The Pulse of Reading: Belonging

Reading Public Library continues a series of conversations aimed at strengthening the heart of our community.

Does our community welcome people with different ideas, voices, and cultures? Are we willing to openly discuss tough issues like racism, discrimination, privilege, and prejudice? Be part of the conversation as we examine what’s at the heart of these issues and challenges. 

On Thursday, November 21 @ 7:00 pm, the Reading community is invited to the Reading Public Library for an in-depth discussion to create a positive and meaningful definition of what it means to be a welcoming community. Through safe and respectful dialogue, we will discover shared values and explore different perspectives from friends, neighbors, and town leaders while building trust and strengthening relationships along the way.

New and returning Pulse attendees, high school students, as well as any adults who live and work in Reading are welcome. Invite a friend or neighbor! Facilitated by the Reading Public Library, these gatherings give residents a voice in shaping the character and culture of our community. Interested in attending? Register at or call 781-944-0840.

For more details, or if you have questions regarding accessibility, please visit You may also contact the library at; include “Pulse of Reading” in your subject line.

The Pulse of Reading is an ongoing series of conversations open to all, designed to address the vitality or “heart” of our community. 

Using the World Café process (, these sessions are designed to bring diverse groups together to explore important questions that matter to them. Attendees can expect:

  • A safe and inclusive conversation experience that invites people to speak honestly from their point of view
  • Respectful and honest discussion with fellow residents about challenges and opportunities facing Reading
  • An opportunity to hear from others with different perspectives, as well as to identify shared values, passions, and concerns

The Reading Public Library is sponsoring this series to foster open and respectful conversations that recognize different perspectives, identify shared interests, and spark future networks to support our growing and changing community. Each session explores questions about the issues raised during the original 2018 Pulse of Reading conversation series.

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