Read Woke: Challenge for Teens

Join the Read Woke Challenge

Fayetteville Free Library, in partnership with the Onondaga Free Library, is participating in the national Read Woke Challenge! Inspired by founder Cicely Lewis, librarians at the FFL believe in the power of stories to help students learn more about the world around them and build a more empathetic and compassionate community. Read Woke highlights stories that help students become informed citizens and allies in the fight for racial equality and social justice.

Students in grades 6-12 can read books and win prizes. Participation details are as follows:

Keep in mind that Read Woke is an ongoing program. Start anytime and finish at your own pace! Prizes must be picked up in person at the Fayetteville Free Library or Onondaga Free Library.

What makes a book “Woke”?

Read Woke books must do the following:

  • 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.

Join the Conversation

Come to programs for chances to win more great prizes, meet new friends and get great Read Woke book recommendations. Check our events calendar for upcoming programs.