Green McAdoo, CDF Haley Farm to host 'read-in'
The Langston Hughes Library at the Children’s Defense Fund Haley Farm and Green McAdoo Cultural Center will co-host an African American Read-In, a national observance sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and endorsed by the International Reading Association.

The program will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Green McAdoo Center.

This year’s read-in will mark the fifth annual observance hosted by the Langston Hughes Library at CDF Haley Farm.

The first African American Read-In was held in 1990, and the national observance has grown since to include more than a million readers from all ethnic groups in 49 states, the West Indies, and many African nations.

The read-ins highlight the writings of African American authors and are planned to ensure that literacy is included as a component of Black History Month.

African American Read-Ins are held in schools, libraries, community centers, bookstores, and churches.

The program is open to anyone who would like to read and share the writings of his or her favorite African American author.

Participants wishing to take part may choose a poem; an excerpt from a short story, novel, essay or play; a children’s picture book; or any other piece of writing authored by an African American writer.

Readers are asked to choose their reading material prior to the program and limit their selection to no more than five minutes. The program will follow an open mike format.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

E-mail Theresa Venable, librarian in the CDF Langston Hughes Library, at tvenable@childrensdefense.com or Marilyn Hayden, director of the Green McAdoo Center, at gmculturalcenter@comcast.net to make a reservation to participate in the read-in.

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