Choose a book from this list or feel free to bring your favorite piece or passage by an African American author. All of these books are available at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. Please remember that selections should be appropriate for all ages.

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National African American Read-In

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 2:00-3:30 PM

Carnegie Center for Art and History

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library and the Carnegie Center for Art and History (a department of the Library) together present an African American Read-In on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM at the Carnegie Center, located just 3 blocks from the Library at 201 East Spring Street in downtown New Albany, Indiana.

You’re Invited


We are inviting middle school, high school, and college students to read aloud a selection by an author of color during this event, and members of the public are invited to read aloud as well. Selections should be no more than a few minutes long and need not be memorized. Selections should be kept family-appropriate, as this is an all-ages event. If you are interested in reading aloud during the African American Read-In, please contact Al Gorman at the Carnegie Center at 812-944-7336 or

During the read-in, attendees are welcome to view the Carnegie Center’s exhibit “The Sixties – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out!” New Work by Penny Sisto, opening February 16, 2018. Fiber artist Penny Sisto has created artworks about the counterculture of the late 1960’s, as someone who experienced this movement. This show is loosely divided into sections: Art and Music, Spiritual growth, Civil Rights and like-minded counterculture people, and “Back to the landers” (referring to Penny and husband Dick Sisto’s experience living in a cooperative community that promoted self-sustenance, including growing their own food).