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Reading Without Walls is a 3-part reading challenge for all students and employees.

Forms

Please complete the registration form if you would like to participate in Reading Without Walls. After you complete each challenge, remember to fill out the challenge submission form! 

Registration Form: Use this form to sign up for the Reading Without Walls program

Challenge #1 Submission Form: Complete this form to submit your title for the first challenge.  Click here to see some of the titles other people have read to complete this challenge.

Challenge #2 Submission Form: Complete this form to submit your title for the second challenge.  Click here to see some of the titles other people have read to complete this challenge.

Challenge #3 Submission Form: Complete this form to submit your title for the third challenge.  Click here to see some of the titles other people have read to complete this challenge.

Prizes!

Participants will earn a prize for registering and for each challenge they complete for a total of up to four prizes! The challenges can be done in any order, and prizes will be given out as follows:

Registration: Brown Kraft notebook with RWW sticker

First prize:  RWW button

Second prize: Fun reading stickers

Third prize: Musselman library coaster

Participants who complete all three challenges will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card. 

Please note: Due to the campus closure, prizes are no longer available to pick up at the Check-Out desk. Please email us at read_without_walls@gettysburg.edu and we will be happy to mail your prizes to you!

Borrowing Books from Musselman

Please note: due to the campus closure, the library is currently closed. Our digital collections remain available. For more information on accessing library resources, see the Guide to Library Resources During Campus Closure.

eBooks are also available to download for mobile reading. Check our our eBooks guide for more information on how to access these resources.

Need inspiration? Our Read for Fun guide contains a variety of popular materials, including our Summer Reads and Next Page recommendations.

Program Description

Expand your world! Earn prizes! Read Without Walls!

Reading Without Walls is a 3-part reading challenge for all students and employees. Choose titles that take you beyond your comfort zone to encounter new ideas and perspectives.  The program runs from January 20-March 27, 2020 (note: due to the campus closure, we have extended the program deadline to May 1).  Here’s the challenge:

  1. Read a book about a person/character from a different background or culture than yours
  2. Read a book on a topic you don’t know much about
  3. Read a book in a format or genre that you don’t normally read for fun (graphic novel, audiobook, poetry, etc.)

Participants will earn prizes upon registration and as challenges are completed.  Fun events (like a Silent Reading Party and Speed Dating with a Book) will provide opportunities for readers to share titles and to develop our campus reading community. 

To register for the program and to add your contact information to the email list, please complete the registration form.

Reading Without Walls is sponsored by Musselman Library with support from the Gettysburg College Wellness Committee in collaboration with HACC Gettysburg.

Questions? Email read_without_walls@gettysburg.edu.

Need help facilitating a discussion?

Musselman Library has compiled some tips that will help anyone facilitate a lively book discussion, whether you're gathering as a group in person or from a distance. Please let us know if you have additional ideas or what to share what worked (or not).

Tips for Book Discussion Facilitators

Join us!

Reading Without Walls logo with person holding a hammer behind a broken down wall

Reading Without Walls logo by Mary Elmquist.

2020 Events by Date

Silent Reading Party

January 30, 2020 - 12:00-1:00 pm

Browsing Room, Library Main Level

Join fellow readers in enjoying a dedicated hour of silent reading! Light refreshments will be provided.  

Speed Dating with a Book

February 13, 2020 - 4:30-5:30 pm

Browsing Room, Library Main Level

Do you love to read and talk about books? Join fellow readers in this fun event for sharing what you’ve enjoyed reading recently and to get recommendations for what to read next! Light refreshments will be provided.  

Silent Reading Party

February 25, 2020 - 4:00-5:00 pm

Browsing Room, Library Main Level

Join fellow readers in enjoying a dedicated hour of silent reading! Light refreshments will be provided.  

Let’s Talk Books!  A Reading Roundtable Discussion - CANCELED 

March 12, 2020 - 12:00-1:00 pm

Browsing Room, Library Main Level

What have you read recently that you would recommend to a friend? What book made the biggest impact on you as a child or young adult? What book inspired action in your life? Join a community of readers for tackling these questions and others. As a bonus, you’ll likely walk away with recommendations on what to read next! Light refreshments will be provided. 

Stop Bias at the Burg Book Discussions - POSTPONED until Fall 2020

March 18, 2020 - Noon - 2:00 pm

Glatfelter Lodge - The Book of Joy (facilitated by Kristin Largen)
CUB 208 - Transgender 101 (facilitated by Troy Johnson)
OME 102 Classroom - White Fragility (facilitated by Cassie Hays)

 

Reading Without Walls Final Celebration - CANCELED

March 26, 2020 - 4:00-5:30 pm

Browsing Room, Library Main Level

We'll have one final gathering to celebrate reading and share what we've learned.

Let’s Talk Books (Virtually)!  A Reading Roundtable Discussion 

April 14, 2020 - 4:00-5:00EDT

Zoom (please email read_without_walls@gettysburg.edu for the link!)

What have you been reading from home? What was the last book you checked out before leaving campus? What book makes you smile? What book inspired action in your life? Join a community of readers from where ever it is you are based for tackling these questions and others. As a bonus, you’ll likely sign off with recommendations on what to read next, as well as get to say hello to some friendly campus faces!  

Stop Bias at the Burg - Book Discussions March 18 (Moved to Fall 2020)

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

We couldn't find pre-packaged discussion questions for this book. However, the Transgender 101: Identity, Inclusion, and Resources website from Unitarian Universalist Association may be useful. Also see Tips for Book Discussion Facilitators from Musselman Library.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Discussion questions from LitLovers are available for this book. Also see Tips for Book Discussion Facilitators from Musselman Library.