Community Read 2021

Join us in reading and discussing Octavia Butler’s Kindred, a timely, provocative read when it was first published in 1979—and now, in the aftermath of the recent Black Lives Matter movement in our country, even more so.

Can a novel shed light on the relationship between the past and the present, the legacy of slavery in America, and the power of one individual’s story? And can this novel, and our conversations about it, inform our choices going forward?

Those are some of the questions we’ll pose in our Community Read in January and February. Please join us and add your voice to our discussion.

Kindred is available in both its original form and as a graphic novel by Daiman Duffy, created in 2017. Free copies of both versions are available through the Public Libraries of Saginaw. (See below for locations and hours.)”


Thursday, January 28, 6:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday, February 10, 7-9 pm
Saturday, February 20, 10 am-noon
Tuesday, February 23, 1-3 pm


(be sure to include your email so we can send you the ZOOM link!)

Library Information: Curbside pick up starting on Thursday December 10, 2020

989 755-0904
505 Janes Avenue 48607
Monday – Thursday 9am–8pm
Friday & Saturday 9am–5pm

989 799-2771
3100 N. Center Road 48603
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9am–9pm
Wednesday Noon–9pm
Friday & Saturday 9am–5pm

The graphic novel, eAudiobook and an electronic study guide are available to download for anyone who has a Public Libraries of Saginaw library card.  Just go to and do a general search for Kindred Octavia Butler.  People who don’t have a library card are able to register for one online.

last updated December 8, 2020

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