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Members of a local fraternity read to children

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library had some special guest readers come out as a part of Black History Month on Tuesday, as members of the Alphi Phi Alphi Fraternity dropped in to read theme related stories kids in the children's department.

This event is a part of the African American Read In, which is going on the entire month of February.

Director of Youth Services for the library, Kay Taylor, says this event is just one more way they work to encourage reading in the community. "Black History Month is always important," Taylor said. "And if we can inject literacy into that by doing the read in and introducing children and their families to African American authors they may not have picked up and read before."

Taylor says they have participated in this program for several years now. The program was originally started in 1990 by the National Council of Teachers. Taylor says they're excited to see how many people they've reached. "We'll turn in our numbers," Taylor said. "As to how many people listened to a story by an African American author."

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity member, Joshua Murphy, says this is a way to give back. "It is essential to provide community service in the community," Murphy said. "And we just wanted to give the children something to look forward to."

Taylor says they work to educate and expose their patrons to new things. "Reading is important," Taylor said. "Authors are important. And when they come to this event and hear these stories, maybe they're going to find a new author and really like the writing that they may have never tried before had we not read this in the read in. It also gives families and children a chance to experience maybe another culture."

Murphy says he's proud to participate in a program that works to inspire children. "It helps kids to hear a story from someone else," Murphy said. "Your teacher may teach you one way or a different way, but then when you learn from someone outside of school they may teacher in a fun and interesting way. So, if you learn from someone who's closer to your age or younger like you then you'll probably relate to them more."

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