The African American Read-In Bunch Book Display

January through February 28, 2021

The UMKC Libraries celebrate Black History Month with our 12th annual African American Read-In, and this display of works from our collections by African American authors. The African American Read-In celebrates African American literature and literacy with readings of excepts from poetry, speeches, stories, and other works of literature created by African American authors and artists.

The Read-In was founded at UMKC by Gloria Tibbs, who retired last month after just short of 20 years with the UMKC Libraries. As the 2021 Read-In will be our first virtual one, we recognize Gloria in the book display banner with the place of honor at the center of our Zoom meeting-styled “African American Read-In Bunch.” 

Visit this book display at the UMKC Library during the month of February, to find a book to check out and take home, or to gather inspiration for what you would like to share at the African American Read-In.

We hope you’ll join us at the virtual African American Read-In on February 15, 2021 at 2:00-3:00 pm CST, and we hope to return to gathering in person for the Read-In in 2022. Sign up to join us! 

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Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table


The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

Wall with exhibit content

Conference Room 325

Located on the Third Floor of Miller Nichols Library. For access, enter the library at the north ground floor entrance or the west first floor entrance. Then take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor..

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