Friday, February 3, 2012

Black History Month

We've blinked, January's gone by, and it's now February already.

But February brings us to Black History Month! And if you're looking for related books, movies, etc, Miss Julie has gathered numerous materials, which you will find in our new giant book display area. Don't miss some great reads, listens (with our audiobooks), and fun & educational watches with our DVDs. (The Elijah of Buxton audiobook is an Association for Library Service to Children 2009 Notable Children's Recording, and in my humble opinion the Bud Not Buddy audiobook is  even better. Both print titles received Newbery recognition, an honor and an award respectively.)

Speaking of awards, have you heard of the Coretta Scott King awards? They are awards given "to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions ..." The Coretta Scott King awards are announced at the same time as the Newbery and the Caldecott awards, with the this year's Coretta Scott King author winner being Kadir Nelson for - a book previously mentioned on this blog - Heart and Soul. A prolific author and illustrator, you won't want to miss his work. 

Moving from print to the Internet, if you're wanting online information related to Black History Month, Encyclopedia Britannica has a whole site to peruse.  And Kaboose has some craft and activity ideas for young ones. You will also find useful newpaper, magazine, and other reliable resource information through INSPIRE, the Indiana online database collection. INSPIRE is very helpful for last minute, late-night homework assignments, too ...

And if these resources aren't enough or you want to dig deeper, don't hesitate to stop by and ask your friendly librarians :). We're always happy to help.


  1. Interested to win a free pizza or tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game AND learn about Black Hoosiers in the Civil War? The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Kids Blog has all the information for this Indiana Historical Society history challenge. Check it out!

  2. Heart and Soul was also featured on The book report, where I first heard about it, It promises to be a good read for the younger readers.


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