Read, Discuss, Meet and Act: The Power of Words

1 hour

Join Monroe County (Ind.) Public Library to learn about Read, Discuss, Meet, and Act: The Power of Words, a community-wide reading and discussion program series featuring the graphic novel "March." The program was the winner of the 2017 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award.

In 2015, Monroe County Public Library partnered with its Friends organization to lead a coalition of more than 12 local civic and nonprofit organizations in hosting the program series Read, Discuss, Meet, and Act: The Power of Words. More than 5,000 people participated in the community-wide reading and discussion of the graphic novel "March." For the central event, the library hosted a free program with the authors of "March," Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

Join Michael Hoerger, communications and marketing manager at Monroe County Public Library, for a discussion on how the series came to be and an overview of the Read, Discuss, Meet, and Act model. Michael will share how working with local partners made the event successful and more impactful for the community, while building a firm foundation for community engaged partnerships and future programs.

Participants of this session will learn:

  • The components of the Read, Discuss, Meet and Act model.
  • Ways to build local and engaged partnerships to help craft meaningful community programs.
  • How to create an engaging community-wide reading and discussion program centered on a graphic novel.

Download a copy of the slides.

Michael Hoerger headshot

Michael Hoerger is the communications and marketing manager at Monroe County Public Library, where he sets the foundation and leads the creation and delivery of the library’s comprehensive communications and marketing strategy. He has worked in marketing and graphic design for nonprofits for more than 15 years. Prior to joining Monroe County Public Library, Hoerger managed online communications for the independent news program Democracy Now!