Lafayette Reads Together returns with new book for 2021

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Posted at 5:29 AM, Jan 12, 2021

Lafayette Reads Together, the Lafayette Public Library's community-wide reading program, has selected its book for 2021.

Haben, The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law was chosen for the library's 7th annual Lafayette Reads Together program which was created to get community members reading, sharing and discussing the same book.

The book was written by disability rights lawyer, author, and speaker, Haben Girma. She has been listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 list, received the 2018 Hellen Keller Achievement Award, and was named a White House Champion of Change by former President Barack Obama.

The Lafayette Public Library says that free copies of the book will be available at all branches, donated by the Lafayette Public Library Foundation, beginning Tuesday, January 19.

The community read takes place January 19 through March 14 and will include book discussions and LRT-related programs for adults and teens online and throughout the community.

Lafayette Reads Together is sponsored by the Lafayette Public Library Foundation. Community partners include the Lafayette Parish School System, Lafayette Consolidated Government, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, Families Helping Families, United Way of Acadiana, LUS Fiber, Lafayette Utilities System, AOC Community Media, Addis NOLA, Basin Arts, Edith Garland Dupré Library, Hilliard Art Museum, and South Louisiana Community College.

For more information about Lafayette Reads Together and other library programs, visit