Latinx Read-In exposes Penn State community to Latinx literature
Members of the Penn State community stopped by the HUB-Robeson’s Monumental Staircase Friday to participate in the first Latinx Read-In, a program sponsored by the Multicultural Office in the College of Education.
Books by Latinx authors and illustrators or written about the Latinx experience lined the staircase, and readers could choose any of the children and young adult literature titles.
“We wanted to highlight Latinx writers and have them see other books that they maybe haven’t had access to before,” said Emily Aguilo-Perez, an assistant professor of education and one of the organizers of the event.
“The National College of English teachers host an African American read-in in February and last February, one of our doctoral students did an African American Read-in, and we felt that we should do a Latino one. We just wanted to have the community have exposure to Latino illustrators and authors,” she continued.
While a lot of the books came from the libraries at Penn State, others came from the organizers themselves.
“Some of them come from our own libraries that we have at home since we teach children’s literature we own a lot of them,” Aguilo-Perez said.