It Takes a Village by Emily Pendergrass

Nerdy Book Club

Reading is a social practice. Reading could be viewed as something that people do in private – like the iconic image of curling up with a good book. However, for others, and me curling up with a good book, while solitary in that particular moment, is embedded in social purposes. I curl up in a hammock swinging between two trees on a cool day to read a book so that I can escape reality for a short while and at a later time engage in conversations with my friends. Reading facilitates interaction, communication, and collaboration in our communities.

Pendergrass_HammockPromoting a love of reading is one of the best parts of my job. Twice a month, I work with Patterson Read and Play Saturdays (RAPS). Throughout the school year, local middle school students are recruited to come to Vanderbilt University and read and play with a huge variety of books. These…

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