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Upcoming Events

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We have two upcoming events that we are very excited about and we hope you are making plans to join us! First, on February 23, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m., The Center will be hosting the second meeting of our month YA Reads bookclub.  The club meets on the last Thursday of each month at Lawson McGhee Library in downtown Knoxville.  Participants enjoy engaging conversation about young adult literature.  This month's selection is All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.  For more information about the YA Reads book club visit our Facebook page at:

The second event that we hope you will participate in is the African American Read-In.  This is the third year The Center has hosted the event on the University of Tennessee campus.  This event will run from noon-6:00 p.m. and will showcase readings, texts, and performance art celebrating books written about and by African-American authors.  To sign up for a time to read, please email Center director, Dr. Susan Groenke at :

Coretta Scott King Awards

Just last month, the American Library Association presented their annual Youth Media Awards, which include many notable awards for children’s and young adult literature.  Among many awards presented were the Newbery Award for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children,” (ALA, 2017), the Caldecott Award for “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book,” (ALA, 2017), and the Coretta Scott King Award for the “African American author and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions” (ALA, 2017).

African American Read In

Join the third annual African American Read-In on Friday, February 24, noon-6:00 p.m. in the Dixie Marie Wooten Commons Area in Hodges Library (next to Starbucks). Students, faculty, staff, administrators—all are invited to read an excerpt from a favorite book by an African American author.


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