Tacoma Reads 2023 invites the community to explore the theme of Home: Housing Insecurity in our Community, through reading common titles and attending themed events for all ages. Join Tacoma Public Library and host City of Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards for a conversation with child welfare advocate and author David Ambroz. Ambroz’s book, A Place Called Home was chosen as the main Tacoma Reads title. Ambroz writes about growing up homeless in New York for eleven years and his subsequent years in foster care, offering a window into what so many kids living in poverty experience every day. Books available at King's Books and Parable or at the event. For the audiobook, click here. The event is free, but registration required.
David Ambroz is a national poverty and child welfare expert and advocate. He was recognized by President Obama as an American Champion of Change. He currently serves as the Head of Community Engagement (West) for Amazon. Previously he led Corporate Social Responsibility for Walt Disney Television, and served as the President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, and as a California Child Welfare Councilmember. After growing up homeless and then in foster care, he graduated from Vassar and later from UCLA School of Law (J.D.). He is a foster dad and lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Tacoma Reads is a city-wide reading program that seeks to unite the community in dialogue around contemporary themes through reading selected books and attending engaging programs. A longstanding partnership between the City of Tacoma’s Mayor’s Office and the Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma Reads is made possible through wide community support and collaboration.