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It’s L.I.T. (Literature Influencing Thought) is our newest literary café, and we are excited to read and discuss The Light We Carry by Former First Lady Michelle Obama.


The event will be on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 2  p.m. at the Schaumburg Township Library (130 S. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60193). 

To check out a copy from the Schaumburg Township Library (*must have active library card*):

  1.  Go to the “Ask Us” desk on the 2nd floor of the library. 

  2.  Request a copy of the book AND mention the January 28th book discussion (*all copies are reserved       for this purpose*).

  3. You will have six weeks to read the book and return it.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols: 

  • For everyone’s safety, masks (covering nose & mouth) must be worn by all attendees, if not eating or drinking.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available.

  • To the extent possible, seats will be set up to allow for social distancing.

  • If you are ill, please stay home!  We host many public events throughout the year and will gladly welcome you at another when you’re feeling better.

According to CBS News, in the book’s introduction, Former First Lady Michelle Obama writes,


“I’ve learned it’s okay to recognize that self-worth comes wrapped in vulnerability, and that what we share as humans on this earth is the impulse to strive for better, always and no matter what.”


Reserve your copy at the Schaumburg Township Public Library or purchase it online through Amazon and other retailers.


In an effort to both raise awareness and BE A LIGHT in a dark place, we are collecting donations to support Delta House/Vashti Village located in Eswatini (Africa).  100% of proceeds collected (less PayPal fees, if donations are made via PayPal) will be donated to the Delta House.  Donations are being accepted now through the end of the “It’s L.I.T.” event on January 28, 2023.  Click HERE to donate.


Delta House/Vashti Village

The Delta House was dedicated in 2002 and is a home for children who became orphans due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  The orphanage has two structures built to accommodate 12 children per structure with a housemother.  Currently, there are 25 children in residence.  Monetary donations are used to cover school fees and uniforms, clothing and shoes, hygiene supplies, health care, bedding supplies, towels, sanitary feminine care for the girls, computers, operation overhead cost to include salary for staff on site, food and clean water.  The village is still a work in progress as the special needs escalate with COVID 19 and climate change.


Why Should I Support This Cause?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed 40.1 million (33.6-48.6 million) lives so far.  There were an estimated 38.4 million (33.9-43.8 million) people living with HIV at the end of 2021, two thirds of whom (25.6 million) are in WHO African Region.  The HIV epidemic not only affects the health of individuals, but it also impacts households, communities, and the development and economic growth of nations.  Many of the countries hardest hit by HIV also suffer from other infectious diseases, food insecurity, and other serious problems (


World AIDS Day & Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

World AIDS Day, designated on December 1st, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic.  People around the world unite to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.  In observance of World AIDS Day, individual chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated host activities and events November 27th through January 31st.  Members of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter and its supporters are joining together, raising their lights, to show the children of the Delta House/Vashti Village that they are not alone.  Join us with your monetary donation!


Again, this is an optional activity.  We welcome you WITH OPEN ARMS to the literary café (It’s L.I.T. – “Literature Influencing Thought”) whether you donate or not!  🙂