Join Us for a Special Summer Reading Series!

Library District Executive Director Kelvin Watson will be our featured guest to close this summer-long event, spotlighting this thought-provoking novel.

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has teamed up with 100 Black Men of Las Vegas (100 BMLV) for a Summer Reading Series featuring the award-winning, New York Times Best-Selling novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Join Kelvin Watson for an introductory talk about the novel on June 15 from 3 - 5 p.m. at Sahara West Library. Light refreshments will be served

After the kickoff, the first event of the reading series will be led by members from the 100 Black Men of Las Vegas on June 29 at three of our Library District branches — West Las Vegas Library, Sahara West Library, and Centennial Hills Library (please see the full schedule of events below). 

To complement the reading series, we will also be hosting FREE screenings in July of the 2018 movie version of The Hate U Give starring Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, and Common. Then the series will conclude on Aug. 3 with a reading and discussion with Kelvin Watson, and you can ask your favorite library branch how to get your book club involved.


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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Published in 2017, The Hate U Give is author Angie Thomas’ debut novel, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The story revolves around the experience of 16-year-old Starr Carter, who moves between the two worlds of the poor neighborhood where she lives, and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. The book has won numerous awards including William C. Morris Award, Coretta Scott King Honor, the Michael L. Printz Honor Book, National Book Award Longlist, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Nominee.



“Libraries educate, entertain, and uplift their communities, serving as gathering places, where people feel comfortable sharing issues of concern. The Library District is pleased to kick off this new partnership with 100 Black Men Las Vegas with a special summer reading series featuring Angie Thomas’ powerful and gripping story. You will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by Ms. Thomas’ fascinating characters and share your own experiences.”

“For teens and adults who are participating in our annual Summer Challenge program, this is also a great way to achieve your reading and activity time. “Just visit our website to learn how you can qualify to win great prizes.” - Kelvin Watson



The Hate U Give
Summer Reading Series Discussion Schedule:


Series Kickoff & Community Conversation with Kelvin Watson

June 15 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Sahara West Library 
Library District Executive Director Kelvin Watson introduces the Summer Reading Series

Reading & Conversation with Members of the 100 Black Men of Las Vegas
June 29 at the following locations:
Centennial Hills Library from 3 – 4 p.m.
Sahara West Library from 3 – 4 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library from 3 – 4 p.m.

Reading & Conversation with Members of the 100 Black Men of Las Vegas
July 13 at the following locations:
Centennial Hills Library from 3 – 4 p.m.
Sahara West Library from 3 – 4 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library from 5 - 6 p.m.

Reading & Conversation with Members of the 100 Black Men of Las Vegas
July 27 at the following locations:
Centennial Hills Library from 3 – 4 p.m.
Sahara West Library from 3 – 4 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library from 3 – 4 p.m.

Series Finale with Library District Executive Director Kelvin Watson
Aug. 3 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at West Las Vegas Library    

FREE Movie Screenings of The Hate U Give:

This movie is rated PG-13.

July 6 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hills Library & Windmill Library                    

July 20 from 12 – 2:30 p.m. at Sahara West Library            

July 27 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at West Las Vegas Library

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