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African American Read-In

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Main Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

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The Cincinnati Public Library African American Read-In is a FREE family friendly event.


Join the Main Library from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for a celebration of African American literature. Explore the Library’s collection of books created by African American authors and illustrators, enjoy a full day of public readings and performances, and get creative with hands-on activities. Our featured guest is Derrick Barnes, author of the award-winning picture book, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Mr. Barnes will read his book and discuss his journey to becoming an author.


This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome and no registration is required. Below is the schedule.


– 11 a.m. – Derrick Barnes – Reading and presentation
– Noon – Author book signing (with books for sale courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers)
– 1 p.m. – Local author spotlight
– 2 p.m. – Storytime in Children’s Library
– 2 p.m. – Writer’s Circle, facilitated by Women Writing for (a) Change*
Guest speakers include Derrick Barnes, Terri Bolds, Ashley Aya Ferguson, Christine Gibson, Jan-Michelle Kearney, Annie Ruth, and Arnice Smith.
*Writer’s Circle: Let loose the voice in you! If you love words, join this writing circle led by Women Writing for (a) Change. Together we’ll explore a common theme, write a little, share a little (optional) and have an engaging discussion. We might not all think of ourselves as writers, but we all have something to say. Putting it down on paper can be as natural as speaking your truths. See you there!


About The African American Read-In
The African American Read-In is the nation’s oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.


About Derrick Barnes
Derrick Barnes is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which won a multitude of literary awards making it one of the most decorated picture books in the history of children’s literature. The book’s commendations include two 2018 Ezra Jack Keats awards, one for New Writer and an honor for the illustrations. It was also a winner at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, taking home four Honor awards: the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Newbery Honor, and the Caldecott Honor. In October of 2018, Crown also took home the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers.


About Women Writing For (a) Change
For over 25 years, WWf(a)C has provided a safe and non-competitive environment for individuals to develop their writing skills, cultivate their creativity and strengthen their voices.

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