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February is Black History Month and the library’s theme for our Multicultural Fair on February 22. Stop by the gym and check out our Black History books and a great site for hyper local stories, called Black Strathcona.

Some great resources:


This beautifully designed book chronicles achievements of Black women. I do question the slightly derogatory title.

This wonderful picture book looks at the birth of hip hop. Highly popular with children. Great read aloud.This gorgeous book shares the successes of many people. Although mainly America-centric, there are a few people from other countries. The book includes a mix of pop culture icons, athletes, and scientists, but no Canadians. Great read aloud in snippets.

Here’s a BC website with stories and resources.

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There are so many great picture books to read with kids for Black History Month, but this year try this true story:

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Viola Desmond was arrested in 1946 in Halifax for sitting on the main floor rather than the balcony in a theatre. Because she was a non-white patron, theatre employees insisted Desmond sit in the balcony. She refused and was taken away by the police. Viola Desmond’s face will now be printed on Canada’s ten dollar bill.  An essential library book.

 

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Looking for a way to celebrate the life of author, performer, poet, civil rights activist, and inspiration Maya Angelou? Read aloud her beautiful poem Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, in picture book format, accompanied by Basquiat’s art.

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Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad,  is a gorgeously illustrated story of a young farm girl who discovers a slave running for freedom, hiding in her barn, and decides to help.

Great for Black History Month and questioning & inferring.

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February is Black History Month and here are two beautiful books to share with your children.

Black History Canada is a great website with a lot of information. Also in French.

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When Miss Mary Finch dies, her slave Isabel knows that her and her little sister Ruby are to be granted their freedom in Miss Finch’s will. But Robert Finch, Miss Mary’s greedy opportunist of a nephew, and only surviving relative, insists the will cannot be found and so he sells the two young girls to the Locktons. Mr. Lockton is not completely horrible, but Mrs. Lockton is a cruel and vindictive woman. Isabel longs for freedom while trying to protect her simple younger sister and keep them together. Powerful and disturbing. For more mature readers. By the author of Speak.

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Whew! What a busy month February has been! Aside from the audit, there have been many, many happenings at Strathcona.

First, we welcomed the new lunar year! Year of the Rabbit for the Chinese calendar and Year of the Cat for Tet.

Then there was Valentine’s Day and Pink Day.

Throughout all of this, we are also celebrating Black History Month. Divisions 24 & 25 read Ruby Bridges, the picture book, and are now watching the movie. Moved by the true experiences of the little girl, we have had some rich and engaging discussions!

And to finish up the month, Molly organized a fantastic Multicultural Fair that included art and craft activities, and delicious food. Many people wore beautiful, traditional clothing from different cultures, including Terri in a gorgeous button blanket.

Strathcona Library had a multicultural book display and a button making station where students chose to colour the word READ! in 7 different languages! A big thanks to Mona and Margot who organized all the button making materials.

In the library, Margot created two beautiful displays:

Beautiful traditional clothing from a few different cultures and…

beautiful traditionally dressed dolls from many parts of the world.

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