Building Community with a Project LIT Book Club

Have you heard great things about Project LIT Book Club? Are you looking for ways to celebrate and promote literacy? Do you want to increase access to high-quality, culturally sustaining books that affirm and value all students?

Project LIT Book Club chapters all look a little different, but they all create safe spaces for courageous conversations, amplify the voices and stories of people of color, and champion books that reflect young people’s lived realities, communities, and identities. Even better, they empower students to become school and community leaders.

Join founder Jarred Amato and school librarians Kristin Fraga Sierra and Tyler Sainato to learn how to bring Project LIT Book Club to your setting. They’ll describe their own Project LIT journeys, explain what it means to be a Project LIT leader from both the librarian/teacher and student perspective, and share Project LIT’s updated book lists. Come with questions and your own stories!

Kristin Fraga Sierra, MEd, is the teacher librarian at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington. She is advisor of Project Lit Abes Book Club, a chapter of grassroots literacy movement the Project Lit Community. Kristin co-wrote a chapter in the book Core Values in School Librarianship: Responding with Commitment and Courage (Libraries Unlimited, 2021). As a Cuban-American, she is a proud member of the Latinx community. Connect on Instagram and Twitter @lincolnabesread or school library blog:

Tyler Sainato is a former high school teacher who loved books and advocacy so much that she decided to become a school librarian. By day she works with amazing young people in her building, and by night she goes home to her family and new baby in Nashville, TN. Winner of the Innovative Librarian Award from the Tennessee Association of School Librarians, she works to bring creative and inventive ideas to her library. She loves to create escape games and other immersive experiences for her school community. She has worked closely with the Project LIT community over the last five years and has seen her own chapter evolve as the world has changed. Her current chapter has not only made an impact on their local community, but they have also been recognized nationally.

Jarred Amato, EdD, is an award-winning English teacher from Nashville, TN, and the co-founder of Project LIT Community, a national grassroots literacy movement. Jarred is an avid reader and writer who enjoys collaborating with fellow educators to improve literacy access, attitudes, and outcomes in our schools and communities. Dr. Amato received his BA in English and History from Vanderbilt University, his MAT from Belmont University, and his EdD from Lipscomb University. You can follow Jarred at @jarredamato and @projectlitcomm on Twitter!

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Thursday, January 27 @ 4:00 PM EST

Join us to:

  • Learn about Project LIT’s grassroots efforts to increase book access and promote a love of reading
  • Hear stories from successful Project LIT chapters
  • Get ideas for starting your own Project LIT book club

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