Reading Against the Odds is about reading

and learning about our community and


A selection of some of the things we have


Books Read:


  • The Bluest Eye  
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • The Women of Brewster Place
  • All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
  • Dreams From My Father
  • Go Tell it On the Mountain
  • Cry, The Beloved Country
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
  • A Mercy
  • Devil in a Blue Dress
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Hamlet
  • The Adventures of Augie March
  • Invisible Man
  • The Joy Luck Club
  • Urban Quartet
  • The Book Thief
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Places Visited:

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • DuSable Museum (multiple visits)
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Steppenwolf Theatre (multiple visits)
  • Court Theatre
  • Spertus Institute
  • Nature Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Chinese American Museum
  • Two students traveled to New York City for the "Innovations in Reading" Awards Luncheon in 2012 
  • Roosevelt University Science Laboratories
  • "The Big Read" at Columbia College Library
  • StoryCorps Booth @ Chicago Cultural Center
Things Created:

  • Collages
  • Poetry
  • Decorated journals to write in
  • Conference presentations
  • Reflective writings