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Now in its third year, Hillsboro Reads aims to build a stronger community through reading and discussion. We believe that the community that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony. Hillsboro Reads continues to positively impact the community by increasing interactions based on a shared reading experience, celebrating reading for pleasure, and promoting intergenerational and cross-cultural discussion. Events surrounding The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore will start conversations on race, education, opportunity, and bias. At the same time, participants will discover ways to build stronger community ties through volunteerism—a message Moore is eager to promote throughout his book.

We have a full program of events, starting with a Keynote Address by author and poet Donovan Livingston on Saturday, September 30. Books can be checked out at your local library. Our headlining programs are below, but you can find the complete listing of events in the Hillsboro Reads guide.

Hillsboro Selects The Other by Wes Moore for Hillsboro Reads 2017 The Other Wes Moore book cover

The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.

The title selected for the third-annual Hillsboro community-wide reading event is The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore.

The goal of Hillsboro Reads is to foster a sense of community, celebrate reading for pleasure, and promote intergenerational discussion and connection. Stay tuned for events surrounding the themes presented in The Other Wes Moore in Autumn 2017.

Hillsboro Reads Events

Keynote Address: "Lift Off" by Donovan Livingston
September 30th, noon - 1 pm

Donovan Livingston is an award-winning educator, spoken word poet, and public speaker. In 2Photo of Donovan Livingston016, his Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral, reaching over thirteen million views and prompting Hillary Clinton to praise, “It’s young graduates like [Livingston] who make it clear that America’s best days are still ahead.” Since his pivotal speech, Livingston has been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, Good Morning America, and in news outlets across Europe, Australia, India, and South Africa. His convocation address was published as a book by Spiegel & Grau in 2017.

A believer in the enormous opportunities that education provides, Livingston inspires students, educators, and communities with his conviction that every child has the right to “lift off” and achieve their dreams. Drawing on personal experiences as well as scholarship, Livingston examines the legacy of social inequalities in America’s school system and encourages educational reform as a means to greater change. An impassioned and dynamic speaker, he incorporates creative elements into his lectures such as spoken word poetry and audience collaboration.


 Jorah LaFleur  Jason Graham

Slam Poetry Showcase
September 30th 1:30 - 3 pm

Join Jorah La Fleur and Jason Graham for an exciting taste of Slam Poetry. Donovan Livingston will also be performing his famous poem, “Lift Off.” Audience participation encouraged!



Spinning into Butter - A play by Bag and Baggage

September 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24. Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm. Vault Theatre, 350 E. Main St, Hillsboro.  Click here to find out more information about the play or to purchase tickets.


Closing Keynote: "Understanding Our  Implicit Bias: Who Me? Yes You." by Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D.
October 27, 6-7:30

Photo of Caprice HollinsOur society has encouraged colorblind ideology without taking into consideration the impact it has on people of color. While the intentions may be good, this approach to race, racism, and race relations doesn’t change the fact that in the 21st century race still matters significantly. Statements like “We are all human” and “I don’t notice race” are actually more likely to cause the very harm these well-intentioned statements, said by well-meaning people are trying to avoid. In her keynote, Dr. Hollins will discuss the research on implicit bias, propose alternative ways of thinking, and share strategies for mitigating the impact. Held at the Civic Center Auditorium.


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