Calling all Aurora University “celebrities”!

READSammySpartanMost likely, you’ve seen someone you recognize featured on a READ poster. Perhaps it was a movie star or a famous athlete on a poster at your public library. Or maybe you’ve seen AU “celebrities” on display in Phillips Library. Perhaps you’ve pictured yourself or a friend on one of the posters. Continuing the tradition of featuring students on its READ posters, Phillips Library is offering an opportunity for AU students to participate this year.

Phillips Library is using Instagram to promote its READ poster campaign. Students are invited to post a picture of themselves reading a book in Phillips Library with #aurorauniversity in the caption. They should encourage friends to ‘like’ the post. Two winners will be selected from among the entries, and they will receive a framed copy of the poster as well as be recognized at the annual READ poster unveiling in April. Photos can be posted through Friday, March 14, 2014.

“After a few years of displaying READ posters, students began asking how they could be featured on a poster,” said Amy Manion, Information Services Librarian. “We held our first contest on Facebook. Students posted pictures of themselves reading a book in Phillips Library and then encouraged their friends to ‘like’ their photo. The winning entry had nearly 300 likes. Last year, students were invited to participate in a virtual book club. Questions were posted online about reading and books. We chose two of the most active students who participated to be featured that year.”

READ contestThe American Library Association READ poster campaign was begun by the American Library Association in 1985. The first celebrity READ poster was of Bill Cosby holding a copy of “Treasure Island.” In 2009, Phillips Library obtained the rights from the ALA to feature their own local notable people on READ posters. Some of the “celebrities” featured by Phillips Library over years have included  President Rebecca Sherrick; Denise Hatcher, Professor of Foreign Languages; Kristin Persick, AU ’12 (former AUSA president); Lauren Lawson, AU ’12 (“The Girl with the Whiteboard”); and Toussaint Egan, AU ’13.