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Events to Celebrate the African American Read-In

February is here, and with it, the African American Read-In. Established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, the National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature.

Every year, 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. Learn more about hosting your own event here.

Looking for an event near you? Check out our event list below. If you’re hosting an event that you’d like to share, submit your event here. Make sure to share photos on social media using #AARI18.

 

Alabama

 

African American Read-In: Books, Poetry and Song
Toulminville Library Branch, Mobile, Alabama
Monday, February 5, 2018 // 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come out and join our special guests and community partners as we celebrate Black Heritage in reading, poetry, storytelling and songs.

African American Read-In
Troy University Library, Troy, AL
February 16, 2018 // 11:30 a.m.

The Troy University Library will host an open mic read-in of African American literature on Feb. 16 as part of a series of events for Black History Month. The reading time is a maximum of three minutes, and the work has to be written by an African American author. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., and attendees are welcome to bring a light, brown-bag lunch.

African American Read-In
Troy Public Library, Troy, AL
February 12-15 and 20-22 // 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Troy Council of Teachers of English of Troy University will be at the Troy Public Library participating in the after-school program, supporting literacy, reading to children, and being read to by children. We shall draw upon the library’s excellent collection of literature by African American writers and illustrators.

African American Read-In continues at Troy Public Library

Judson to host 7th annual African-American Read-In
Judson College Alumnae Auditorium, Marion, AL
Thursday, February 22, 2018 // 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Judson College will host its 7th annual African-American Read-In. For more information about Judson’s Read-In, contact Dr. Stacey Parham, Assistant Professor of English, at 334-683-5201 or sparham@judson.edu.

 

Arizona

 

3rd Annual African American Read-In
Chandler Hamilton Library, Chandler, AZ
Saturday, February 10, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the life and work of Langston Hughes. Poet, Novelist, Playwright – Hughes was the voice of the Harlem Renaissance. Local actor and director Mike Traylor will bring Hughes’ words to life.

 

Arkansas

 

African American Read-In
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR
Thursday, February 15, 2018 // 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

HSU Black Student Association is hosting an African American Read-In Thursday, February 15 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on the quad.

African American Read-In
El Dorado Conference Center, 311 S West Ave, El Dorado, AR
Tuesday, February 13, 12:15 p.m. 

South Arkansas Community College will continue its African American Heritage Week celebration with the African American Read-In.

 

California

 

African American Read-In
Laney Library, Laney College, 900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 // 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African American Read-In
The Grind, College of the Sequoias, Tulare, CA
February 12, 2018 // 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate Black History Month! Sponsored by the LRC & Giant Book Club, join us for an African American Read-In on February 12 at The Grind from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Speakers include faculty member Jamie Moore and Spoken Word Artist Jaie-Noelle Pearl.

9th Annual African American Read-In
Bakersfield Senior Center, Bakersfield, CA
Sunday, February 18, 2018 // 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

African American Read-In
Los Angeles Harbor College Library, Wilmington, California
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 // 1:00 p.m.

In celebration of Black History Month, you are cordially invited to join the Black History Month Committee in conjunction with the Cultural Equity work group for the 4th Annual African American Read-In to be held on Wednesday, February 21 at 1:00 PM in the library, 2nd floor. Come join in the celebration through literature!

African American Read-In
Curriculum Lab, Barkley Annex Building, Room 38, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 // 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In honor of Black History Month, the Curriculum Lab will be hosting an African American Read-In. Come join us and share the words of your favorite African American author(s) or come and listen. This event is open to all University of La Verne students, faculty, and staff. For more information, please contact the Curriculum Lab (909) 448-4359.

 

Connecticut

 

Black History Month Poetry Poetry Read-In
Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House, East Haddam, CT
Sunday, February 25, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This event, which will open the 2018 Together We Rise CT Poetry Series, celebrates Black History Month, and is part of the National African American Read-In sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English.  Participants are encouraged to bring favorite poems by African American poets to read, read from the selection of works by African American poets that will be available at the Read-In, or just come and support this important event. For more information: TOGETHERWERISECT.COM, or contact Mark at Two Wrasslin’ Cats 860-891-8446, Janine Broe at jrfreeland1@yahoo.com, or Edwina Trentham at 860-873-1472 The reading is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

 

Delaware

 

2nd Annual African American Read-In
Wilmington Monthly Meeting of Friends, Wilmington, Delaware
Sunday, February 4, 2018 // 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Come and meet local authors, enjoy light refreshments, do some reading, even read one of your own pieces, at the 2nd annual African American Read-In, hosted by Wilmington Friends Meeting at 4th and West Streets in downtown Wilmington. A free event hosted by Stellar Associates Tutoring, with plenty of free off-street parking. Share this with a friend!

3rd Annual African American Read-In
University of Delaware, Morris Library-1941 Classroom, Newark, DE
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 // 4:30 p.m.

The Department of English and the Morris Library will host UD’s 3rd annual African American Read-In. Readers from UD and the larger Newark community will share some of their original work and works by their favorite African American authors.  This event is open to the public and open to all ages. Registration for readers is not required but is appreciated. To register to read, please email your name and the name of the piece you plan to read to Prof. Délice Williams in the Department of English at diwill@UDel.edu.

CELEBRATING THE WORKS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITERS

 

Florida


Citrus County 11th Annual African American Read-In
CF Citrus County Campus, Lecanto, Florida
Sunday, February 25, 2018 // 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come and enjoy listening to classic and contemporary examples of African American writing performed live by your neighbors including many talented actors, writers and speakers, adult and youth. Spirituals and traditional folktales, drama and comedy, picture books, poetry and prayer will all be represented.

The Library@GCHS
Glades Central High School, Belle Glade, Florida
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 // 11:15 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

For the second year in a row, The Library@GCHS (Glades Central High School) is celebrating the African American Read-In. During both student lunches, peers will be reading excerpts from various works. The presentation will include brief biographical information on the authors. There may also be a Google Hangout with another participating school in our district.

Volunteers Needed: African American Read-In
Various schools, Miami, Florida
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association and Miami Dade College – Entrepreneurial Education Center (EEC) are looking for readers to visit local pre-schools and elementary schools to read a children’s book. The EEC will coordinate the schools and provide the books, which will be waiting at the schools. Please sign up by January 27, 2018 to receive a school assignment. Add in the comments section if you have a geographical preference. Thanks for participating!

African American Read-In Ocklawaha Marion Forest Public Library
777 S. Highway 314A, Ocklawaha, FL
Thursday, February 1, 2018 // 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate a rich heritage in literature, film, music and art at the 28th National African American Read-In. Readers, performers and listeners of all ages are welcome. Contact the library if you are interested in performing or reading.

African American Read-In Miami Dade College North Campus
11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL
Monday, February 5, 2018 // 10:00 a.m.

The African American Read-In takes place at Miami Dade College’s North Campus during the first week of February. The goal is to make literacy, education, and community a significant part of Black History Month. 2018 keynote address given by Dr. Kalfani Turè of Yale University. This event is open to high school and college students, as well as, local community members.

African American Read-In
Orlando Public Library, Orlando, FL
Sunday, February 11, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate African American literature in poetry, story, and song, performed by local luminaries in conjunction with the 28th Annual National African American Read-In. This event is free and open to the public.

African American Read-In
Forest Public Library, 905 S. County Road 314A, Ocklawaha, FL
Thursday, February 1, 2018 // 4:00 p.m.

Dunnellon Public Library, 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon, FL
Thursday, February 1,2018 //  5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate a rich heritage in literature, film, music and art at the 28th National African American Read-In! Readers, performers and listeners of all ages are welcome. Contact the library if you are interested in performing or reading.

Volunteers Needed: African American Read-In
Potter Elementary School, Tampa, FL
Friday, February 16, 2018 // 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We are looking for community volunteers (parents, grandparents, churches, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, etc. of all races) to assist us with the African American Read-In. Volunteers will be reading to our students ages 3 to 12 years old. If you or your organization are interested in participating, please contact Ericka Delismé at ericka.delisme@sdhc.k12.fl.us or 813-276-5564 ext. 221 by February 9 with your available time frame and grade level preference.

Third Annual African American Read-In
Evans Library on the campus at Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL
Friday, February 9, 2018 // 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Students, facultym and staff from the university will perform the works of African American authors and musicians. Enjoy refreshments, too. Admission is free. For more information, call 321-674-7450.

African American Read-In
City of Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E. Dakin Avenue, Kissimmee, Florida 34741
Saturday, February 10, 2018 // 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In honor of Black History Month, Join Kissimmee City Commissioners, Osceola County educators, local authors, and students for the 6th annual African American Read-In. This year’s theme is Voices of Peace. All are welcome to share their love of reading and the arts.

African American Read-In
LeRoy Collins Main Library, Leon County, 200 W Park Ave, Tallahassee, FL
Sunday, February 11, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The event promotes diversity in literature and shines light on African American authors. Attendees can visit break-out sessions featuring young adult, literature, fiction and non-fiction and urban fiction genres. Selections to be highlighted include poems, fiction and nonfiction books, song lyrics, plays and speeches. Attendees are encouraged to join the discussions about the impact of African American literature while sharing favorites and impressions. The event will also feature a children’s corner for young patrons to hear classic children’s books by African American authors.

Local read-in celebrates black culture

African American Read-In 
Belle Terre Elementary, 5545 Belle Terre Pkwy, Palm Coast, FL
Thursday, February 22, 2018 // 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Volunteer readers, you’re wanted: The goal is to make literacy a significant, exciting and relevant part of African American History Month. The school is seeking many volunteers to read to classes, with each volunteer assigned to one class, and all classes from kindergarten through sixth grade slated to get a reader. The books will be provided, and will be selected works by black authors. (See the account of last year’s Read-In here.) After the read-aloud, readers are asked to spend time discussing her or his profession and accomplishments with students.If you are interested in participating, please contact LaToya Lockhart (lockhartl@flaglerschools.com) or Priscilla Campbell (campbellp@flaglerschools.com) by February 12.

African American Read-In
Fort McCoy Public Library, 14660 NE County Road 315, Fort McCoy, FL
Monday, February 12, 2018 //1:00 p.m.

Literature, film, music, and art; readers, performers and listeners of all ages welcome

An AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN event!
Ybor Room, Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus, Tampa, FL
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 // Reading at 12:00 p.m.; Discussion at 12:30 p.m.

Brace yourself* for a reading and discussion of Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal” from his powerful 1952 novel Invisible Man! (Read it at Genius.com.) Ask your instructors if you can get extra credit for participating! Co-hosted by Jana Bielecki, Lee Koratich, and Joseph Luc. *Contains strong language and violence

28th Annual African American Read-In
Sealey Elementary, Tallahassee, FL
Thursday, February 15, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Members of the 100 Black Men of America and Beta Lambda Sigma Alumni Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma will be reading. Coordinated by Lenita J. Joe, Retired Educator

African American Read-In held at Leon County library

African American Poetry Read-In
Freedom Public Library, 5870 SW 95th St., Ocala
Thursday, February 15, 5:00 p.m.

Free. Call 438-2580. Literature, film, music and art; readers, performers and listeners of all ages welcome.

African American Read-In
Headquarters-Ocala Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala
Sunday, February 18, 1:00 p.m.

Free. Call 671-8551. Literature, film, music and art.

African American Read-In
Reddick Public Library, 15150 NW Gainesville Road, Reddick
Tuesday, February 20, 1 p.m.

Free. Call 438-2566. Literature, film, music and art.

11th annual African American Read-In hosted by Central Florid

Notable women from FAMU, FSU to share inspiring stories

Georgia

 

African American Read In
Fred A. Toomer Elementary School, Atlanta, GA
Wednesday February 28, 2018 // 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Parents and community members are invited to come to into our classrooms to read aloud #ownvoices books to kindergarten through fifth grade.

African American Read In
Maxwell Theatre, 2500 Walton Way, August, GA
Monday, February 12, 2018 // 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. Augusta University will participate in this event as volunteers and professionals read literature written by African Americans.

National African American Read-In Day
Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
Thursday, February 1, 2018 // All day

Touting this year’s theme of “Celebrating the Dynamics of Cultures and Shared Experiences,” the 2018 SBHF kicks off Feb. 1 at Savannah State University with a day of recognition of Richard R. Wright, the historic black college’s first president and a former slave. SSU students will read speeches by Wright on WHCJ-FM 90.3 as part of the National African American Read-In Day, sponsored by the university’s Wright Choice Mentoring Initiative.

African American Read-In
Georgia College & State University, Ina Dillard Russell Library, Milledgeville, Georgia
Thursday, February 15, 2018 // 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Here at GC we have envisioned something of an “open mic” style in which participants will read/perform/recite a 5-7 minute selection by their favorite author. Selections may include poetry, dramatic monologues, fiction or creative non-fiction. If you don’t have time to make a selection in advance, we will have a “grab-n-go” cart of popular favorites available at the event.

 

Illinois

 

The 29th African American Read-In, hosted by Dr. Muhammad at Governors State University
Governors State University, 1 University Parkway D1490, University Park, IL 
Monday, February 26, 2018 // 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Hall of Honors

To register as an AARI reader and/or author please email Dr. Rashidah J. Muhammad at rmuhammad@govst.edu.

Black Writers Read In
Centennial High School, Champaign, IL
February 15, 2018

The students will read poems by Black authors hoping to educate our community about Black Culture to lead to greater appreciation and humanity. This year the material will fit under the theme of Poetic Justice. For the second year in a row, the Black Writers Read-In will be held in the Aldridge Auditorium and open to students, staff, and family connected to Centennial High School.

Annual African American Read-In
College of DuPage Library, Room 3100, Glen Ellyn, IL
Thursday, February 7, 2018 // 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A national literacy initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English, the African American Read-In will feature volunteer readers from across the campus community presenting their favorite selections from African American books, essays and poetry collections, as well as brief biological sketches of the authors.

Read-In
Elgin Community College, Building C, Room C120; Elgin, IL
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 // 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Listen as various students and community readers share selected works from African American writers. Music and refreshments will be available.

Volunteers Needed: District 89 African American Read-In
District 89 elementary schools, Proviso Township, IL
February 20 – February 23 // Time varies according to schedule and availability

AKB Events, the lead organizer for this local Read-In, is looking for volunteers — community leaders, political officials, policemen, firemen, business owners, parents, education advocates and other professionals — who would be willing to read stories published by African American authors to second- and third-graders in District 89. To participate, or for more info about this initiative, please contact Kamily Brady, the owner of AKB Events, at kamil.brady@akbevents.net. Volunteers may be subject to screening.

African American Read-In
Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library, Lynwood, IL
February 1 – February 28

Our library has a rich and diverse collection of books written by African American authors. Stop in to obtain a selection from our display or read a favorite from your own collection. Record the titles read on the family log sheet and return the completed sheet by Saturday, March 3 for a chance to win a special prize. All ages.

African American Read-In at Douglass Branch Library
Douglass Branch Library, Champaign, IL
Monday, February 19, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Readers of all ages are invited to join us at the Douglass Branch Library to read and share books by African American authors. Choose from our selection of titles or bring a favorite of your own. All ages are welcome.

9th Annual African-American Read-In
Neuqua Valley High School in the LMC, Naperville, IL
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 // 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

African American Read-In
Governors State University, Hall of Honors, University Park, IL
Monday, February 26, 2018 // 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join over a million readers from all backgrounds in celebration of literacy and Black History Month! Select an excerpt to read from a book, poem, or other literary work written by an African American author. Please contact rmuhammad@govst.edu or 708-534- 6974 to sign up as a reader.

 

Indiana

 

Indiana University Bloomington 16th Annual “African American Read-In” 
Indiana University, Neal-Marshall Grand Hall, Bloomington, IN
Monday, February 5, 2018 // 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This popular staple of IU’s Black History Month celebration, organized by the School of Education, brings together students to read African American poetry, book passages, and their own work.

African American Read-In
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Main Branch, 220 N. Union St., Kokomo, IN
Saturday, February 3, 2018 // 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Children of all ages will enjoy the celebration of diversity in children’s literature at the Main Branch. The Kokomo Area Reading Council will feature an African American author or illustrator in crafts, activities, and readings.

African American Read-In 
Carnegie Center for Art & History, 201 E Spring St, New Albany, IN 
Saturday, February 24, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

We are inviting middle school, high school, and college students to read aloud a selection by an African American author during this event, and members of the public are invited to read aloud as well. Selections should be no more than a few minutes long and need not be memorized. Selections should be kept family-appropriate, as this is an all-ages event. If you are interested in reading aloud during the African American Read-In, please contact Al Gorman at the Carnegie Center at 812-944-7336 or agorman@carnegiecenter.org.

African American Read-In
Ivy Tech-North Campus, Student Life Center Commons, Fort Wayne, IN
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 // 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Employees and students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will honor famous black authors and playwrights by reading their works at the African-American Read-In. Food will be available. The read-in is part of the Campus’ Black History Month celebrations.

 

Iowa

 

African American Children and Families Conference (featuring a Read-In)
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Thursday, February 22, 2018 // 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Culturally relevant speakers, workshops and open conversations will highlight this year’s conference. Lessons learned from the past will make this conference a positive, cultural and educational sharing of ideas and experiences for attendees. Our theme this year is “Pass It On: Lessons Learned from Our Ancestors.”

African American Read-in
Maucker Union and Rod Library, 1227 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, IA
Thursday, February 22, 2018 // 9:30 am to 1:30 pm  

Speakers: Dr. Tiffany Flowers and Don Tate

 

Kentucky

 

African American History Read-In
Newburg Library, Louisville, KY
Saturday, February 3, 2018 // 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come and join us for student presentations from the community.

African American Read-In
Jefferson Community and Technical College Library, Louisville, KY
Monday, February 5, 2018 // 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

At Jefferson we host a Read-In in the Downtown Campus library. Bring a book you’d like to read from, or grab something from our display. Professor David Cooper is the organizer. Come to the library to celebrate black authors during Black History Month.

African American Read-In
University of Louisville, Ekstrom Library – east side lobby, Louisville, KY
Thursday, February 15, 2018 // 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The University Libraries celebrates Black History Month with the annual African American Read-In. Faculty, staff, students, and community participants will read aloud from books by their favorite African American authors. Free books go to readers, and drawings will be held for further book giveaways. To schedule time to read, please contact Joan D’Antoni (502) 852-6857 joan.dantoni@louisville.edu.

African American Read-In
Morehead State University Library, 1st Floor Commons, Morehead, KY
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 // 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

4th Annual African American Read-In
Shively Library, Shively, Kentucky
Monday, February 26, 2018 // 6:45 p.m.

Join us for an evening of dramatic readings and performances of works by African American artists and thinkers, presented by members of Louisville’s creative community. Families encouraged to attend. All ages.

African American Read-InCarnegie Center, 201 E. Spring St., New Albany, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Students will read selections by African-American authors. Those interested in reading, contact Al Gorman, 812-944-7336.

SKYCTC lifts up African American voices with literary read-in event

Louisiana

 

African American Read In
EBR Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace Street, Baton Rouge, LA
Thursday, February 8, 2018 // 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Poems and stories by African American authors will be shared. Youngsters ages 5-11 may sign-up to read something during the program. Refreshments will be served. Call (225) 389-7440 to register.

African American Read-In
East Carroll Parish Library, Tallulah, LA
Friday, February 9, 2018 // 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Rosie Harvey McDaniel, host of the East Carroll Parish Library event, has chosen “Witness to the Truth” written by Cleo Scott Brown, a former resident of the town. Participants are asked to read the book and share with their thoughts and comments. Cleo Scott Brown will be on hand to read excerpts from her book.

African American Read-In
Eden Park Branch Library,  5131 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge, LA
Sunday, February 18, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Families, children, teens and adults are invited to participate by reading aloud a poem or excerpt from the library’s collection. To sign up as a reader, call (225) 231-3260.

Maine

African American Read-In
South Portland High School, South Portland, Maine
February 1-28, 2018

All-school challenge for the 2018 African American Read-In:

  • Students and staff will be reading books by African American authors
  • Students and staff will sign up at a display in the Learning Commons so others can see what books everyone is reading
  • Staff members will have access to a calendar with content that features different authors each day for the month of February
  • Content-area teachers will have access to a list of reading and viewing sources for their classrooms and home base

Husson University 6th Annual African American Read-In
Husson University, Peabody Hall – Campus Center Fireplace, Bangor, Maine
February 28,  2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Come and Read! Come and Listen! Join us by the fireplace for a time of fellowship and learning.  Sponsored by the United Student Association and the Office of the Chaplain

 

Maryland

 

African American Read-In: A Community Celebration of African American Authors
Kent County Public Library, Chestertown Branch, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD
Saturday,  // 10:00 a.m.

Join us for a community celebration of African American authors! All ages are welcome.

4th Annual African American Read-In
Carroll Arts Center, Westminster, MD
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 // 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The 4th Annual Carroll County African American Read-In will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, located at 91 West Main Street in Westminster, Maryland, with a snow date of Tuesday, February 13. All CCPS high schools, as well as students from Silver Oak Academy, will be participating. The Read-In is sponsored by Carroll County Public Schools, Carroll County Public Library, the Carroll County Arts Council, and the Carroll County Branch of the NAACP.  The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. A reception with jazz music will be held from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Readings and performances of African American literature will be presented from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

African American Read-In for Grades 6-12
Urbana Regional Library, Frederick, MD
Thursday, February 22, 2018 // 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Students in grades 6-12 will share passages from prose or poetry written by African American authors in an open mic format. The evening will be headlined by Baltimore Hip Hop artist J-Fuze who will perform at the beginning of the evening.

 

Massachusetts

 

Worcester State University African American Read-In 
May Street Building, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 // 10:30 a.m. 

Worcester State University cordially invites you to African American Read-In Day with WSU alumna Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW, LICSW .This event is free and open to the public.

29th annual African American Read-in
LARTS Atrium, first floor, UMass Dartmouth campus,  North Dartmouth, MA
11 a.m.

Read passages from your favorite African American authors, writers, poets, spoken-word artists, and singers or perform an original piece. Each reading need be no longer than five minutes per reader. Stop by the Frederick Douglass Unity House or and the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement to complete a registration form; all forms due by Feb. 9. Contact 508-999-9222.

African American Read-In
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Bookstore, Worcester, MA
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 // 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As WPI celebrates Black History Month in February the Campus Center invites all members of the WPI community to participate in the African American Read-in on Monday, February 20 from 4-5 pm in the WPI bookstore. Come join us whether you choose to do a reading or listen to others share excerpts from literature and poetry by African American authors. Feel free to share your own individual pieces as well in celebration of Black History Month. Light refreshments will be served.

Ben Herrington: Praises African-American Read-In in Amherst

Michigan

 

African American Read-In Book Discussions
Farmington Branch – Liberty Street, Farmington, MI

Kids Book Discussion
Thursday, February 1, 2018 // 6:30 p.m. to 7:30pm

Celebrate Black History Month by joining other kids in grades K-6 to learn about and discuss past and present African American children’s authors and illustrators. We will divide this discussion group into grades K-2 and 3-6.

Teen Book Discussion
Thursday, February 8, 2018 // 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

We’ve chosen The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for the teen book discussion; we hope you’ll join us!

Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, February 15, 2018 // 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Join other adults to discuss Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson.

African American Read-In
Oakland Community College Campuses

Monday, February 5, 2018 // 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Auburn Hills Campus, Library, Room D-206

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 // 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Highland Lakes Campus (Waterford), Library, Woodland Hall

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 // 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Orchard Ridge Campus (Farmington Hills), Library, Room K-200

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 // 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Royal Oak Campus, in the Atrium

In celebration of Black History Month, Oakland Community College (OCC) is inviting students, staff, faculty, and the public to take part in a four-day read-in to explore books by African American authors. OCC librarians will kick off each session with excerpts from the 2017 Great Michigan Read, X: A Novel, by Ilyasha Shabazz. They will then turn things over to participants and volunteer readers to introduce their selections and read aloud.

African American Read-In Chain
Tabernacle Missionary Church, Saginaw, MI
Sunday, February 11, 2018 // 3:00 p.m.

The Read-In Chain encourages people to read works by African American authors. Sponsored by the NAACP of Saginaw, this event encourages the public to bring in their favorite book or choose a book from the display of African American writers. Guest presenter is Peggie M. Hall, author and retired Saginaw Pubic Schools principal.

African American Read-In
Ypsilanti District Library, Ypsilanti, MI
Saturday, February 17, 2018 // 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

YDL’s African American Authors Book Discussion group is participating in the National African American Read-In Day program. Everyone is welcome to come read or listen to selections from the works of African American authors. Bring a favorite poem or passage from a book, or read one of ours! We’ll have books for all ages.

 

Minnesota

 

African American Read-In
Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange Headquarters, St. Cloud, MN
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Join us (and Office Dog Lady Grey) to celebrate African American literature. We’ll have library books available to read and some light refreshments. Stay tuned for more information as the date approaches!

 

Missouri

 

African American Read-In
Rolling Hills Library – Belt Branch, St. Joseph, MO
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 // 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Rolling Hills Library will mark February being Black History Month with an African American Read-In on Tuesday, February 6, that features local residents reading from some notable and favorite books. From 5 to 8 p.m. at the Belt Branch, residents including St. Joseph City Councilwoman Joyce Starr, Kim Warren and LaToya Fitzpatrick and others will read from African American literature, including history, poetry, children’s books and contemporary pieces.

African-American Read-In
Rolling Hills Library, Belt branch, 1904 N. Belt Highway, St. Joseph, MO
Thursday, March 8, 5 to 8 p.m.

Local residents will read from favorite books and poems. Drop in or stay for the entire event that will feature historical works, poetry, children’s literature and contemporary pieces. A small dinner buffet is planned. For information, call 816-232-5479.

The Great African American Read-In
Garrison School Cultural Center, Liberty, MO
Sunday, February 4, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The public is invited to share a favorite piece or pieces of writing by an African American author. Shelton Ponder, a local poet, playwright and historian, serves as host of the read-in and wants to invite all those with a love of literature and reading to attend.

African American Read-In 2018
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Miller Nichols Library, Room 325, Kansas City, MO
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 // 3:30 p.m to 5:00 p.m.

The UMKC University Libraries invite you to attend our 9th Annual African American Read-In! Listeners and sharers alike are welcome at this FREE event, open to the public. Read, sing, or perform a work from an African American author or artist of your choice, or just come to listen, reflect, and enjoy. Drop-in presenters are welcome as time allows. Registration for listeners and sharers is now open online.

JES African American Read-In
Jefferson Elementary4315 Cardwell Dr., St. Louis, MO 
Friday, February 9, 2018 // 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

NECC African American Read-In
Normandy Early Childhood Center, St. Louis, MO
February 15, 2017 // 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

African American Read-In Book Discussion
Republic Branch Library, Community Room, Springfield, MO
Saturday, February 17, 2018 // 10:00 a.m.

An adult book discussion of “The Wide Circumference of Love” by Marita Golden.

 

Nebraska

 

African American Read-In
Loren Corey Eiseley Library, Lincoln, NE
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 // 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month at the African American Read-In.
Community members will be reading from their favorite authors. This is a joint project with Lincoln Public Schools and is suitable for all age groups.

 

New Jersey

 

Reading Fortune: A Voice for the Ages
Red Bank Public Library, Red Bank, NJ
Wednesday, February 21,
2018 // 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The T. Thomas Fortune Foundation presents “Reading Fortune: A Voice for the Ages,” on Wednesday, February 21, in conjunction with the Red Bank Public Library, as part of the 2018 African American Read-In, in honor of Black History Month. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for a meet and greet reception, with the presentation starting at 7 p.m. Fortune’s notable rise as an African American journalist, during the 19th and 20th Centuries, and as a social justice trailblazer, will be brought to life through his poetry, prose, letters, excerpts of speeches and editorials. Community members, along with youth from the New Jersey Orators will present the works of Fortune, such as letters corresponding with President Theodore Roosevelt and the African American leader, Booker T. Washington, and other writings that profoundly relate to the cultural attitudes, citizenry and resistance of “We the People,” Today!

Montclair Public Library African American Read-In 
Main Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 
Thursday, February 8, 2018 // 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

We invite everyone to celebrate African American authors by participating in our second African American Read-In! Choose your favorite passage from a book, poem, or speech by an African American and sign up for a two-minute time slot to read your chosen piece aloud. Join us as we come together to read, hear, and shine a spotlight on African American literature.

Please email reference@montclair.bccls.org to sign up and submit your reading.

To attend without reading a passage, please register below or call 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.

Willingboro Public Library with the African American Read In Chain
220 Willingboro Parkway, Willingboro, NJ (inside the Willingboro Town Center Complex)
Sunday, February 4, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. 

Celebrate African American literary creativity at Willingboro Public Library with the African American Read In Chain on Sun., Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will share their favorite readings with the public in this free program for all ages. Refreshments will be served.

African American Read-In
David Brearley Middle / High School, Kenilworth, NJ
Friday, February 23, 2018 // 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with a performance by poet Mahogany L. Browne. Dinner to follow.

The National African American Read-In
Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City, NJ
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 // 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (various times)

Join us as we celebrate African American literature through community readings! All readings will be in the Children’s Activity Room. All programs are free and open to the public!

  • 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Toddler Time (Ages 2-3) featuring African American Authors and Artists
  • 1:30-2:00 p.m.: Story Train (Ages 4-5) featuring African American Authors and Artists
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Open Mic  *We invite everyone to participate by bringing your favorite short passage from a book, poem, or speech by an African American author to read aloud!*

African American Read-In
Camden County College, Taft Hall 226, Blackwood, NJ
Saturday, February 10, 2018 // 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Glassboro Students ‘Read-In’ for Black History Month

 

 

New Mexico

African American Read-In at Mesa Library Saturday 
Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos
Saturday, February 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

New York

 

Twenty-fifth annual African American Read-in Chain
Reception Room in Kellenberg Hall, 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY
Monday, February 5, 2018 // 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST

The Molloy College English Department celebrates Black History Month by reading and discussing poems by contemporary African American poets. For more information, contact Trish O’Neill at 516.323.3260

African American Read-In
Adelphi University, University Center Fireplace Lounge, 1 South Ave, Garden City, NY
Thursday, February 15, 2018 // 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Readings will be from works of authors including Langston Hughes, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Gwendolyn Brooks, Zora Neal Hurston, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, Jacqueline Woodson, and Maya Angelou – as well as original works by members of the Adelphi community.  The event is sponsored by CABCS and Adephi’s Learning and Writing Centers.

African American Read-in
Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 
Sunday, February 11, 2018 // 2:00 p.m.

Short passages will be read from noted African American writers.

Still We Rise: 2nd Annual African American Read in
Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach, NY
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 // 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Join Councilwoman Anissa Moore and the City of Long Beach as we celebrate the contributions of African Americans through literature and song. This is an open mic event where residents will have the opportunity to perform poetry, short fiction readings, acoustic music performances and monologues from Black writers, poets and authors.

African American Read-In
Vassar College Libraries, Poughkeepsie, NY
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 // 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month at the Vassar College Libraries. Come Read or come listen. All works authored by African Americans.

10th Annual African American Read IN
Canio’s Books, Sag Harbor, NY
Saturday, February 17, 2018 // 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Please join JJML and Canio’s Cultural Cafe in our 10th annual reading of great America literature by African American writers. All are welcome to read a short favorite passage of fiction, poetry, or non-fiction. Please call 631.725.4926 to register. Calling all LISTENERS: If you just want to listen to great writing, we need you! Good listeners are always welcome. A reception follows the reading.

COOL SCHOOLS: Van Duyn Elementary School’s African American read-in

 

North Carolina

 

29th Annual National African American Read-In
Knightdale Public Safety Building, Knightdale, NC
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 // 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We invite you and your family to share an afternoon of history, books, fellowship, and fun as we celebrate African American Literature during Black History Month. Join us!

2018 African American Read-In: For the Love of Diversity & Literacy
February 12 – February 15, 2018 // Various times and locations

Sampson County Schools Upward Bound students are pleased to partner with the Sampson County Public Libraries for the 2018 African American Read-In: For the Love of Diversity & Literacy ! Join us as our students read works highlighting the contributions of African Americans! #SCSUpwardBound18

 

Belk Library Celebrates Diversity: African American Read-In

Join us at Belk Library as we celebrate Black History Month with an African American Read-In.
Belk Library Atrium, 218 College Street • PO Box 32026 • Boone, NC 
February 5, 2018 // 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

You are invited to come and read literature, poetry, etc. by an African American author. Bring one of your favorites or we’ll have some to choose from. Contact Jennifer Natale, natalejj@appstate.edu for more information.

African American Read-In
Southern Pines Library, 170 West Connecticut Avenue Southern Pines, NC
Thursday, February 1, 2018 // 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A meet & greet reception and light refreshments will be served from 5-5:30 pm. We invite students, families, and community members of all ages to select a short work or excerpt from a piece of literature (speech, letter, poem, play, story or novel) from their favorite African American author to read aloud at our read-in. If you are interested in participating, please call or come by the library to sign up.

African American Read-In Chain
Department of English at Winston-Salem State University, 228 Hall-Patterson, Winston-Salem, NC
Monday, February 5, 2018 // 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Martin and Malcolm | 5th Annual African American Read-In
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Library Commons, Wake Forest, NC
Thursday, February 15, 2018 // 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Martin and Malcolm, African American Read-In will be held on Thursday, February 15, after chapel from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. It will take place in the Library Commons and will feature the reading of excerpts from and discussion of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and Malcolm X’s speech “The Ballot or the Bullet.” The event will be led by professors Locke, Strickland, and Mullins.

28th National African American Read-In Chain
Lloyd Presbyterian Church, 748 N. Chestnut St., Winston-Salem, NC
Sunday, February 4, 2018 // 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To participate, come prepared to listen or read aloud any works by African American writers or oneself. Admission is free. For more information, email ingrame@wssu.edu

African American Read-In
Mebane Public Library, Mebane, NC
Sunday, February 18, 2018 // 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Drop in! Sing, dance perform from your favorite Africa American Author. Or stop by & just listen, reflect…enjoy. Keynote Speaker: Jane Sellars, African American History & Cultural Arts Museum.

African American Read-In
Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mt. Airy, NC
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 // 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The 8th annual African American Read-In hosted by the Plaid Cloth Literary Society will be held on Wednesday February 14 at 12 noon in the 2nd floor conference room of the Museum. To participate, one needs only to select works written by an African American and be prepared to read a poem or an excerpt from a book. Listeners are also welcome!

Volunteers Needed: African American Read-In
Hodge Road Spanish Dual Language Immersion Magnet Elementary, Knightdale, NC
Friday, February 23, 2018 // 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

We are hosting our annual African American Read In on February 23rd. Volunteers from the community read a book with students. Volunteers will enjoy a welcome and breakfast beforehand. Email Nikki Kovach at nkovach@wcpss.net for more information!

African American Read-In 
Salvation Army’s CiVIC Community Center, 2850 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, February 24,10:00 a.m. 

The Salvation Army Seniors Program offers a Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. Adults aged 55 and over are invited to a community breakfast at 10 a.m.,followed by a Black History Month celebration and African American Read-In. Please call 336-245-2076 for more information or to register.

“Speaking Our Words”: Recitations of African American Literature
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Mary Livermore Library — Main Reading Room, Pembroke, NC
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 // 6:30 p.m.

African American Read-In
Media Center, Hertford County High School, Ahoskie, NC
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 // 8:00 a.m.

2018 African American Read-In
East Carolina University, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Joyner Library, 2nd Floor, Greenville, NC
Thursday, February 22, 2018 // 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Talk and Poetry Reading–ECU Alumna Liza Monore; Open Mic–Read original works or pieces from your favorite black writers, thinkers, artists, and creatives.

Local church celebrates Black History Month

TEACHER OF THE WEEK: ALICE CARNEY

 

Ohio

 

Poetry Speaks! African American Poetry Read-in
Main Library – McMaster Center, Toledo, OH
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 // 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the beauty and power of African American poetry by reading a short favorite poem or excerpt (not your own, but published), family-friendly, and no longer than a 5-minute time slot. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required only to read.

CCPL’s African American Read-In
Warrensville Heights Branch – Cuyahoga County Public Library, Warrensville Heights, OH
Thursday, February 8, 2018 // 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Warrensville Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library invites all ages to celebrate Black History Month by connecting kids from (1 to 92) with books written by African American authors! All are invited to attend this national event and show your love of reading to young people.

African American Read-In
University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College – Muntz Hall Lobby, Blue Ash, OH
Thursday, February 8, 2018 // 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Bring reading selections from your favorite Black author(s) to share with your fellow Bearcats.

27th National African American Read-In
Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whitehall Branch, Columbus, OH
Sunday, February 25, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Each February Womanist Readers hosts the annual National African American Read-In here in Columbus. Join us for our 2018 event as we celebrate literature by and about African Americans. We’ll be discussing Jesmyn Ward’s SING, UNBURIED, SING. Call 614.273.0741 for additional information.

African American Author Read-In
Blue Ash Public Library, Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, February 3, 2018 // 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join us at the Blue Ash Branch during our open hours (10 am-6 pm) for our first African American Read-In! Choose from our large selection of books written by African American authors and illustrators. Check out a stack or just enjoy some books while in the Library! No registration required.

African American Read-In
Panera Bread, 4519 N High Street, Columbus, OH
Saturday, March 3, 2018 // 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Phenomenal Women Inc. celebrates Black History by hosting the 28th National African American Read-In on Sat., Mar. 3, 2018, 1-3 p.m. at the Panera Bread in Clintonville. We will discuss Maya Angelou’s short story “Graduation”. Copies are readily available free online! Don’t have time to read it? No problem, still come and enjoy the conversation. RSVP? Appreciated, but not required.

Lorain County Community College hosts African American Read-In
Lorain County Community College Bass Library, 1005 North Abbe Road in Elyria, OH
Wednesday, February 14, noon – 3:00 p.m. 

The Lorain County Community College’s Bass Library will host an African American Read-In in celebration of Black History Month. The event will feature the reading of various works (both poetry and prose) by African American authors. The event is open to the public. There will also be a special celebration of Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday. For more information, contact Karla Aleman at 440-366-7278 or kaleman@lorainccc.edu.

African American Read-In: “Peace, Hope and Love: Celebrating Black Poets”
Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus, Highland Hills, OH
Thursday, February 15, 2018 // 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tri-C staff, students, and community members will serve as presenters.

 

Oklahoma

 

African American Read-In
Norman Public Library West, Norman, OK
Sunday, February 11, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come celebrate the rich history of African American literature at the Norman Public Library West. Registration is not required for this free event.

African American Read-In
Midwest City High School, Midwest City, OK
Friday, February 23, 2018

Hosting an annual Black History Month Symposium with two teachers hosting an African American Read-In to students.

 

Oregon

 

African American Read-In
North Portland Library, Portland, OR
Sunday, February 18, 2018 // 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month with Black literature! Join us as community leaders, teachers, students, and local celebrities read from their favorite books by African American writers. Fiction and nonfiction for children and adults will be featured in an afternoon of good words from great writings. Community members are also encouraged to come and share words from their favorite works. This event is cosponsored by the Portland Reading Council and Multnomah County Library.

African American Read-In
Garden Home Community Library, Portland, OR
Monday, February 5, 2018 // 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come by anytime on February 5th to read poetry and short fiction by African American authors as we start celebrating Black History Month! There will be books to check out as well as short pieces printed for all ages to read in the library.

 

Pennsylvania 

 

29th annual African American Read-In Chain
Penn State, Altoona, PA
February 11–12, 2018

This year’s theme is African Diaspora Writers in the U.S. Contemporary African authors living and writing in the United States have introduced different voices and dialogues into the larger American experience in their poetry, fiction, memoirs, and dramatic texts. Being African and American at the same time, these writers have a stake in the wellbeing of their homelands, and their hearts are still connected to Africa.

2018 African American Read-In

6th Annual National African American Literature Read-In
Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Thursday, February 15, 2018 // 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

This event will include poetry readings, historical and literary speakers, and a short work of Black American Literature of your choice. Food and beverage will be provided.  This 6 hour event, beginning at 4 p.m. at which time attendees are welcome to come and go as is convenient to your schedule and is open to all students, staff, faculty, administrators, and the general public.

29th Annual African American Read-In

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood Branch, Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday, February 3, 2018 // 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This event is sponsored by the United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh. This year’s celebration marks the return of members of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation as hosts. Join them as they read and invite the community to share works of African, African American and Caribbean authors in the open read-in.

American American Read-In
Bethel Park High Large Group Instruction Room, Bethel Park, PA
Sunday, February 11 // 2:00 p.m.

The Bethel Park High School English Language Arts Department and the students in STAND (Standing Together Against Negativity and Discrimination) are hosting an African American Read-In. The STAND students will present poems, excerpts from speeches and spoken word performances from African American authors.  The Read-In is designed to be a celebration of African American literature and music, including such authors as Angelou, Wilson, Baldwin, King and Hughes, plus original works by the students as well.

20th Annual African American Read-In
Steelton-Highspire Elementary School, Steelton, PA
Saturday, February 17, 2018 // 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join the lovely ladies of Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter, in partnership with The AKA Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. for our 20th Annual African American Read-In. Join us for a day of family fun, free books, special guest celebrity readers, craft making and much more! The event is FREE and open to all school-age children (Pre-K through 12th grade) and their families.

Local children attend read-in featuring African American authors & illustrators

African American Read-In 2018
Arcadia University, Castle Mirror Room, Glenside, PA
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 // 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This year we are hosting the African American Read-In to honor the founder, Dr. Jerri Cobb Scott, who passed in 2017. Her vision and passion for African American Literature and her desire for African American children to see themselves in books led to the African American Read-In becoming one of the longest-running literacy-promotions programs in the U.S. At Arcadia, volunteers are asked to read from their favorite published work of literature by an author of African descent, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and verse (song). Dramatic performances are also welcome (and encouraged).  All interested readers should notify Evvie Thompson by February 16 with your name, selection (title and author), and length of reading. All are welcome.

Local children attend read-in featuring African American authors & illustrators

African American Read-In
Sunday, February 25, 2018 // 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Baptist Worship Center, Philadelphia, PA

Westminster Students & Administrators Participate in African American Read-In at Farrell Elementary

 

Rhode Island

 

African American Read-In & Book Drive
Providence College, Mural Lounge, Providence, RI
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 // 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Come share excerpts of your favorite books, poetry, speeches and music from an African American of your choice. Or, stop by to donate a multicultural children’s book for local RI youth.

 

South Carolina

 

African American Read-In
W. A. Perry Middle School, Columbia, SC
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 // 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
For more information, please contact Tara Kelly at tara.kelly@richlandone.org or Dana Amaker at dana.amaker@richlandone.org.

African American Read-In
Reid Chapel AME Church, Columbia, SC
Friday, February 23, 2018 // 6:30 p.m.

Local Author Kaela Harmon will read her debut children’s book Zoey’s First Plane Ride.

 

Tennessee

 

Our Stories Matter 2nd Annual African American Read-In
The Boys and Girls Club of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Saturday, February 24, 2018 // 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Hosted by Black Children’s Books and Authors. Celebrate Black History Month with readings from picture, chapter, middle, and young adult books by Black authors. Free admission for all ages. Light refreshments will be served.

29th Annual National African American Read-In
Thomas J. Garland Library, Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tennessee
Thursday, February 8, 2018 // 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

As a part of honoring Black History Month, on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 to 1:30 in the Garland Library, Tusculum College will participate in the 29th annual National African American Read-In in conjunction with the Black Caucus of the NCTE. The event, an opportunity for the TC community to celebrate the literary achievements of black writers, is sponsored by the Tusculum College English Department and the Garland Library and will be held on the Greeneville campus. This is the tenth consecutive year Tusculum has officially participated in the read-in and will appear on the national registry of participating institutions. All students, staff, faculty, and members of the public are invited to participate by reading and/or listening. Reading materials will be provided, and those who wish to bring their own may do so. The event is free and open to the public

 

Texas

 

African American Read-in Winter Book Drive
Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School, Dallas, TX
The book drive will take place from December 1, 2017 – February 1, 2018.

Books will be given to students during the Dallas ISD African American Read-In.

African American Read-In
Carrollton Public Library, Carrollton, TX
Sunday, February 11, 2018 // 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family! All are welcome to learn about African American authors, stories, poems, and songs. Special guests will read selections aloud for the audience. Free books will be given away to children and teens. This program is presented by Professional Achievers for Community Excellence (PACE). Light refreshments will be provided.

CFBISD’s 3rd Annual African American Read-In
Barbara Bush Middle School, Irving, TX
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 // 6:00 p.m.

The directors of English language arts and reading, invite you, your students, and staffs to join us for CFB’s third annual African American Read-In, which will be held at Barbara Bush Middle School on Tuesday, February 6, at 6:00 p.m.  Please bring one of your favorite selections written by an African American author to read or perform at this event.

One World, Many Tales: 2018 African American Read-In 
Irving Public Library: South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving, TX
Sunday, February 4, 2018 // 2:00 pm

Experience a cultural celebration of children’s literature, music and dance in honor of African American Heritage Month, led by the Dallas Black Dance Theater’s Encore! performance group.

Brookhaven to host annual African American poetry reading
Brookhaven College Performance Hall, Farmers Branch, TX
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 // 10:30 a.m. 

This year’s theme will be, “Lift Every Voice and Sing; I, Too America” inspired by the 1920s poet Langston Hughes.

African American Read-In
Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W Main Street, Lewisville, TX
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 // 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Bennett Program Room: Join us for a read-in to celebrate Black History Month and the contributions that African American authors have made to children’s literature. The Bennett Program Room will be transformed into a cozy place for reading books that celebrate African American culture. Feel free to drop in anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. If you need a break from reading we will have coloring supplies for Freedom Quilts.

District 5 African American Read-In – STEAM UP With Reading
Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, Dallas, TX
Saturday, February 10, 2018 // 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

District 9 African American Read-In Day – I Read! You Read! We Read!

Billy Earl Dade Middle School, 2727 Al Lipscomb Way, Dallas, TX
Saturday, February 17, 2018 // 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

District 6 African American Read-In – Unlock your Story: One Book At A Time
Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX
Saturday, February 24, 2018 // 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

African American Read-Ins
In celebration of Black History Month, McDonald’s of Greater North Texas has partnered with the Dallas Chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. to host an African American Read-In every Saturday in February.

  • Saturday, Feb.  3, Kick Off 11:30 a.m. – McDonald’s at 10320 Lake June Rd.,
  • Saturday, Feb.  10, 11:30 a.m. – McDonald’s at 8333 S. Lancaster Rd.
  • Saturday, Feb.  17, 11:30 a.m. – McDonald’s at 2215 S. Buckner Blvd., (Pleasant Grove)
  • Saturday, Feb.  24, 11:30 a.m. – McDonald’s at 5404 S. Cooper, Arlington

The event will include elected officials and community leaders reading books and short stories for the families and children attending the event. Elected officials and community leaders are expected to attend and read as well. Children attending each event will receive one McDonald’s backpack filled with school supplies and a book written by an African American author while supplies last.

Third Annual African American Read-In
University of Texas of the Permian Basin – Multi-Purpose Room (located on the second floor of the Mesa Building), Odessa, TX
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 // 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This is a come-and-go read-in and luncheon hosted by UTPB’s Success Center, and The Department of Literature and Languages. Loretta Diane Walker, an alumna of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin will be joined by three other authors at the read-in at the event that promotes literacy.

African African Read-In Mountain View College
4849 W. Illinois Ave. · Dallas, TX
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 // 12:30 pm

Come celebrate the connection of culture, reading, music and learning! Enjoy hearing your fellow classmates, professors and staff or join in by reading a selection or two! Enjoy special performances by Princess McDowell and Rage Almighty. Join us on February 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the Treetop Lounge. This event is free and open to the public.

Volunteers Needed: African American Read-In Day
Cornelius Elementary, Houston, TX
Thursday, February 22, 2018 // 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

We are seeking parent and community volunteers to read to our students on Thursday, February 22, 2018. The event begins at 8:00 and ends at approximately 10:00 am. If you are able to volunteer, please rsvp with the name of your child’s teacher to ensure we reserve the classroom for you.

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Nacogdoches African American Read-In encourages confidence among children of color

Read-In reflects black heritage

 

Vermont

Thaddeus Stevens School students observed 18th annual African-American Read-In with readings, songs and discussions of our nation’s race history.

Virginia

 

National African American Read-In
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Thursday, February 22, 2018 // 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Celebrate Black History Month! As a part of the 28th annual National African American Read-In, leaders from the community share African and African American literature related to works in the permanent collection.

Cascades Library African American Read-In
21030 Whitfield Pl, Potomac Falls, VA 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 // 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

African American Read-In + Art of the Story Family Day
Piedmont Arts, Martinsville, VA
Saturday, February 10, 2018 // 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join Piedmont Arts for a celebration of African American authors as the museum participates in the National African American Read-In. Community members will read excerpts from books, stories and poems by their favorite African American authors and storyteller Fred Motley will perform stories from around the world at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Enjoy a free “Make Your Own Story” craft and refreshments compliments of FAHI. All ages welcome.

African American Read-In and discussion
Riverside High School, Leesburg, Virginia
Monday, February 26, 2018 // 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

African American Read-In
Hayfield Secondary, Alexandria, VA
Wednesdays during February // 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The African American Read-In begins this month! Be part of this nationwide event! ALL ethnicities welcome.

African American Read-In
Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA
Monday, February 12, 2018 // 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A full day of readings by African American poets and writers?! Yes please! Please come join us on the historic campus of Virginia Union University to celebrate the role of literacy in black liberation!

African American Read-In
Fred Lynn Middle School, Woodbridge, VA

During the month of February, we will host our first African American Read-In. Staff will visit classes to read picture books, poetry, and novels by black authors and illustrators, and to perform dramatic read-alouds. Students will be exposed to a variety of fiction and nonfiction in multiple formats, including ebooks, comic strips, and video. The library will show podcasts, book trailers, and host a Skype session with author Greg Neri. We will also have a pop-up library in our school’s cafeteria to check out books to students during lunch. The works of black authors will also be featured in our school-wide trivia tournament.

National African American Read-In
Wenonah Elementary School, Waynesboro, VA
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Mike London, the former University of Virginia and University of Richmond football coach, was the event’s keynote speaker.

4th Annual African American Read-In
Broad Run High School, Ashburn, Virginia
Thursday, February 22, 2018 // 6:30 p.m.

The English Department and Psi Epsilon Nu (PEN), Broad Run’s chapter of the National English Honor Society are hosting their 4th annual African American Read-In, in honor of Black History Month on Thursday, February 22. This year’s keynote speaker is Ms. Brooke C. Obie, the author of the award-winning historical fiction novel, Book of Addis: Cradled Embers. Ms. Obie received the 2017 Phillis Wheatley award for First Fiction and the 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Self-Published Literary Award for Fiction. Several Broad Run students and staff members will join Ms. Obie by reading original writings and inspirational pieces of literature by African Americans. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Washington

 

African American Read-In
Pierce County Library (Summit), Tacoma, WA
Wednesday February 7, 2018 // 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join readers around the country to celebrate Black History Month and African American literature. Share a favorite poem, book or speech and learn about books and authors you may not have discovered yet. Win giveaways such as an autographed book from Coe Booth author of “Kinda Like Brothers”, winner of the 2017 Sasquatch Book Award, gift cards, and more. Mixed-media artist Lisa Myers Bulmash will lead participants in creating collages that explore family histories.

African American Read-In
Lakewood Pierce County Library, Lakewood, WA
Saturday, February 10, 2018 // 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join readers around the country to celebrate Black History Month and African American literature. Share a favorite poem, book, or speech and learn about books and authors you may not have discovered yet. Create a Gees-Bend-inspired paper quilt and vote for your favorite African American author and illustrator. Light refreshments provided. All ages; drop in, no registration required.

African American Read-In
Northwest University, HSC Fireside Lounge, Kirkland, WA
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 // 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

Washington, D.C.

 

African American Read-In
University of the District of Columbia Community College, 801 North Capitol St., NE, Washington, DC
Saturday, February 10, 2018 // 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

West Virginia

 

African American Read-In and Storytime
Morgantown Public Library, Morgantown, WV
Saturday, February 17, 2018 // 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We will be hosting story-time by reading stories that feature the lives of Black children. Reading circles for kids who are 2-3 and those who are in Pre-K-2. We hope your family can join us.

FSHS students honor black history through read-in

 

Wisconsin

 

African American Read-In with Storytellers Kucha and Baba Tony
Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, WI
Saturday, February 10, 2018 // 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate literary works by African American authors as adult and youth readers from our community lend their voices to poetry, essays, short stories, and children’s books by African American authors.

 

Virtual Events

 

Virtual Read-In During Black History Month
Volume and Light is thrilled to celebrate Black History Month by honoring excellence in scholarship and leadership. We would love for you to participate in our first-ever online read-in.

1. We will select a book (click here)
2. We will have three weeks to read the book
3. Book Discussion via conference call

Project LIT Community Reading Challenge
Project LIT Community encourages teachers and students across the country to join NCTE’s effort to read and celebrate literature by African American writers throughout Black History Month. There are two easy ways for students, educators, and community members to join the challenge:

  1. Complete this form every time you read a text (novel, short story, poem, etc.) written by an African American author during February 2018.
  2. Coordinate an official African American Read-In event (such as a Project LIT Book Club) at your school! You can learn more here.

Project LIT Community will send out updates and prizes (copies of our Project LIT Book Club selections) to participants throughout the month!  ALL are welcome to join the challenge as we aim to increase access to diverse books and promote a love of reading in our schools and communities!  Be sure to tag @ncte & @projectlitcomm on Twitter (along with the #AARI18 and #projectlitBHM hashtags)!

Columbus’ Virtual African American Read-In
February 17, 2018

Join @modernblendedlife and @daydreamerspress as they participate in the African American Read In #aari18. This event is virtual so it’s easy to participate! On 2/17, grab a book and your loved ones, pets, delicious drinks…whatever you like to read with, and celebrate Black Literature. Snap a photo, post and tag #aari18 and #cbusreadin.

 

African American Read-In celebrates its local inspiration in annual event