Readmont | Community discussion of ‘Accountable’ by Dashka Slater on Mar. 6

The READMONT community event for this year’s selection “Accountable” by Dashka Slater will occur on March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Ambassador Christopher Stevens Library at Piedmont High School. 

The event, hosted by PHS librarian Kathryn Levenson and English department member Beth Black will feature a panel discussion with representatives from the Piedmont Police department, Wellness Center, and other community members.  

The award-winning and New York Times–bestselling author Dashka Slater has written a must-read book for our era that explores the real-world consequences of online choices.

We chose this book for its proximity; the events take place in Albany, California as well as its timely topic. Our panel will be discussing the legal, mental health, and moral issues associated with the students/ community’s choices in the story. 

Books are available for check out at each of the Piedmont school libraries, including the high school, middle school and three elementary schools. Again this year, our books are funded through a generous grant from the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC). A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair is, also, offering a 20% discount on this title. 

We hope this common reading experience will forge positive connections among students, staff, parents and community members as well as encourage reading as a medium of collaboration.

Beth Black will also facilitate student discussions on March 6 and 8 during Academy in room 32. Students may sign up for Beth Black’s academy to attend.  

Address questions to Kathryn Levenson, Teacher Librarian for Piedmont High School 510-594-2781, or Beth Black, PHS English Department member at

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