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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, fill out the challenge submission form - and don't forget to stop by the Check-Out desk to claim your prize!

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 gift card from a local vendor (TBD). 

All prizes can be picked up at the library Check-Out desk after submitting your challenge prompt.

Borrowing Books from Musselman

All individuals associated with the college are able to enjoy the library's physical and digital collections. Faculty, administrators, and staff are able to check out books over the winter break. Students wishing to check out books over winter break should ask for an extension at the Check Out desk.

For more information about our circulation policies for students, faculty, and staff, please read the circulation policies on our website.

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.  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. 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

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

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)
CUB 260 - White Fragility (facilitated by Cassie Hays)

 

Reading Without Walls Final Celebration

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.

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Stop Bias at the Burg - Book Discussions March 18

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.