The Norman Transcript

January 31, 2013

Norman Public Library to host 13th African American Read-In

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Norman Public Library commemorates Black History Month at its 13th African American Read-In, set for 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lowry Room of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave.

The event includes readings of poems and stories celebrating Black History Month, with community members invited to share excerpts from nationally published African American authors. The library also will display a selection of books by African American authors.

The read-in is a local version of a national event. The first African American Read-In took place in 1990, sponsored 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.

The read-in has been endorsed by the International Reading Association.

More than a million readers of all ethnic groups, from 50 states, the District of Columbia, the West Indies and African countries have participated, with the goal to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.

The event also serves as the first day tickets will be made available for the library’s Crowns Tea later in the month.

Tickets are free but limited in number, and distribution will begin after the conclusion of the read-in.

The Crowns Tea will take place in two seatings, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

The read-in is sponsored by Friends of the Norman Library.

No registration is needed to attend.

For more information on the programs, or any of the services offered at the Norman Public Library, call 701-2600 or go online to

Also, follow the library’s activities on Facebook at “Pioneer Library System” or on Twitter @mylibrary2go.

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