2017-02-15 / Rockingham

Putney Library hosts events for African American History Month

This February, celebrate African American History Month and connect with your community by reading the 2017 Vermont Reads selection, “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson, a beautiful memoir of the author’s childhood, written in verse which tells the story of a young person finding her voice and examines the strength of family bonds.

In reflecting on this book, Ms. Woodson remarked, “Raised in South Carolina and New York, I always felt halfway home in each place. In [this book], I share what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and my growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.  It also reflects the joy of finding my voice through writing stories, despite the fact that I struggled with reading as a child. My love of stories inspired and stayed with me, creating the first sparks of the writer that I was to become.”

Woodson’s memoir is appropriate for ages 10 to adult and all are encouraged to attend the book discussion and series of events.

Vermont Reads brings communities together around stories, ideas, and activities that are important to the life of towns of all sizes. In this spirit, Putney Public Library is circulating copies Brown Girl Dreaming to encourage as many people in the Putney community to read on the same topic. Putney Public Library has partnered with Putney Central School, The Putney School, and The Grammar School for this year’s Vermont Reads project. Stop by the library to pick up your copy!

Putney Public Library will host a series of events around the themes of poetry, civil rights, race, and local history in observance of African American History Month.

On Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., Write Action ReadOUT! Write Action’s writers will read the work of African American poets including Langston Huhges, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, and more. Open discussion and reading after the presentation. Bring a favorite poem to share.

Finally, on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a screening and discussion of documentary, “Film 13th.” Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Snacks will be served.

The Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main Street in Putney, VT. These events are all free and open to the public.

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