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Evanston Public Library and the Dajae Coleman Foundation plan to make this summer a time of reflection, learning and discussion about youth violence. They will jointly present four programs inspired by the book “How Long Will I Cry: Voices of Youth Violence,” an oral history of Chicago youth violence through the heartbreaking and hopeful stories of real people in their own words.
At the two community readings, members of the Dajae Coleman Foundation read excerpts from “How Long Will I Cry?” and discuss youth violence. One reading was held last weekend at Heartwood Center, 1818 Dempster St., and a second is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on July 25 at Sherman United Methodist Church, 2214 Ridge Ave.
On Aug. 9 the Library’s Loft teen theater troupe will present a staged reading of “How Long Will I Cry?” at 3 p.m. in the community meeting room of the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Shortly afterward, at 4:30 p.m. in the same room, the community is invited to a conversation with Cobe Williams, a violence interrupter with Cure Violence. He will discuss the Cure Violence approach to stopping the spread of violence.
Free copies of “How Long Will I Cry?” are available at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.; Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.; Church Street Barber Shop, 1905 Church St.; and Ebony Barber Shop, 1702 Dodge Ave.
DePaul University assistant professor Miles Harvey edited the book, which journalist Rick Kogan described as “a stunning, stay-with-you-forever new book,” and which Booklist Online said is “a book everyone should read.”
Those wishing to reserve seats for the August events may go to epl.org/teens or call the Loft at 847-448-8625.