We are pleased to host a new traveling exhibition, Telling a People’s Story: African American Children’s Illustrated Literature, now through Monday, March 15. Telling A People’s Story is the first major museum traveling exhibition devoted to the artwork of African-American children’s picture books. Coordinated by The Miami University Art Museum in Miami, Ohio, this special traveling panel exhibit is free and open to patrons in the 1st floor lobby area of our library during regular business hours.
This powerful exhibit features illustrations from 33 artists spanning nearly 50 years of creativity. Themes and time periods covered in this exhibit include African Origins, Middle Passage, Slavery, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance, Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. Collectively, the many books created by authors and illustrators since the late 19th century contribute to an understanding of the African-American experience through two perspectives. The first is an internal look into the need for validation and the creation of positive self-images, and the second is an introduction to the African-American experience for those unfamiliar in order to better understand the cultural, historical and social makeup of African-American identity.
Many of the books highlighted in the exhibit are available through hoopla as ebooks, eAudiobooks or a book-to-movie format. All of our hoopla titles are available to checkout 24 hours a day on a desktop or via hoopla’s app. Check them out below.
Can’t make it into the library to see our exhibit? No problem! Our Studio 300 staff is working on a virtual walk-through of Telling A People’s Story, which will be available for free on YouTube. Stay tuned for updates.
In conjunction with the exhibit, we are also hosting a wide array of Black History Month events and One Book, One ‘Brook, our new community-wide reading initiative! We’re inviting everyone in the Bolingbrook community to come together through the shared experience of reading the same book and to participate in enlightening and empowering conversations.
For our inaugural book selection, we’ve chosen How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. We encourage you to check out the book from our shelves or from OverDrive, cloudLibrary or Axis 360, and then join us in February for lively discussions and other events.
See you at the library,