Posts Tagged ‘Black History Month’

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:


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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