Westwood Reading Challenges

Westwood wants to challenge YOU to read! 

“Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.

I concluded that a Woke Book must:

• Challenge a social norm • Give voice to the voiceless • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised

• Seek to challenge the status quo • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group”

– Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

How the Challenge Works:
The challenge is open to grades K - 12th and adults of all ages. It started on November 1, 2020 and is ongoing.

There are 12 badges to complete to finish the challenge. Each badge features an underrepresented or oppressed group. To earn a badge you need to read a book that has a protagonist from the group and tell us what you learned.

To help find books, Westwood Librarians have put together booklists for each badge and for each age group (K-2, 3-5, 6-12, and adult) featuring books available at the library. These can be found on our Read Woke LibGuide.

Enjoy reading 1,000 books with your little ones! Log reading and earn badges all along the way.

You can log each book you read together and for every 5 books you earn a badge to help keep track of your 1000 books. Just for signing up, you will receive a welcome bag (reusable) with a book and some info on the initiative.

Kids and Teens

Kids and Teens in grades Kindergarten-12th are invited to participate in this Cozy Winter Challenge! Earn a raffle ticket for every hour read, as well as a few fun activities! Find the challenge on Beanstack here.

A grand prize basket will be available for both Kids and Teens, and feature everything that they need for a cozy reading session! 


Adults can participate in the Winter Reading Challenge by visiting either the Main Library or the Islington Branch Library! Pick up a book mark and either read a book and write a review or do a winter activity of your choice! Some suggestions are watch a movie, bake cookies, attend a library event, or you can make up your own! Simply fill out the bookmark and bring it back to enter. It's as simple as that! Each bookmark counts as one entry towards a cozy prize basket, and baskets will be available at both locations.