Obama reading time aired through the Chicago public library onto screens to help during the pandemic. Michelle and Barack Obama reading time was posted on Thursday as they read one of their favorite books called “The Word Collector”. Barack said, ‘We chose this book because it illustrates the power of words.” The book was written by Peter H. Reynolds and published in 2018.
Other celebrities have joined the Chicago public library for live with the library. Oprah Winfrey will also air, reading her chosen book titled “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse” which is set to post on Monday.
Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child has also dedicated her time to help through the pandemic, as she has been vocal about mental health and anxiety over the past years.
“It’s a way to reach people, to bring the love of stories and books to families,” said Chicago Library Commissioner Andrea Telli.
The stories will be posted on a weekly basis, and include readings from librarians and celebrities.
Musician and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, actress Jane Lynch, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cardinal Blase Cupich have already been posted online.
Others expected to go online in the coming days and weeks include actors John C. Reilly, Henry “The Fonz” Winkler, Bonnie Hunt, Denise Richards and musicians Common and Pete “Fall Out Boy” Wentz.
Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the Catholic nun and uber booster of Loyola University Chicago’s basketball program, is also on board.
Michelle Obama posted the Obama reading time to her social media saying, “When we get active in civic life, we grasp hold of our own power. Young people have an especially important role to play—we need them at the table to truly move this country forward. That’s why I loved seeing these students from Chicago use their voices to take on today’s challenges. As a graduate of @ChiPubSchools myself, I am so proud to be in the company of these terrific young leaders. Keep making our city—and our country—proud!”