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Page to Screen Virtual Book Club

Page to Screen

Join the Library’s Project LIT Youngstown in amplifying and uplifting diverse voices outside of the classroom.

Each month we will spend 3 weeks reading and discussing a book from the Project LIT Community Book List before watching either a movie adaptation or a corresponding author video during the 4th week. Meetings will take place via Zoom on Thursdays at 4 P.M. Teens and adults can register for our Page to Screen virtual book club through our event calendar.

During the month of July, we will be reading and discussing The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and watching the The Hate U Give movie adaptation directed by George Tillman Jr. and starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Common, and Anthony Mackie. 


You can reserve a copy of The Hate U Give for curbside pickup by visiting the Library’s website or by calling, (330) 259-3399. You can also checkout The Hate U Give as an eBook or audiobook through our digital catalog in OverDrive.  


Reading and Meeting Schedule for ‘The Hate U Give’:

  •  July 9:
    • Part 1: When It Happens, Chapters 1 – 8
  •  July 16:
    • Part 1: When It Happens, Chapters 9 – 15
  • July 23:
    • Part 2: Five Weeks After It, Chapters 16 – 19
    • Part 3: Eight Weeks After It, Chapter 20
    • Part 4: Ten Weeks After It, Chapter 21
    • Part 5: Thirteen Weeks After It – The Decision, Chapters 22 26
  • July 30:
    • Watch party for The Hate U Give movie adaptation

In the The Hate U Give, sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is forced to balance the two lives that make up her world:  Starr from Garden Heights, the poor neighborhood where she lives, and Starr that attends Williamson High School, a fancy prep school in the suburbs. When Starr and her childhood best friend, Khalil are pulled over by a police officer, the situation escalates quickly when an unarmed Khalil is fatally shot, leaving Starr as the only witness. The fragile hold that Starr has on her two lives is shattered when Khalil’s death becomes a national headline, with some calling him a thug, and possibly a gang banger, while others protests and take to the streets, calling for justice. As the only witness, Starr is faced with the decision of whether she should speak-up or remain silent. Whatever Starr decides could upend her community while also putting her own life at risk.