Capital Area Reads 2019

Our Capital Area Reads project encourages communities to read and discuss a selected title, then meet the author.

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About the Book  

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban Book Cover.jpgprep 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. Capital-Area-Reads_logo .gifKhalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does, or does not, say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Meet the Author 

We are truly sorry for the inconvenience and hope you will consider joining us for our remaining Capital Area Reads events. There are two book discussions scheduled for April 20 at CADL South Lansing and April 23 at CADL Aurelius. We also have an America Divided Film Screening & Discussion that will take place on Monday, May 6 at CADL South Lansing

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. Her debut novel The Hate U Give was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly both called it required reading. Film rights were optioned by Fox 2000 and Temple Hill Productions and released October 19, 2018. Thomas released her second novel, On the Come Up in February.  

Thomas holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Thomas is a former teen rapper whose Angie-Thomas-credit-Anissa-Hidouk-438x400.jpggreatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. Author photo credit: Anissa Photography.

Book Discussions

CADL will host book discussions for adults at many of our branches.

Monday, March 4 • 1 p.m. .— CADL MASON

Tuesday, March 12 • 1 p.m.—CADL FOSTER

Tuesday, March 19 • 6:30 p.m.—CADL DANSVILLE

Wednesday, March 20 • 1 p.m.—CADL WILLIAMSTON

Thursday, March 28 • 6 p.m.—CADL SOUTH LANSING

Friday, March 29 • 12 p.m.—CADL STOCKBRIDGE

Wednesday, April 3 • 7 p.m.—CADL HASLETT

Thursday, April 4 • 12 p.m.—CADL OKEMOS

Thursday, April 4 • 1 p.m.—CADL FOSTER

Wednesday, April 10 • 1 p.m.—CADL LESLIE

Saturday, April 20 • 3 p.m.—CADL SOUTH LANSING

Tuesday, April 23 •  6 p.m. .— CADL AURELIUS

Companion Guide

Our selection specialists have compiled a list of recommended books and movies that explore similar themes.

View it here


Special Events  

These special events relate to the themes explored in The Hate U Give. Most seating is on a first-come basis; those marked with an asterisk require registration. 


The Green Book—Driving Through the Jim Crow Era (Teens & Adults)

The Gilmore Car Museum presents the true story behind the Green Book, a guide that helped black travelers find safe and welcoming accommodations and restaurants during the height of segregation.

Tuesday, March 12 • 2 p.m.—CADL AURELIUS

Tuesday, March 12 • 6:30 p.m.—CADL DOWNTOWN LANSING

Tuesday, March 26 • 6:30 p.m.—CADL STOCKBRIDGE


America Divided Film Screening & Discussion (Teens & Adults)

See the film and join a discussion of The Class Divide, a documentary that explores racism and systemic inequality in education. Hosted by Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation of Metro Lansing (a Kellogg Foundation project).

Monday, March 18 • 2 p.m.—*CADL MASON (*Registration required; 517-676-9088 or

Monday, April 1 • 6:30 p.m.—CADL DOWNTOWN LANSING

Monday, May 6 • 6 p.m.—CADL SOUTH LANSING          


Photo I-496_lansing.jpgRedlining —496 & Lansing’s African American Community (Teens & Adults)

MSU Professor John Aerni-Flessner will tell the stories of homeowners affected by “urban renewal” and the process of redlining in Lansing, focusing on the construction of Interstate 496 from 1963–1970.  

Saturday, March 23 • 2 p.m.—CADL SOUTH LANSING


African American Genealogy (Teens & Adults)

Researching African-American ancestry can be a tremendous struggle but also very rewarding. Get helpful resources, tips, and pitfalls to avoid.

Saturday, April 6 • 2 p.m.—CADL DOWNTOWN LANSING


Malcolm X in Greater Lansing (Teens & Adults)

Michigan State Professor John Aerni-Flessner will discuss Malcolm X’s early life in Michigan and the impact it had on his beliefs.

Wednesday, April 10 • 7 p.m.—CADL DOWNTOWN LANSING


61syx—A Hip-hop Dance Presentation (All ages)

Dance troupe 61syx will be here to perform and then teach some cool hip-hop moves.

Saturday, April 13 • 11 a.m. — CADL WILLIAMSTON

Saturday, April 13 • 1 p.m.—CADL DOWNTOWN LANSING

Saturday, April 13 • 3 p.m.—CADL OKEMOS

Check out special events offered by Delta Township District Library.  


The critically-acclaimed film based on the book is rated PG-13 for mature themes, violence and language. The running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, with seating on a first-come basis.

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Saturday, March 16 • 3:30 p.m.—CADL DOWNTOWN LANSING

Sunday, March 17 • 2 p.m.—CADL OKEMOS (Teens only; followed by discussion)

Thursday, March 21 • 6:30 p.m.—CADL OKEMOS

Monday, March 25 • 3:30 p.m.—CADL WILLIAMSTON (Teens only)

Thursday, April 11 • 5:30 p.m.—CADL DANSVILLE






Capital Area Reads



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CADL Senior Associate Director of Public Service

Jolee Hamlin

CADL Associate Director of Collection Services

Thais Rousseau

CADL Adult Selection Specialist

Jessica Trotter

CADL Adult Selection Specialist

Sherri McConnell

CADL Youth Services Specialist

Marisela Garza

CADL Public Services Librarian

Eric Stanton

CADL Marketing Director

Trenton Smiley

DTDL Adult Services Librarian

Tom Moore