After winning prestigious national funding grants, DeKalb County Public Library is planning two major programming events this October, When Tribes Meet: The History of Black Native Americans and Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion. Both events focus attention on diversity in the Metropolitan Atlanta area and the importance of honoring that diversity.
On Saturday, October 6, the Library has planned a day-long series of programs at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library called “When Tribes Meet: The History of Black Native Americans.” The purpose of the programs is to explore the history of black Native Americans through book discussions, storytelling, crafts and cultural activities for the entire family. Please take this optional survey if you are interested in this event so we can learn more about your heritage.
Library staff members Mia Buggs and Veronica Winley won the 2012 Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grant at Kent State University for the project, which is aimed at raising awareness through literature of the need to respect and honor diversity. Only a single such grant, this one for $1,000, is awarded to librarians each year.
“This day-long event will be both informative and fun,” said Winley. “I can’t think of a better way to explore this topic than through the books, crafts, dance performance and food tasting we have scheduled.”
From October 13 through November 13, the Library will present a series of programs at the Stonecrest Library celebrating the history, diversity and preservation of the Flat Rock-Arabia Mountain Community. The programs include a photography exhibit by students from Arabia Mountain High School; a book discussion of Michele Norris’ memoir, The Grace of Silence; and a presentation of the history of the Flat Rock Community, with first-hand reflections from community members.
Library Branch Operations Coordinator Kitty Wilson is coordinator for the programs, called Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion. She says the Library hopes the programs will serve a very important purpose.
“Through these programs, we hope the Library can help bring members of this community together and give a better understanding of the area’s history, people and the cultural diversity that is bringing change to the community today.”
The Library is funding the programs through a $2,500 grant from the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute. It is one of only 30 library systems in the country, and the only one in Georgia, to win the grant.