Monday, February 20, 2017

Thinking Outside the Box—Inglenook Library's Children's Book Club, Black History Programs Drawing in Young People

Inglenook Library Branch Manager Karnecia Williams believes libraries must think outside the box to show young people that libraries offer more than just books.

Last fall, the library won an Innovative and Cool Award from the Birmingham Public Library Board of Trustees after library assistant Michael Fagin devised an afterschool program in which young people come play retro video games on a new Nintendo video game console. This month, the Inglenook Branch Library is offering several unique activities that have drawn large crowds.

During the month of February, the Inglenook Library is hosting seven different programs exposing teens and pre-teens to various parts of black culture. On February 7, the library hosted Young Leadership Tuesday: Celebrating Black Music. On February 9, it hosted a program about a black entrepreneur, A Taste of History: George Crum and the Potato Chip.

The Mannequin Inglenook Library

On February 13, Williams invited youth to participate in a filming of the Mannequin Challenge that has drawn over 1,000 views on the Birmingham Public Library Facebook page. On Wednesday, February 15, the Inglenook Library launched a new book club for children as part of the library’s Black History Month programs. The Readers Are Leaders Children's Book Club will meet on the third Wednesday of each month. The February Book of the Month was The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton.

On February 14, the Inglenook Library hosted Lego Build: Honoring Black Architects, in which youth used Legos to erect structures inspired by buildings designed by black architects. On February 15, the library introduced its Readers Are Leaders Children's Book Club.

“At Inglenook Library, we believe that libraries should be fun, informative and educational at the same time,” Williams said. “We invite all students, their parents and adults both young and old to come in and join us. For more information about our programs, give me a call at 205-849-8739.”

Here are the remaining Black History Month programs planned at Inglenook Library:
Celebrating and Honoring Black Heroes: Open Mic (open to everyone)
Wednesday, February 22, 3:30 p.m.

Natural Hair Talk Featuring Nyesha Marshall
Monday, February 27, 3:30 p.m.

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