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We have dedicated the 2020-2021 season of LafayetteREADS to reading the stories and histories that define systemic racism and racial inequity in America. 

September Selections

Adults - ”Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. About the author
"From the award-winning, bestselling author of We Should All Be Feminists" and Half of a Yellow Sun—the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race, belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home." - Penguin Random House

Teens - "Clap When You Land" by Elizabeth Acevedo. About the author
"Elizabeth Acevedo's new Clap When You Land is a novel, in verse, about two sisters losing their father, their hero, and finding each other along the way." Listen to the complete NPR author interview

LafayetteREADS September 2021 Book Selections

Save the Dates 

Advance registration is required.

  • "Americanah," Monday, Sept. 20, 6-7:30pm - Register
  • "Clap When You Land," - Sunday, Sept. 19, 3-4:30pm - Register

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Copies are available to borrow or download. Participants registered for the online events will receive free copies of the book while supplies last.


"Clap When You Land"

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Join with City of Lafayette staff, elected representatives and your neighbors for a series of book discussions, lectures, films, and conversations to prepare our community to be not just diverse and inclusive, but ANTI-racist.

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About LafayetteREADS

  1. LafayetteREADS

    is a quarterly reading and discussion group led by Lafayette Public Library staff. We select books that are not only great reads, but that are relevant to today’s issues. Our informal discussions focus on the book itself, and the ways in which the story sheds light on the contemporary world. LafayetteREADS covers both fiction and nonfiction, new books and rediscovered classics. We’re a reading group that really does talk about the book! You can find all current and previous book selections in the catalog.