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Tue, Apr 25

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Tumwater Timberland Library Meeting Room

TCI Book Club

TCI Book Club
TCI Book Club

Time & Location

Apr 25, 2023, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Tumwater Timberland Library Meeting Room, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater, WA 98501, USA

About the event

What can people learn about disability from books? What types of disabilities are portrayed in books? Who is writing books with disabled characters/themes? The TCI Book Club will discuss these larger societal questions through the context of books and participant’s own experiences. We will define disability broadly using the social model that says that disability is a highly contextualized and complex phenomena that occurs because of the interactions with one’s impairments. The format for this book club is that everyone will be invited to read a “disability-related book” of their choosing and share their thoughts. You can read all or part of a picture book, fiction, or nonfiction book (reading one chapter is fine!) in any format. Natalie Stagnone, TCI’s co-founder, executive director and a book enthusiast, will moderate the discussions. You can find a list of her favorite “disability-related books” on Thurston County Inclusion’s website. The goal of this book club is to engage in a larger conversation about how disability is discussed in books and form a small community of book-readers who are interested in disability.

Thurston County Inclusion has a small library of books to give out to participants, but many of our suggested books are also available in the Timberland Regional Library Catalog.

Location/Dates/Times: Last Tuesday of the Month from 4:30 - 5:30, rotating locations in Thurston County.

  • January 31st, 4:30 to 5:30 - Tumwater Timberland Library (Introduction)
  • February 28th, 4:30 to 5:30 - Lacey Timberland Library
  • March 28th, 4:30 to 5:30 - Olympia Timberland Library
  • April 25th, 4:30 to 5:30 - Tumwater Timberland Library

RSVP: No reservation is required. You do not have to come to every meeting nor read a specific book.

Who is invited?

Everyone is welcome! The book club is geared to anyone ages 16 and up.  This is a great book club for anyone who:

  • Has personal experiences relating to disability (parent of a child with a disability or person living with a disability)
  • Wants to learn more about disability and inclusion
  • Is seeking to find a community of people with similar interests
  • Enjoys reading!

What book do I need to read?

You can read any book that is "disability-related" (loosely defined). You can find a list of suggestions here. 

Accessibility:

We seek to create an accessible space where people are able to respectfully share their opinions. If you have accessibility needs to be able to participate in this book club, please reach out to Natalie and we will work with you to find a solution, email: natalie@thurstoncountyinclusion.org or text/call at (360) 329-2793.

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