Westmoreland Reads

The goal of the Westmoreland Reads program is to encourage the Westmoreland County community to read and engage with a common read. Individuals and organizations are invited to form formal and informal reading groups. The program continues throughout the year, and groups may form at any time. Additional programming related to the themes in the book will be hosted by partnering organizations.

The book for this year is How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith

How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith book cover and author photo

More information about the book and author >>

Please bookmark this page and visit often for updated information on programs, reading groups and other materials.

Reading group materials

Discussion Questions by Chapter

General Discussion Questions

Upcoming Related Events

  • February 10 from 9-11am  - Stories and Crafts for Kids. In Honor of Black History Month and co- sponsored by the Pitt-Greensburg PSEA and the YWCA Westmoreland - Location - 424 N. Main St, Greensburg, PA
  • February 20 at 6pm - Book Discussion event at the YWCA Westmoreland. Call the YWCA at 724-834-9390 for additional information or to register.
  • February 25 at 6pm - Book discussion event at First Presbyterian CHurch in Greensburg spponsored by PFLAG Greensburg, Westmoreland LGBTQ Interfaith Network, and First Presbyterian Church.

March 20 at 7pm - Virtual event with Clint Smith, author of How the Word is Passed. Community members will be able to attend virtually. Please register for the online event using this link. Once registered, you will receive a Zoom link for the event.

OR join one of the following in person watch parties:

Clint Smith watch parties beginning at 7pm, Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Ferguson Theater on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus 

Murtha Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus 

Past Events

  • Diversity in Teaching workshop - Discussing race in the classroom. Thursday, September 14 from 5:30-7pm in Village Hall 118 on the Pitt-Greensburg campus - This interactive, one-hour workshop will allow educators and social service professionals of all backgrounds to think about how to talk about race - Open to the public
  • Trip to downtown Charlottesville and Monticello - Friday, October 6-Saturday, October 7 - Open to Pitt-Greensburg students
  • Diversity in Teaching workshop - Trauma and its impact on learning. Thursday, October 19 from 5:30-7pm in Village Hall 118 on the Pitt-Greensburg campus - This workshop focuses on the impact of trauma on students and adults in terms of education, work, and relationships - Open to the public
  • Historians on History Series with Dr. Tiana Wilson - Wednesday, November 8 from 11:30am-1pm on Zoom - Open to the public

Help Us Make an Impact

We hope you will help us make an impact in our community. Become a sponsor and/or facilitator to show your support for this program. Westmoreland Reads is looking for:

  • Sponsors
  • Facilitators for formal reading groups
  • Volunteers to host informal groups with their friends and family
  • Teachers and professors to adopt the book as reading for their classes

Guiding materials will be provided to all facilitators, volunteers, and teachers.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Sheila Confer sec10@pitt.edu or 724-836-9905 with any questions or for more information.


Signature Sponsors

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Westmoreland Community Action

Friends of Millstein Library

PFLAG Greensburg

Supporting Sponsors

Independence Health System

Karlice Makuchan

NAACP - Johnstown Chapter

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ligonier Valley

Westmoreland LGBTQ Interfaith Network

Class Sponsors

Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Community Partners

Thank you to our 2023-2024 community partners who are helping to facilitate Westmoreland Reads
Adelphoi Village
Blackburn Center
Community Foundation of Westmoreland County
Friends of Millstein Library
NAACP - Johnstown Chapter
PFLAG Greensburg
Seton Hill University
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley
United Way of SWPA
Unity in the Community
Westmoreland Community Action
Westmoreland LQBTQ Interfaith Network
Westmoreland County Community College
Westmoreland Diversity Coalition
Westmoreland Library Network
Westmoreland Museum of American Art
YWCA of Westmoreland County