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Petersburg library hosts African American read-in

Progress-Index – Published: February 25, 2011

To the Editor:

Petersburg Public Library proudly served as a host for the 22nd National African American Read-In on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. This event takes place across the United States commemorating Black History Month by promoting and supporting literacy through the readings of works by African American authors.

Each year over a million readers nationwide from schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations support this worthwhile event. The Petersburg Public Library would like to thank the following individuals and organizations who offered their time as readers for this event: Petersburg Sheriff Vanessa Crawford; Petersburg Treasurer Kevin Brown; Students of Appomattox Regional Governor’s School; Morris Jones, Andrew Farrar, Willis McCombs, and James Clarke, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Aynoit Ashor, local author; Ernest Shaw, library patron and community activist; Mary Bailey, reference librarian, Virginia State University; Sharon Mallory, Virginia Cooperative Extension Office; Petersburg Planning Director Leonard Muse; Carl Matthews, poet and library patron; Dona Edmondson, Petersburg Public School System; A.J. Williams, Kara Womack, Frank Pinto, Dewan Seay, Student Liaison Outreach Team, Virginia State University; and Cindy Bell, library staff member.

We would also like to offer our heartfelt appreciation to the members of the audience throughout this day-long event. The works read were at times dramatic, thought-provoking, intense, heart-wrenching, and inspiring. Petersburg Public Library is proud to sponsor programs and events which promote and support literacy throughout the City of Petersburg.

Diana Watts, Coordinator

Children’s Services

Petersburg Public Library

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