“Our Stories” Reading Challenge Highlights Diverse Cultures

Your Library is holding a reading challenge for kids and adults in February called “Our Stories” that highlights diverse cultures and experiences. The challenge begins this Tuesday, February 1 and runs through Friday, February 25.

Our Stories focuses on underrepresented or marginalized groups’ stories, as well as the different ways those stories are told. You’ll read books written by diverse authors and attend Library events that highlight different cultures.


Like all our other reading challenges, you use our online portal Beanstack to keep track of what you read. You also use Beanstack to find Our Stories reading suggestions, write book reviews, and earn virtual badges.

Throughout February you can join us for events that highlight the art, music, oral traditions, and food from diverse cultures. You’ll get a taste of how different people groups tell their stories at a kids’ Brazilian cooking class, a bachata dance class for adults, and a Mexican art class. Click here to find our full calendar of events.

Your Library’s purpose in highlighting diverse stories is to encourage people to discover new perspectives and cultural practices that deepen their understanding of others.

Adult Services Manager Lisa Krekelberg explains that the concept of Our Stories fits well with the Library’s values. “We exist to serve everyone in Johnson City. By featuring works by diverse authors and celebrating the richness of cultural experiences in our area through food, art, music, and oral traditions, we hope that we can encourage positive dialogue and understanding. We want everyone in our community to feel welcomed and empowered by their Library.”

If you need help creating a child’s Beanstack account, call (423) 434-4458. Call (423) 434-4454 for help setting up an account for an adult. You don’t need to create a new Beanstack account if you’ve participated in our reading challenges before. Simply log in to Beanstack and you’ll see the option to sign up for Our Stories.

If you have questions about Our Stories, call (423) 434-4458 (kids) or (423) 434-4454 (adults). You can also reach us here. Follow Johnson City Public Library on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube for daily updates, reading suggestions, and info about Our Stories events.

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