Visit WCMA’s Reading Room to sign up in person, or stop by one of our pop-up events to take part.
Tuesdays and Fridays, July 6–Aug 24, 1–3 PM
Ponder the philosophical and personal with our librarian-in-residence in the Reading Room.
Come for lemonade and a lunchtime chat about books submitted to People’s Library. Williams faculty lead the discussion.
Here’s what we are reading this summer:
Yertle The Turtle by Dr. Seuss
Janneke van de Stadt, Professor of Comparative Literature
On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
Damian Turner, Professor of Biology
Thank You For Being Late by Thomas Friedman
Steven Nafziger, Professor of Economics
The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood
Alison Case, Professor of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
In 1889, benefactor Eliza Field envisioned “a literary resort for students” in Lawrence Hall. She wished “to give a more homelike aspect” to the college library, now WCMA’s Rotunda. Two small reading room additions opened in 1890. Today, WCMA’s Reading Room reinvigorates its legacy as a site of social learning and a center for public intellectual life. It is a cozy, intimate space to linger and study, a gathering spot for meetings, and home to collaborative programs, projects, and conversations.