Tribury Reads Together Website
A group of community volunteers have come together to launch a new initiative called “Tribury Reads Together.”
“Tribury Reads Together’s mission is to bring our communities together through reading and discussing books that enrich our understanding of the world around us,” said Kevin Jennings, a member of the TRT steering committee and a spokesperson for the group. “Founded by community volunteers, TRT will choose a theme for each reading, review possible titles for quality and appropriateness, and then submit a “short list” to the community for consideration, with the winning title being chosen by popular vote and being the one that community members are encouraged to read together. TRT will then organize small group discussions for those who wish to take part where community members can come together with trained facilitators who will help them share their thoughts and learn together.”
“For our first theme, we have chosen the experience of being Black,“ said Julia Bower Richardson, a Pomperaug High School Class of 2019 graduate and current student at Cornell University who is also a spokesperson for the group. “We plan to then organize biannual reads that explore other themes such as the experiences of white people, Asian/Pacific Islanders, LatinX people, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+ people, women, people with disabilities, religious minorities, and other strands of the diverse American population. We will offer both an adult and a youth title each time to make it possible for all generations to participate in the program.”
"Tribury Reads Together provides a shared literary experience to launch community-wide conversations. Region 15’s partnership with the community towards these efforts is invaluable. These experiences enrich our community and reflect our work towards developing community respect and compassion for all aspects of diversity and is part of the work of the Equity and Inclusion Council," said Dr. Carrie Chiappetta, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Region 15.
To learn more, go to Tribury Reads Together. If interested in volunteering with TRT, please contact Kevin Jennings (email@example.com) or Julia Bower Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org).