Join the VAHA Summer Book Discussion

Monday, May 23, 2022

A Message from Nardia Cumberbatch, Librarian

As the Valencia African Heritage Association (VAHA) continues our exploration of Black health and wellness, please join our Summer Book Discussion of “Monday’s Not Coming” by New York Times Bestselling Author Tiffany D. Jackson and select readings from “You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience and the Black Experience” edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown.

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Register Today

How to Access the Books:

– The first 25 registrants will receive copies of both books.

– Participants can access “You Are Your Best Thing” online from the Valencia College library, by logging in with your Atlas username and password.

– Participants can check out physical copies of “Monday’s Not Coming” from select campus libraries.

– Check out your local public library for additional copies:

  • Lake County Library System has physical copies of both titles and a copy of “Monday’s Not Coming” on CD.
  • Orange County Library System has audiobook and e-book copies of both titles.
  • Osceola Library System has audiobook copies of “You Are Your Best Thing” and e-book copies of both titles.
  • Seminole County Public Library System has audiobook copies of “Monday’s Not Coming” and e-book copies of both titles.

Student Scholarship Opportunity:
Participating students are eligible to take part in the “Good Trouble Scholarship” (named in honor of John Lewis) related to the discussion. We will award three recipients a scholarship of $310 each. Learn more about the scholarship requirements.

About the Books:
In “Monday’s Not Coming,” Tiffany D. Jackson tackles missing children, bullying, dyslexia, mental health, low-income housing, gentrification and media bias in this ripped-from-the-headlines novel. Learn more.

In “You Are Your Best Thing,” Burke, founder of the “me too.” Movement, and Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston, bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics and cultural figures to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching: vulnerability and shame resilience. Learn more.

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