International Literacy Day Celebration a Great Success!

On September 8, 2015, the Department of Literacy Studies, Teaching Resource Center, and Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County partnered together to celebrate International Literacy Day. The celebration included a free book exchange outside of Joyner Library on East Carolina University’s campus.

Department representatives, along with partners from the Teaching Resource Center and Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County engaged with over 200 students, staff, and faculty to exchange books and talk about local and international literacy statistics. Participants were able to choose titles from non-fiction, fiction, and children’s literature.

Dr. Katherine Misulis stated, “Literacy, as we know, is such an essential ability – and unfortunately still so many experience it as a challenge. Highlighting the importance of literacy to others speaks volumes about its importance, and causes all to truly appreciate it as a vital element of our lives.”

It was a successful afternoon as many of the students expressed their interest in reading and were excited about the opportunity to trade books for free.

For more information about International Literacy Day, visit