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Real Men Read Webinar

By Lesley Farmer posted 11-12-2021 15:37


The November 12, 2021 webinar hosted by the Special Library Association Academic & Education Community and ACRL's EBSS Education Committee featured Neil Grimes who discussed the Real Men Read program, a community outreach literacy program.  


Neil Grimes serves as Coordinator of the Curriculum Materials Center and works with the Reference and Education Departments.  He has 13 years’ experience working in an urban school district in northeastern Pennsylvania. His research interests include:  community based literacy programs, Real Men Read, male mentorship, academic library-school partnerships, virtual professional development, library outreach initiatives, and the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The recording is available at
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The Real Men Read program, a community outreach literacy program, was organized by the David and Lorraine Cheng Library and partnered with the university’s College of Education to identify and place mentors at nearby Pre-K-6th grade classes in schools in northern New Jersey. The goal of the Real Men Read initiative was to provide PreK-6 students, especially boys, the opportunity to meet male mentors from the William Paterson University community who have a love of reading and learning in an effort to encourage their library usage and reading activities. The program was conducted in-person at first, but now is being conducted virtually through Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom. 


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