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The program is sponsored by the West Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the importance of books and reading.
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MU Reads 150+

The year-long reading initiative encourages MU students, faculty and staff to read 150 books or more during the course of 2014.  The books can be in any format (printed book, e-book, downloadable text, audio book, etc.) and from any source.  Books can be on any topic, fiction or non-fiction.

Marshall University Libraries encourages our patrons to read 150+ books individually or by joining a team here at the library to read 150+ books collectively.  Teams can have any number of members, choose a name, select a leader to keep track of the books read by team members, and register at the library.  All participants will be eligible for a chance to win prizes!  If you are interested in forming a team, please fill out the registration form on the Library's website or fill out a paper form at the Drinko Library Circulation Desk.  For more information call 304-696-2334.

At the end of each semester, names will be drawn from all participants and prizes will be awarded.    

The program is sponsored by the West Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the importance of books and reading. The West Virginia Center for the Book brings this message to audiences statewide. The Center highlights the state’s unique literary heritage, from its earliest storytellers to modern novelists and poets.

The West Virginia Center for the Book is a project of the West Virginia Library Commission. More information is available at

Questions?  Check with any member of WVReads150+ @ Marshall

Gretchen Beach

Kelli Johnson

Christine Lewis

Sabrina Thomas

Ron Titus


Welcome Back Readers!

On Sepetember 10, 2014 we celebrated the second stage of our year-long celebration of reading.  We held a reception in the Drinko LIbrary atrium and nearly 50 people attended!  We were thrilled that some new particpants attended as well as people who have been part of this effort since the beginning of the year.

We had refreshments, drawings, prizes and a sneak peak at the Banned Books Week display. That raised lots of questions....some students had no idea that a kid named Harry Potter has been banned or challnged in some libraries.  They were surprised at some of the other books that have been banned or challenged. There were some lively discussions throughout the room.

After nearly 9 months of this reading challenge this is what we've learned:

  • There are avid readers in all parts of the Marshall University community --- adminstrators, faculty, staff, students, and friends are all participating.
  • Since the beginning of the program 120 participants have read more than 2300 books! 
  • In an informal poll, it seems like there is an even split between those who like to read from "real books" and those who enjoy a good book in alternate formats such as ebooks and audio books.

Watch for another update and an final wrap up party in early December where we will once again celebrate the passion for reading with drawings, prizes, and refreshments.


We have a Winner!

Congratulations are in order for Kayla Harris, the winner of the April WV Reads drawing!

We also want to congratulate the 119 readers in 23 teams who have read 1,320 books in January - March 2014. 

Keep reading because we will have another drawing at the end of the summer.


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