The Women’s Center held its second Rosie the Reader event on Oct. 26 to read books to kids as well as provide a fun, activity-filled afternoon.
Geneva Murray, director of the Women’s Center, hosted the event to provide activities such as fishing for toys, a candy corner and face painting, that working parents or student parents could bring their children to.
According to Murray, Rosie the Reader provided a story hour for kids.
“I started having conversations with faculty, staff and students on campus about what we could do to better support them as the Women’s Center, and one of the things that we heard was working parents or students that were parents wanting some activities that they could include their kids in,” Murray said.
Murray said the stories read were all positive messages for children to read.
“It’s an empowering children’s story hour where we have books that we have identified as representative of diversity and inclusion, feminist ideas, social justice, and so we have those books available,” Murray said.
Rosie the Reader was open to children as well as the community.
Megan O’Day, a volunteer at the Women’s Center and OSA Representative for the Women’s Advocacy Council, said Rosie the Reader promoted feminism and empowerment while providing a weekend time for families and children to come together to check out what the Women’s Center has to offer.
“I think it was a really nice thing on the weekends to just try and do to incorporate some reading and some time for the children and the parents or family members,” O’Day said. “And at the same time, be able to check out the Women’s Center, see what we have to offer, check out our book collection and some of the services we have here as well as be able to hear some stories about being strong and being brave, and things you can do as a women’s advocate.”
Parent Katherine McCard brought her children to Rosie the Reader for the first time on Saturday because she said it was good for children to hear different opinions.
“I think it’s good for them to get exposed to different feminist perspectives, and not just what their mom tells them,” McCard said.
Parent Heather Meyer also went to Rosie the Reader for the first time with her daughter. She said she felt the event was valuable because it provided an opportunity to listen to stories that are not sexist.
“I think that every book I see at the library is very hetero-sexist, is very sexist in general,” Meyer said. “I don’t seek them out and I should, but just looking at the shelves you don’t get a lot of opportunity to get access to stories like this, so yeah, I think it’s really valuable.”