Reading Without Walls

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Reading Without Walls

Read beyond your comfort zone.

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What Is Reading Without Walls?

During the 2017-18 academic year, the Kathryn A. Martin Library, UMD, and the Duluth Public Library will take part in a nationwide program celebrating reading and diversity, Reading Without Walls. Our goal for this program is to create a community of readers at UMD and in Duluth and encourage participants to encounter, discuss, and share diverse ideas, characters, genres, and perspectives through reading.

We invite all campus and community members to read outside their comfort zones by completing the following challenge:

  • Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you
  • Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about
  • Read a book in a format or genre that you don’t typically read (graphic novel, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, audiobook, etc.)

How Can I Participate?

To support Reading Without Walls participants, events, resources, and opportunities to discuss and reflect will be provided throughout the program. You can participate in the program in the following ways:

Reading Without Walls badge for character challenge
Reading Without Walls badge for format/genre challenge
Reading Without Walls badge for topic challenge

For more information about Reading Without Walls, contact Kayleen Jones at