Troy University looking to promote reading among Phenix City teens

Posted: Monday, 21 April 2014

PHENIX CITY - Faculty and staff from Troy University's Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning Site are looking to help local teenage girls develop a love of reading during an event scheduled to coincide with World Book Night on Wednesday, April 23.

TROY has partnered with the Phenix City Housing Authority to host a "Royal Reading Pizza Party" for about 30 ninth-grade girls. The girls will be given free copies of the book "Tears of a Tiger" by Sharon Draper, along with a journal. The group will meet again in May to discuss the novel together.

"The purpose of World Book Night is to encourage students to read, and enjoy it," said Dr. Paige Paquette. "I just wanted to go a step further and use this to try to create mentoring opportunities with these young ladies."

The reading party will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Chuck Roberts Activity Center.

The global World Book Night celebration, held on April 23 each year, is dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. TROY is participating by giving away free books at events in six different cities, including Troy, Dothan, Enterprise, Montgomery, Brundidge and Phenix City.

For more information about the reading party in Phenix City, contact Dr. Paquette at