Our annual community-wide reading and book discussion initiative returns this spring with Natalie Moore's personal and important narrative,The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation. Ms. Moore will be visiting Brookfield to discuss her book and much more on Sunday, June 2, at the Brookfield Zoo. Please register to ensure admittance into the Zoo. Check out additional Brookfield Reads! events below.

Copies of The South Side will be available at the Library Check Out Desk and may be requested online through SWAN. Electronic copies (ebooks and eaudio) are also available via MyMediaMall. Also, be sure to check out the Brookfield Reads! resource guide to learn more about The South Side and other related titles and events. Do you have a topic or book suggestion for next year? Please use the Brookfield Reads Suggestion Form to submit your suggestion.

Book cover of the South Side with its author, Natalie Moore, leaning against it.‚Äč


Brookfield Reads! Events

Please note that registration is required for these events. To register for an event, click on the event title to get to the registration page.

Field Trip: Columbia College - Folded Map Art Exhibit 
Friday, May 10, 12:00 p.m.

Explore and reflect on the impact of Chicago segregation through the Folded Map exhibit by photographer and Englewood activist, Tonika Johnson. The exhibit is held at Columbia College's Museum of Contemporary Photography. Admission is free, and transportation will be provided to the first 13 people that sign up.

The South Side Book Discussion 
Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.

Join us as we discuss this year's Brookfield Reads! selection, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.

The Great Migration and the Great War: Conflict Fuels Progress
Monday, May 20, 7 p.m.

As the African American population gravitated towards work and away from Jim Crow, a series of complex problems presented themselves that would fuel tremendous social change.

The South Side Book Discussion 
Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m.
Meets at Zubar and Grill

Come join the conversation with the Non-Fiction Book Discussion group as they discuss The South Side. Please note that the group meets at Zubar and Grill.

Virtual Reality: Chicago Neighborhoods
Thursday, May 30, 7 p.m.

Explore the Chicago neighborhoods, Little Village and Pilsen using the Library's virtual reality set. If time permits we will explore other themes.

BROOKFIELD READS! Finale Author Event: Natalie Moore
Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m.
Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center

This year's Brookfield Reads Finale features award-winning journalist, Natalie Moore. Ms. Moore will discuss her book and take questions from the crowd. The event will be held at the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center. Please register in order to gain admittance to the event.

The Folded Map Project
Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m.

The story of Chicago is a tale of two cities. It is both the booming metropolis with world-class institutions and strong neighborhoods, but is also struggling with segregation and racial inequity. Tonika Johnson's project, Folded Map, compares the mirror points of Chicago through photographs as well as having residents from those communities meet each other on video.

Do you have a topic or book suggestion for next year? Please use the Brookfield Reads Suggestion Form to submit your suggestion.