Everybody Reads 2020 application for classroom participation

Cover of Everybody Reads 2020 book, There There, and photo of its author Tommy Orange
Multnomah County Library invites you to participate in Everybody Reads 2020, the library’s 18th annual community reading project, taking place January through March, 2020. The book selected is There There, by Tommy Orange. 

This novel follows the stories of twelve Native people as they travel to the Big Oakland Powwow, each for personal reasons. 

Portland has the 9th largest urban Native population in the U.S.; 78% of Indigenous, Native American and Alaska Native people live outside of reservations, and yet many Americans say they have never met a Native American. Reading and studying this book will provide students with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding about Native culture, history and identity. Orange said of his inspiration, "I just haven't seen reflected in literature or film anything resembling the kind of Indian I am, the kind of Indian from the city." 

Tommy Orange will speak on Thursday, March 5th, 2020, 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Thanks to the support of The Library Foundation, copies of There There will be provided to select 9th–12th grade students from around Multnomah County. Schools with the greatest educational and financial need will receive first consideration. Applicants who commit to reading and discussing the book during the project, January through March, 2020, will receive a classroom set of There There, with links to discussion guides and further reading. If your school has a book group or other group of students who would be interested in reading the book, they are also eligible to apply. We hope that offering this opportunity will support your efforts to meet the new Oregon Department of Education curriculum requirements of Tribal History/Shared History.

Students will also have the opportunity to attend for free, an author event presented in partnership with Literary Arts on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland. Funding support for student group transportation is available, courtesy of The Library Foundation

Applications must be received no later than October 11, 2019.

You must check all three boxes to apply.
You must check both boxes to apply.

If you have any questions about the classroom component of Everybody Reads 2020, please contact Alison Kastner by email or 503.988.5792.

To be considered, this form must be submitted no later than October 11, 2019.

Selected schools will be notified in December and will receive their book sets and discussion guides the first week of January 2020.

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Everybody Reads, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible in part by The Library Foundation with author appearance made possible by Literary Arts.