This year's Hastings Reads theme is "All Are Welcome," in tune with the city's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative.

The two books chosen for elementary grades were "Wishtree" by Katherine Applegate and "Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun" by Maria Dismondy. The book chosen for middle school students is "Posted" by John David Anderson. The selection for high school students and adults is "Dear Martin" by Nic Stone.

Starting in February, a wide range of Hastings Reads events for all ages will be held around the community. Stone will visit Hastings High School and Hastings Art Center on Monday, Feb. 25. A list of events is available below.

Hastings Reads events

Doing Good Together: Empathy and Caring for Our Community and Beyond - 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, Tilden Community Center.

Panel Discussion - 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, Hastings Middle School auditorium.

LeDuc Book Club Discussion - 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, LeDuc Historic Estate.

Circle Conversations - Monday, Feb. 11, students should listen to announcements to learn how to participate, Hastings High School.

All Are Welcome Story Time - 10:30-11:15 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, Pleasant Hill Library (interim location in Westview Mall), ages 2-6.

Popcorn and a Movie - 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, Tilden Senior Center.

Book Discussion for HMS Students - 2:45-3:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, middle school library.

Book Discussion for "Dear Martin" - 2:45-3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, high school library.

History Movie Night at HMS - 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, HMS auditorium.

Family Event; 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, Hastings YMCA.

Author Visit: Nick Stone - 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, Hastings Art Center.

A book discussion time and date for students at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is still being determined.

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