Join other readers at this hybrid discussion - both in-person and on Zoom of Jacqueline Woodson's Red at the Bone

Contact: Barbara Shatara at to register and to obtain Zoom info.

About This Month's Book, Jacqueline Woodson's Red at the Bone:

As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody’s coming of age ceremony in her grandparents’ Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody’s mother, for her own ceremony– a celebration that ultimately never took place.

Unfurling the history of Melody’s family – reaching back to the Tulsa race massacre in 1921 – to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they’ve paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. 

Limited copies of the book are available for checkout at the Main Desk. Reserve one here.

August 11, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Masks are recommended in library and required in youth area, regardless of vaccination status.