Kirkland Reads, Creating Conversations, sponsored by KirklandSafe, is an all-city reads program designed to connect the community through inclusive and welcoming conversations. Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, is a true story of a team of high school students who break barriers and defy the odds to win an underwater robotics competition against the nation’s top universities, as told through the book, movie and documentary. Their story of ingenuity, perseverance and collaboration became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement and set the stage for STEM programs.
Spare Parts is the springboard for Kirkland residents, employees, and visitors to explore intersecting themes around the immigrant experience, friendship, achievement, competition, personal values, and equal opportunity.
KirklandSafe is a non-partisan citizen advocacy organization dedicated to assuring that Kirkland remains a safe, inclusive and welcoming city for all people. KirklandSafe advocates by partnering with the City, police, schools, libraries, neighborhood associations, and numerous other Kirkland non-profit and faith-based organizations and businesses.