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Petersburg Public Library thanks those who helped with African-American Read-In

To the Editor:

The Petersburg Public Library, William R. McKenney Central Branch, participated in the 23rd National African-American Read-In on Tuesday, Feb. 14. This event was first sponsored in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English. In 1991, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship, and the Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. Over 1 million readers from around the world have participated in this event. The solitary goal of the Read-In is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.

The Petersburg Public Library would like to thank the following individuals for participating in this event as readers: Sorena Campbell, Mary Chandler, Addie Eliades, Elizabeth Hilbert, Laura Ingram, Cierra Johnson, Brittany Jones, Breyanna Kelly, Ashley Roberts, Erin Sweet, Sydney Sylvester, Destiny Taylor, Sidney Tilghman, Hannah Bracey, Brenna Geraghty, She’ryl Harper, Tynisha Smith, Catherine Turner, William Miles, Ashley James, Candria Hicks, Lynsey Freeman, India Burns, Ashia Elder, Jasmine Davis, Patricia Smith, Beverly McLaughlin, Curtis Russell, Brian Moore, Nigel France, Alex Newsom, Brandon Johnson, Sharon Mallory, Willie Bell, Jr., Willis McCombs, Jimmy Clark, Andrew Farrar, Calvin Farr, Mary Ann Bailey, Johna Vasquez, Ernest Shaw, Elsie Weatherington, Patricia Diaw, Carl Matthews, Alvera Parrish, Shannon Smith, Regina Kearney, Ken Pritchett, Dona Edmondson.The Petersburg Public Library would also like to offer our heartfelt appreciation of the many individuals who attended and supported this event as listeners.

 The works read were at times thought-provoking, lighthearted, dramatic, and inspiring. Petersburg Public Library is proud to sponsor programs and events which promote and support literacy throughout the City of Petersburg.

Janet Sullivan, Library Assistant

Petersburg Public Library

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