Just Us Reading

This group for adults and teens provides a forum for diving deeper into some of the social justice issues facing our communities, our country, and our world. Together, we will leave sound bites behind and consider various perspectives through reading, nuanced and respectful discussion, and the stories of others. Guest facilitated by Linda Strader.

Check out the club’s Facebook event, where you can interact with other readers and share content related to the books we’re reading.


This book club meets second Tuesdays at 6:30 pm at Chillicothe Public Library. Copies of each month’s book are available to check out at the library about a month in advance.

September 14–Refugee, by Alan Gratz

October 12–Just Us: An American Conversation, by Claudia Rankine

November 9–Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones

December 14–TBA

January 11–TBA

More about Just Us Reading

What is social justice, anyway?

Social justice is the “Fair treatment of all people in a society, including respect for the rights of minorities and equitable distribution of resources among members of a community.” (dictionary.com)

Why is this group valuable?

In our world of sound bites, social media, misinformation, and divided politics, it is important to engage in respectful conversation about complex topics, nurture empathy, and learn to see issues from a variety of perspectives, even if we don’t always agree.

What are some topics that might be explored?

Specific topics will partly be determined by the group. Here are some possibilities:



Drug Use Disorders




Gun violence

Health & health care




Indigenous People


Mental Illness



Sexual orientation/gender

Voting Rights