Checking in with the Mary Ann Key Book Club

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July 13, 2021

We hope you're able to join us for another season of the Mary Ann Key Book Club. Have a look at these resources while we prepare for the big announcement of our second title.

Message from the Library Director

"At Hennepin County Library, we are committed to our mission to nourish minds, while building community together in a way that has the potential to truly transform lives. And one thing we know is that book clubs like this one have the power to do just that!

By any measures, the inaugural season of the Mary Ann Key Book Club was undoubtedly a success. Thanks to Myron Medcalf, our library staff, and readers like you, we were able to reach out into a world with an infinite number of distractions and still have more than 1300 of you who responded to our call to join the conversation. Truly remarkable. I am humbled that you chose to join us on this journey - to grow in our understanding together, building and fostering more positive relationships in our community.

I’m excited to share that Myron Medcalf and library staff are finalizing plans for fall and we will announce our title selection in early August. More details about what you can expect from the fall program will soon follow. Thank you again for your continued participation."

- Chad Helton, Library Director


Resources for learning, action, and accountability

Mapping Prejudice

MPR News: How to be a white ally and practice anti-racism

National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking About Race 

Race Forward: What is systemic racism [videos]

Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation: Racial Equity Resources

TIME'S UP: Building an Anti-Racist Workplace


Local BIPOC organizations

Black Table Arts


More Than a Single Story 

Native Governance Center

The Southeast Asian Diaspora Project


Stay tuned for our fall book club

Hennepin County Library will be selecting and announcing the fall title for the Mary Ann Key Book Club later this month. Stay tuned for more information about the book and fall programs.


Catch the replay

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Didn't have a chance to join the spring live event? You can watch the discussion of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson at your convenience through August 2021.

Don’t forget to check out this list of books written by and recommended by our spring 2021 panelists.


Thank you, Friends.

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The Mary Ann Key Book Club receives generous financial support from Friends of the Hennepin County Library. Thanks to Friends members like you, the library offered expanded access to digital and print editions of Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. You can help expand access to more books, programs and resources, by supporting your library today. GIVE NOW


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The Star Tribune is a valued partner of the Mary Ann Key Book Club and has made Mr. Medcalf's book club columns available to all readers, no subscription required. Mr. Medcalf is leveraging his column to further engage our community on the truths of the past, our challenges in the present, and the possibilities of the future.

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