PWR TURNS ONE

I can’t believe it, but as September ends,the Powerful Women Readers group turns one year old.  The group was (re)formed in September of 2015 (See “Introduction” March 4, 2016), and the blog took life last March.  The name, which someone graciously commented on liking, was the result of a contest to select the name in our Alvin, Texas, Branch of AAUW. We were originally organized as an on-line group, and decided to meet face-to-face once every quarter.  We haven’t stuck to that plan, but we have had three get togethers and the fourth (overdue) is coming up the second week in October.  We have read, put books in a big pile in the middle of my living room floor and greedily taken what we wanted to read, and have more than once replenished my LFL (Little Free Library) with books for adults and children alike.  One of us has established her own LFL, and although it has been vandalized once, she is spreading literacy in nearby Manvel, Texas.

Even more important, we have formed bonds as “girlfriends” and have alerted each other to issues of literacy, women’s empowerment (or lack thereof), and just “been there” to encourage each other toward reading and life-long learning.  It has been a good year, full of fun, great food, and a special fellowship.

In the approach to the six month birthday of the blog, I would like to see two things: guest posts from the group about what they are reading and how reading more books is affecting their lives and more commenting/sharing about books we have read in common.

Contact me, either by clicking the contact line on this blog or at my personal e-mail address to volunteer or to make suggestions to improve either the blog or the group as a whole. I am looking forward to your reply.

RAE

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Author: Rae Longest

This year, I will have been a member of AAUW (American Association of University Women) for fifty years, a life time member (which means my fellow AAUW members will begin to pay my annual dues. (ha ha) In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015 and went on from there (See "Introduction",first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 27th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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