Welcome to C3!

Join the conversation, change your mind.

What is this?

C3 is a series of events–seminars, panels, book clubs, discussions–created to bring people together in community and conversation about racial and gender justice. It is a collaborative effort by the East Kingston Public Library, the Exeter Public Library, and the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library (Brentwood) in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. We have chosen discussion topics to encourage public discourse and sharing of ideas in a space free and open to all – your local libraries. As a free and open conversation series, C3 is designed outside of political attitudes or bias. If you want to learn, we welcome you to this series. It is geared toward all levels of understanding of race, gender, and trans identities. As always in the library, come as you are; we will meet you there.

Why the public libraries?

Libraries strive to inform, enrich and empower each person in the community by promoting access to a vast array of ideas and information. They serve as a community resource for lifelong learning, self-improvement, and self-expression, defending each individual’s right to access information in the interest of intellectual freedom. We work continually toward becoming a place where the community can meet its educational, informational and recreational needs, and we know many of our patrons are reckoning with massive and confusing shifts in their understanding of race, sex, and gender. We can help.

from Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney
“Five young trans people committed suicide in 2015” by Omer Yavin

What should you expect?

We have deliberately not called this series a “safe space” but rather a courageous one. It will take an open heart and curiosity to participate and learn along with us. There will be discomfort, and there will likely be pain as we awaken to the suffering of other human beings.

You are welcome to join us for as many or as few events as you like. We promise you will be changed by it, and we promise you support in your learning. We will teach you concrete ways you can help work for justice, and shifts you can make within yourself and among your family and friends.

“Anything dead coming back to life hurts.”

from Beloved, by Toni Morrison

Contact us: collaborating libraries

East Kingston Public Library
Exeter Public Library
Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library
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