Program features bestselling author Robin Wall Kimmerer in a virtual author talk in February 

Medford, Oregon (November 22, 2021)—Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) announces the second annual Rogue Reads program, encouraging everyone in Jackson County to read and discuss the same books. This year, Rogue Reads will feature titles related to the themes of indigeneity, community, and the environment, including: 

  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (Una trenza de hierba sagrada) by Robin Wall Kimmerer 
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline 
  • Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell 
  • We Are Water Protectors (Somos guardianes del agua) by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade.  

These books allow all participants, regardless of age, to explore the Rogue Reads themes while sharing conversations that build common ground. 

Rogue Reads takes place each winter, December through February. Jackson County residents are invited to take part by reading the featured books, joining in a book discussion or program, picking up a Rogue Reads-themed Take & Make kit, and attending a live, virtual author talk with award-winning author Robin Wall Kimmerer on Wednesday, February 23 at 5:00 p.m.  

“This year marks our second-annual Rogue Reads community reading program,” said Kari May, Library Director. “We are honoring, recognizing, and celebrating the indigenous peoples who have called the Rogue Valley home for centuries through a series of special programs for all ages. I hope that you will join us in celebrating the land and the people of Southern Oregon.” 

Borrow the selected books, download discussion guides, and register for programs at Participants can also earn prizes by tracking their reading on the Beanstack app. 

Rogue Reads is made possible with the support of the Jackson County Library Foundation, Jefferson Public Radio, 107.5 KISS FM, and The Valley 106.3 FM.