Power of Words (February 5):
The Monroe County Public Library and Friends of the Library present The Power of Words: An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson on Saturday, February 5 from 7–8:15 PM at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater! Hear from internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, who gives voice to African American life through more than 30 books, ranging from children's picture books to young adult literature to adult novels. Woodson's compelling stories focus on race, gender, and sexuality with characters who face challenges in powerful tales that are laced with hope. This event is free and most appropriate for ages middle school to adult. Doors open at 6:30 PM and tickets are not required. Please note the Buskirk-Chumley Theater requires proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test. The event will be followed by a ticketed reception at the Downtown Library from 8:30–10 PM. Learn more at mcpl.info/pow.
Our Voice (February 1–March 20):
The Friends of the Library and Monroe County Public Library proudly present Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. This exhibit, curated by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, features 34 prints of illustrations from the award winners since 1973. These award-winning illustrations and children’s books highlight stories and figures from Black history, honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout time. They also evoke the beautiful facets integral to the culture and fabric of our nation such as music, rhythm, and folktales. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are presented annually by the American Library Association to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The exhibit runs February 1–March 20 at the Downtown Library. Learn more and view the exhibit's hours at mcpl.info/ourvoice.
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