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Book: The Hate U Give

This thought-provoking book that we hope drives a lot of introspection in our community. It’s about a black teenage girl straddling two worlds – her inner city home life and her predominantly white, wealthy private school life. Her friend is shot and killed by a white police officer in front of her. This book delves into the themes of racism and police brutality, but also healing and grieving as a result of violence.

Prior to COVID-19 and the forced closure of Peoria Public Library and so much of our community, Peoria Reads! had scheduled a number of events – from book discussions to film screenings to poverty simulations and more. These events were designed to bring the community together to foster soul-searching discussions on the key issues raised in The Hate U Give, including racism, police brutality and classism.

We have since adjusted our plans and created virtual events, including a two-hour online discussion with a panel of community leaders entitled The Help U Give: A Conversation about Healing. This discussion was taped and can be found on Peoria Public Library’s Youtube channel.
Also find several upcoming virtual events on the special events page of this website.