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Media Advisory - Two Queen's students live in library to raise funds for literacy

Monday, January 22, 2018

KINGSTON – Journalists are invited to a media event with Queen’s University students Michelle Whittall (Ed’18) and Tanya Lakobson (Artsci’19). The two students will live, eat, and sleep in the Joseph S. Stauffer Library for seven consecutive days to raise funds and awareness for world literacy and gender equality in education.


A tent will be set up for the campers in the atrium of Stauffer Library at noon on Sunday, January 20, and Ms. Whittall and Ms. Lakobson are staying at the campsite for the entirety of the following week, leaving only to go to class and to shower. In addition to engaging with library patrons, university and community members, Queen's Room to Read will also be holding daily activities including bake sale, a social media scavenger hunt, spin-the-wheel and a raffle.

All proceeds from Live-In for Literacy support Room to Read and their programs in school and library construction, girls' education, local language publishing, teacher training and curriculum development in developing areas of Asia and Africa. Queen's Room to Read also plans to give back to the Kingston community this year by holding a book drive for the Kingston Youth Shelter.


Queen’s University students Michelle Whittall and Tanya Lakobson.


The media are welcome to attend a media opportunity with both campers and the co-chairs on Tuesday, January 23 at 11:30 am at Joseph S. Stauffer Library.

Photos of the students and their campsite.


Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca