The Red Shelf
According to the Pew Research Center, today 27% of adults say they have not read any books in the past year, and research shows that Hispanic and Black adults are more likely than white adults to report not having read a book in the past 12 months. The purpose of our reading series is to cultivate an environment of active readers while also supporting the work of Black Female authors. In turn, we want to create a sense of accountability that leads to a long-term habit of reading. Our program intentionally used texts published by Black authors to continue supporting the Black community.