Read with RISE


Why not read with RISE? The Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity has launched a virtual book club to connect neighbors through the pandemic and give them something to do.

According to RISE, the book club’s mission is “To expand members' personal literary experience by reading and discussing works that serve as inspiration for all generations of New York City residents to care for their environment and community. The book club provides a safe and welcoming social environment to develop a lifelong interest and appreciation for reading and learning.

The themes of each book selection coincide with RISE’s mission and include topics such as Environmental Conservation, Social Equity, Rockaway History, Sustainability and Urban Planning.

The second official Virtual Book Club meeting will take place on February 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The book of discussion for this meeting, in the theme of Social Equity, is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Pick up a copy and get to reading if you’d like to participate.

If you're interested in attending or have any questions about the club, please email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.