Read Woke Challenge

Label on image reads "Read Woke"

Read Woke is a movement.  It is a feeling.  It is a style.  It is a form of education. It is a call to action;  it is our right as lifelong learners.  It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights.  Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.

– Cicely Lewis, founder of Read Woke 

The Challenge

Grow your wokeness and win prizes by reading outstanding books by diverse authors. Are you up for the challenge? 

When is it

February 1 to May 28 


Who can participate

Teens Ages 13+ 


What's a Woke Book 

  • Challenges a social norm  
  • Seeks to challenge the status quo  
  • Gives voice to the voiceless 
  • Provides information about a group that has been disenfranchised  
  • Has a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group 


How to Participate 

Participate by picking up a Read Woke Brochure at the Downtown Kelowna, Vernon or Salmon Arm library branches. 

Can't make it to one of these branches? Please email us for more options at

Complete Badges to win prizes

  1. The first 10 readers to complete 3 Badges gets a Read Woke T-Shirt!
  2. For every Badge get a draw ticket for a chance to win a book or other small prizes! 

How to Earn a Badge

  1. Read a book from one of the listed categories of books to read (below). 
  2. Write a review of it on the library website. You can also post a review on Tik Tok or Instagram with #orlbooktok 

Visit the Downtown Kelowna, Vernon or Salmon Arm library branches to get 1 Book Draw ticket for each Badge.  

If you are one of the first 10 people to finish 3 Badges you get a Read Woke T-Shirt and your name listed on this webpage as a superstar reader. 


  • Read Woke T-Shirts 
  • Books from the Read Woke booklists 
  • Other small prizes like rad stickers 


Winners will be announced on May 29! 


Online Events


Read Woke Book Discussions

Register Online | Last Friday of the month, February through May | 4:00 to 5:00 PM PT

Join the Read Woke Book Discussions on the last Friday of each month.  We will get together online and talk about what we read that month. 


Canadian Storyteller Ivan Coyote

A Reading by Ivan Coyote took place on April 14

We are so grateful for the opportunity we had to host one of Canada's best storytellers in April. Ivan Coyote is a wonderful writer, impressive performer, and an inspirational human being with a tremendous heart. Thank you to all who attended and we hope to have Coyote back in the future! 



Books to Read 

Check out these Read Woke ORL Booklists for suggestions on books to read in each category.

Asian Voices 

Black Voices 

Latinx Voices 

Indigenous Voices 

Poverty, Homelessness, Addiction 

LGBTQI2+ Voices 

Diverse Abilities 

Women’s Voices 


Social Injustice 


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