Celebrate Black History Month at the Library (and everywhere else)!
We love recommendations to add to our collection! Do you have something you'd like us to consider buying? Email Lynn, drop by to let us know, or fill out the form linked to below.
Thanks for your ideas!
African American Read-In with Authors & Illustrators on YouTube
This year, Multnomah County Library celebrated Black History Month in part with a read-in on Saturday, February 8th. We would like to celebrate the rest of the month by highlighting African American authors and illustrators each morning in C&C. We will share another person's reading, speaking, and thinking in a brief video, linked in a Bulletin announcement. Below are all the announcements in one place so you can view them as you'd like.
For Tuesday 2/11/20
Click here for our first clip, we invite you to enjoy Ashley Bryan speaking about hearing the written word. The clip goes until 7:24 (about 2 minutes)
For Wednesday 2/12/20
Click here for a short video of U.S. Representative, civil rights activist and author, John Lewis, speaks about his book March, vol. 1 (all three titles are available in MS Library). The clip lasts 1 minute 35 seconds.
For Thursday 2/13/20
Click here for a short video of author Rita Williams-Garcia during a “We Need Diverse Books” author visit. We have six of her books available in Catlin Libraries. The clip goes until 1:26 (for 0:54).
For Friday 2/14/20
Click here for a five-minute video of author/illustrator, Faith Ringgold reading the entirety of her book Tar Beach.
For Monday 2/17/20
Click here for an inspirational two minutes with Portland native, Reneé Watson and co-author, Ellen Hagen from their recent book Watch Us Rise.
For Tuesday 2/18/20
Click here for a description by author Varian Johnson of his 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book The Parker Inheritance, which is available in our library. Play the clip until 2:46 (1 minute 6 seconds).
For Wednesday 2/19/20
Click here to watch author Jacqueline Woodson read from her autobiography, that she wrote entirely in poems, Brown Girl Dreaming. The reading runs until 2:00 (1 min 23 sec).
For Thursday 2/20/20
Click here to hear artist Christian Robinson talk about illustrating for young children. The clip lasts 2.5 minutes.
For Friday 2/21/20
Click here for a reading by poet Nikki Giovanni of three of her pieces: Am She, Nikki Rosa, and My House. 2 minutes 38 seconds.
For Monday 2/24/20
Click here to enjoy Jason Reynolds reading from his most recent book, Look Both Ways, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book for 2020. The clip ends at about 4 minutes.
For Tuesday 2/25/20
Click here for Kekla Magoon speaking about her book: Rock & River (to 0:58; for 44 seconds) & about the civil rights movement (to 3:53; for 2 minutes 59 seconds).
For Wednesday 2/26/20
Click here to listen to award winning author Walter Dean Myers speak for one minute about his book Monster (to 3:22).
For Thursday 2/27/20
Click here to hear Angie Thomas perform one of the rap battle raps from her recent book On the Come Up (to 1:37).
For Friday 2/28/20
Click here for a reading by Kwame Alexander of his award-winning book The Undefeated. Published in 2019, it won the 2020 Caldecott Medal and Coretta Scott King Illustrator awards, and is a Newbery Honor Book. Alexander is a poet, who worked with artist Kadir Nelson on this wonderful picture book about indomitable spirit.