Summer Reading Program at Goodnow
Summer Reading has started! Track reading and earn virtual reading badges for every minute that you read. Log your reading minutes at least once a week and you'll be automatically entered into weekly and grand prize drawings for some exciting prizes!
Read for a good cause! For every registered reader, the Friends of the Goodnow Library will donate $1 to the Sudbury Community Food Pantry. Our goal is 2000 readers, for a donation of $2000! Help us help the Food Pantry this summer.
An Evening with Authors - Race and the Modern American Family
The Friends of the Goodnow Library’s Evening with Authors Series continues with Race and the Modern American Family, a conversation between authors Calvin Hennick and Artress Bethany White hosted by Deborah Norkin.
Calvin Hennick’s debut memoir, Once More to the Rodeo, is the winner of Pushcart’s 2019 Editor’s Book Award. A road trip from Rockport to the annual two-day rodeo in Maxwell, Iowa serves as a backdrop for Hennick to explore the challenges of parenthood in an America grappling with what it means to be an American. Hennick questions how he can teach his son to be a man when his own father figures abandoned him. As a white man, what can he possibly teach his biracial son about how to live as a black man in America? And what does it even mean to be a man today when society’s expectations of men seem to change from moment to moment?
Artress Bethany White is a prize-winning poet, essayist, and literary critic. In Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity, (Available March, 2020, from New Rivers Press/Minnesota State University),White mines her own past to share stories both heartbreaking and hysterical. According to White, she wrote these essays in “the spirit of healing for a public searching for answers to America’s complex racial dilemma.” “Over the past decade, I have faced the challenge of raising a transracial family in the South, reckoned with being descended from one of the largest slaveholding families in America, and faced the history of a nineteenth century ancestor being lynched by the KKK. As I worked to assess these realities, I marveled at how my experiences were echoed in the trauma of a nation under siege from domestic terrorism, gun violence, and racism.”
Please join the Friends for this thought-provoking conversation.
The program has been postponed.
EVENTS WITH FRIENDS
In addition to sponsoring library programs (see the list at the bottom of this page for examples), the Friends run our own cultural, fundraising, and other events for community members.
Friends events include our Annual Book and Bake sale, our summer book sale, Cooking with Friends, Trivia Night, special Friends and Supporters events, and more.
Friends events enliven our community and raise funds for vital library programs. We invite you to join us!