Essay by John V Fleming
16 February 2011
Recommendations from our interns
21 February 2011

Celebrating Black History Month: Good Reads and Workshops

Ialtt’s Black History Month in the US, and we’re celebrating here at the library all month long. Come check out the expo by Jane Weissman – Images of the African Diaspora in New York City Community Murals. We’re also pleased to welcome children and young adults to join us for one of Jane’s two workshops this month. This Friday night, February 18, teens are invited to join us for snacks and good discussion as we use the expo for inspiration while making our own “mudcloth” scarves. There are still a few spaces left, so call the library to sign up!
Children ages 6+ are invited to a similar workshop on Saturday afternoon, where we will create our own symbols and a new work of art for the Library.
Along with all of the great activities this month, there’s always time to fit in a good read. Here are our picks for children and young adults who want to learn more about African American history (all books below can be found in our collection):
Alligator Bayou By Donna Jo Napoli
Found in: J NAP (Young Adult)
Bone by Bone by Bone by Tony Johnston
Found in: J JOH (Young Adult)
Harlem Hustle By Janet McDonald
Found in: YA MCD 
The Watsons go to Birmingham By Christopher Paul Curtis

Found in:  J CUR (Children’s Library – Juvenile Fiction)

Barack Obama: An American story By Roberta Edwards
Found in: JB Ob11E (Juvenile Biographies)

Sounder by William H. Armstrong
Found in: J ARM (Children’s Library – Juvenile Fiction)

Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Found in: EP (Children’s Library – Picture Books)

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama
Found in: EO (Children’s Library – Picture Books)

Ellington Was Not A Street by Ntozake Shange
Found in: ES (Children’s Library – Picture Books)