African American Read-In

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Downtown Main Library
Main Library - Reading Garden Lounge

Event Details

Join us at the Downtown Main Library from Noon - 4 p.m. for a celebration of African American literature. Explore the Library's collection of books created by African American authors and illustrators while enjoying a day of public readings, performances, hands-on activities. 

Featured guests include author Sharon Draper and illustrator R. Gregory Christie! Additional guests include: Judge Nadine Allen, Terri Bolds, Ashley Ferguson, Christine Gibson, Darwin Henderson, Quvadus Kinney, Mariam McKenney, Shawn Pryor, and Arnice Smith.  

All ages welcome! No registration required.

Free parking will be available in the ABM Lot located at 910 Walnut Street, on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited. Display a copy of this flyer on your windshield to receive free parking. 

Schedule of events:

12:00 p.m.    Welcoming remarks and reading by Sharon Draper

12:30 p.m.    Reading and remarks by R. Gregory Christie

1:00 p.m.      Writing workshop with Sharon Draper (ages 16 and up)
                     Book binding workshop with R. Gregory Christie (youth and families)

2:00 p.m.      Book signing and sales

3:00 p.m.      Writing workshop with Sharon Draper (ages 9-15)
                     Illustration workshop with R. Gregory Christie (youth and families)

Ongoing events (12:00-4:00 pm):

  • Browse, read and borrow books by African American authors and illustrators
  • Book signings with local authors
  • Story Corner with readings by special guests
  • Button making, photo booth and hands-on activities
  • Book sales courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 

The African American Read-In is the nation's oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was 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.


Event Type(s): Black History Month, Author Visits, Literacy & Education
Age Group(s): Adults, Birth through Preschool, All Ages, Children, Teens