exploration of a refugee experience
- Under 20 but written for the adult market – protagonist or author
We’re excited to hear about people’s diverse reading experiences!
-Meghan S, Naomi E, & Jenny F at Surrey Libraries