Library staff launches ‘Marshall Reads 150-Plus’ campaign

WVReads150Plus_logoMarshall University Libraries is encouraging students, faculty and staff to join a program of the West Virginia Center for the Book in reading 150 books or more during the course of 2014.

A launch party will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Drinko Library Atrium,  said Sabrina Thomas of Marshall University Libraries.

“Marshall University Libraries encourages our patrons to read 150-plus books individually or by joining a team here at the library to read 150-plus books collectively,” said Thomas, who is a digital learning librarian at Marshall.

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, Thomas said.  Those interested in forming a team are asked to fill out the registration form on the library’s website at or fill out a paper form at the Drinko Library Circulation Desk. For more information, call ext.6-2334.

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.

At the end of each semester, names will be drawn from all participants and prizes will be awarded.  To be eligible for the first drawing, forms must be submitted by Tuesday, April 15.  The first prize drawing is Wednesday, April 30.

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 or