MSU is partnering with ELPL for a monthly Social Justice Reading Group aimed at youth ages 4 to 11 (preschool to fifth grade) held at the library. The aim of the reading group is to engage youth in critical exploration of social justice topics through children's literature. MSU faculty with expertise in a specific social justice area will read a couple of children's books on that month's social justice topic (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, social class, Indigenous rights, LGBTQ, protest). After the book readings, MSU teacher candidates will facilitate small group discussions on the month's social justice topic. Teen volunteers from the Greater Lansing Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will assist with discussions and craft activities. Support for this program is provided by several units at MSU; the Department of Teacher Education, the College of Education, The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and Lyman Briggs College. The Social Justice Reading Group is organized by MSU faculty Georgina Montgomery and Dorinda Carter Andrews.
The May Social Justice Reading Group will meet on Saturday, August 19 from 10:30 am to Noon at the East Lansing Public Library.
The program is limited to the first 150 children to sign-up. Additional signs-up will be placed on the waiting list and contacted the week prior to the event if spaces open up.