February is Black History month and the Los Alamos County Libraries are joining in the celebration by hosting an African-American Read-In 3:45-4:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22.
Readers of all ages are welcome to attend. The Read-In will be held downstairs in the Youth Services Rotunda of Mesa Public Library at 2400 Central Ave.
American writing has been made much richer with the addition of African-American authors. African-Americans are poet laureates, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, and Newbery Award winners. The concept of African-American Read-Ins was developed by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English more than 25 years ago. Read-Ins are held across the country during the month of February, in libraries, schools, churches and community centers.
Library staff has been mining the shelves for the best books by African-American authors, and they’ve come up with some great recommendations. At the Read-In, they will introduce you to some books that are destined to become your new favorites, and remind you of some old favorites with reading lists and displays. Your librarians will help you get started by introducing you to some great authors, but we also welcome your suggestions.
“We’re excited to be hosting our second African-American Read-In,” said Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services. “Last year we had a great time sharing books and this year we are expanding. This year we’ve added elementary school outreach, and two high school classes are visiting to share titles at the library. Our Homeschool Book Club is participating too, so we are happy to be sharing these great books with even more members of our community.”
The White Rock Branch Library will also have book lists and displays with relevant books for adults and children. All of the youth programs during the week of Feb. 15 at both libraries will incorporate special songs, rhymes and stories from African-American writers and artists. For more information about this or any of the library’s youth programs, call 505.662.8258.