March 10th, 2016
West Virginia University Libraries, the WVU student organization SPECTRUM, the WVU Commission for LGBTQ Equity and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies are seeking volunteers for a LGBTQ Read-In on April 14, from 10-11:15 a.m. in the Downtown Campus Library room 104.
“Sharing literature helps us to recognize commonalities that transcend sexual orientation or gender identity. Recognizing ourselves in other’s words broadens and balances our perspectives,” said Beth Toren, Research Services and Media Librarian.
Student volunteers can read passages from poetry, prose and personal narrative. Participants can bring materials with them or select something from the array of books that will be on display at the event. There will be time for discussion after each reading.
“Reading aloud texts with personal significance and discussing our reactions to them creates an intimate atmosphere and supportive and inclusive environment. Something that inspired you may be just what someone else attending might need to hear,” Toren said.
For more information or to participate in the read-in, contact Toren at 304-293-0336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.