In that strange way that new years tend to begin, this one is off to a running start already which means that February is only weeks away and NOW is the time to plan what you’ll do for the African American Read-In.
During the month of February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African American Read-In. Hosting an event can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.
Over the past 25 years this event started by the Black Caucus of NCTE has reached more than 5.5 million participants.
Check out this page to learn more about how to start one, and check out these examples from Read-In events of the past. We’ll post more ideas and resources soon.
- Georgia Regents University
- University of Minnesota
- Penn State Altoona
- An Online Book Club / Blog
- A Public Library Event
- Reading Rockets (ideas for Black History Month but all very relevant for a Read-In)
For more more resources and ideas, visit the ReadWriteThink.org entry on the Read-In.