I started off my posts for the ALSC Blog with pictures of our Black History Month display last year. Well, my staff came up with a great display again this year, so I wanted to share it!!
Our bulletin board and display celebrates Black authors and illustrators. On the bulletin board, we have photos of Black authors and illustrators along with some of their book covers. Our tech department saves book jackets for us whenever possible and we use them in our displays. We also have a color printer, so we can print out book covers, too.
The books on display are books by Black authors and illustrators, along with some books on Black history.
We pull extra books that we shelve on the display shelves to make it easy for staff to refill the display when the books get checked out. Two great resources we used to find Black authors and illustrators are The Brown Bookshelf (now celebrating 28 days of Black authors and illustrators!) and the Coretta Scott King Book Award winners.
In addition to this display, which will be up all month long, we are giving two programs celebrating Black illustrators by sharing some of their books, information about them, and doing art in their style. There are many fantastic Black illustrators and this year we’re celebrating Ashley Bryan and E. B. Lewis.
So, what are you doing for Black History Month in your library? Have a favorite Black author or illustrator that we should all know?
— Abby Johnson, Children’s Manager
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
New Albany, IN