Read, Listen, Learn, and Dialogue Together

SPEAK is a lecture and discussion series that aims to bring in authors, thought leaders, and speakers each quarter. We hope to engage the youth of our community by bringing in at least one youth-oriented speaker per year.

Through the SPEAK initiative, EVPL hopes to further our vision of communities united through shared exploration and understanding by supporting and encouraging conversation. Empathy and compassion are grown through words, whether spoken or written.
SPEAK encourages our community to speak up and speak together.

The EVPL Foundation is our main sponsor for this series, but we hope you will consider giving to SPEAK.

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2018 Speaker Lineup

Dorothea Benton Frank

With a delightful cast of characters who all have something to hide and a lot to learn, By Invitation Only is a tale of two families, one struggling to do well, one well to do, and one young couple—the privileged daughter of Chicago’s crème de la crème and the son of hard-working Southern peach farmers. Dorothea Benton Frank takes readers on a whirlwind of a journey that explores what family means when it truly counts.

Garry Golden

Garry Golden is an academically trained Futurist who speaks and consults on issues shaping society in the 21st century.  He has consulted on wide range of projects related to the future of learning, social technologies and the implications of demographic transitions. Garry received his Masters degree from the University of Houston Futures Studies program (M.S.).


Kelsey Timmerman

Kelsey is the New York Times Bestselling author of WHERE AM I WEARING? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, People That Make Our Clothes and WHERE AM I EATING? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy, and his latest book WHERE AM I GIVING?.  Whether in print or in person he seeks to connect people around the world.


Jason Reynolds

Jason is a New York Times bestselling author, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. The American Booksellers Association’s 2017 spokesperson for Indies First, his many books include When I Was the Greatest, As Brave as You, and Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor.


Heather McNabb

Heather enjoys reading, coffee, music, and empowering others. She frequently says she's in the right job at the right time, and she is passionate about making sure that others feel the same way.
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