Friday, January 23, 2015

Newark Public Library to Celebrate Black History Month

The main branch of the Newark Public Library will hold a variety of events throughout February to celebrate Black History Month. The festivities will begin on Thursday, February 5 at 5:30pm with an opening reception in Centennial Hall. A panel discussion called “Examining Black Images in African American Literature" will take place between 6:30pm and 8:00pm, and will be moderated by Dr. Adunni Anderson. Panelists and speakers will include Cheryl Willis-Hudson of Just Us Books, Marva Allen of the Hue-Man Bookstore, and Dr. Brenda Greene of the Center for Black Literature at CUNY Medgar Evers College. In addition, the new exhibition “My Soul Runs Deep: An Appreciation of African American Literature” will be open in the second floor gallery. Visitors to the exhibit will learn more about African American authors and their work.

"For many decades the Library has prided itself on its extensive collections of materials focusing on African American authors and their works. We are excited to offer the new exhibit and calendar of programs featuring this rich body of literature", said library director Wilma Grey in a media release.

Other scheduled events include 'Pen, Pitch, Publish, Profit: a Self-Publishing Intensive for Aspiring Authors' on Saturday, February 7 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and 'At Black on Paper', a forum on publishing books and plays, on Saturday, February 14, from 2:00pm to 5:00 p.m. Plus, on Thursday, February 19 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, library program 'Uncommon Genres in Black Literature' will feature authors Donna Hill and Valerie Wilson Wesley.

The main library is located at 5 Washington Street, across from Washington Park. The programs will be funded by the PNC Foundation.

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