TROY students stage 'Read-In' at Troy Public Library

Posted: Monday, 26 January 2015

TROY - Troy University's College of Education and the Troy Public Library will be uniting to host an African American Read-In during the month of February as a part of African American History Month activities.

Students in the Department of English will be conducting group and one-on-one reading sessions as a part of the library's after-school tutoring programs throughout the month.

"Troy University's College of Education has become an integral part of the after-school tutoring program at the Troy Public Library," said Dr. Patricia Waters, professor of English and faculty sponsor of the Troy Council of English Teachers. "Through programs such as the Read-In, we wish to not only support literacy's foundational role in learning, but also hope to stress literacy's integral role in our community's well-being,"

TROY students will lead buddy-reading times, small group book chats, and engage in discussions and dialogue on books and poems by well-known African American authors.

The event will be held every Monday through Thursday in February from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. The program is free and open to public, and students of all ages and reading levels are encouraged to attend. A special President's Day event will also be conducted.

The Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English conceived the idea of an African American Read-In in 1989. The following year, the initial Read-In was held on the first Sunday of February, and soon became a traditional part of Black History Month celebrations. In 2014 the event garnered more than 5.5 million readers nation-wide.

For more information please contact Dr. Patricia Waters at or Troy Public Library at 334-566-1314.