This Fall semester, the UNT Libraries will participate in the Great Stories Club: The Art of Change reading and discussion series. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, this is a program to serve at-risk young adults. Of 75 awardees, the UNT Libraries is the only academic library to receive the award without a non-academic partner institution.

The program is centered on a book-club style reading of three titles themed around personal transformation through adversity: M. K. Asante’s Buck, Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, and Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis. As part of the award, we received copies of the books for 8 participants, and have placed additional copies on reserve. Students completing the program will be allowed to keep the books.

Copies of the books are also on reserve at the Willis Library service desk. Ask for the titles reserved for "Great Stories Club."

The schedule for the programs is as follows:

  • Kick Off Meeting: September 16, 2-3 p.m., Willis 250H (prospective student participants and partner organizations)
  • Reading Group Kickoff: September 27, 5-6:30 p.m., Willis 250C (committed participants and partner organizations; Alexie distributed)
  • Alexie Discussion Group: October 11, 5-6:30 p.m., Willis 250C
  • Asante Discussion Group: October 25, 5-6:30 p.m., Willis 250C
  • Satrapi Discussion Group: November 15, 5-6:30p.m., Willis 250C
  • Wrap Up Celebration: November 29, 5-6:30 p.m., Willis 250H

​For questions about the events, please email Dr. Spencer Keralis,


Friday, September 16, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm


Willis Library
Willis 250H