Next week, residents are encouraged to read and discuss “Whale Talk” by Chris Crutcher as part of a community book read. It is hosted by Embrace, a grassroots movement that aims to make Northwest Ottawa County a more welcoming community.
The first discussion will review the book's chapters 1-8 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. The second discussion will look at chapters 9-15 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.
The discussions will take place in Program Room B at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven. Participants must purchase their own book.
Paula Kendra, a member of Embrace, said the event is a way to create conversations about diversity and racial issues in the community, as well as get the group’s name out there.
Throughout the two discussions, participants will identify characters and situations in the book, while looking at similar incidents in the community and ways residents overcame their own issues.
Kendra said the event’s goal is to help people share their perspectives on local issues and find ways to make a change in the community.
“I think we can make a big difference,” she said.
Currently, staff and students at Grand Haven High School are reading the book and having classroom discussions.
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