February is Black History Month and there is no better place to celebrate than at your local library. There will be engaging, all ages programs across the parish highlighting the achievements of African Americans. Be sure to check out our calendar of events or sign up for our newsletter at www.mytpl.org in order to be up-to-date on library happenings.
In addition to our Black History Month celebrations, don’t forget to check out all the resources that the library has. From the newest novels and memoirs, DVDs and magazines, to free access to Ancestry.com, the library has much to offer.
In order to get you and your family in the mood to celebrate, here are a couple of my favorite books by and about African Americans. All three books are available through the Terrebonne Parish Library System, and you can reserve a copy today at www.mytpl.org.
Queen of the Scene
Written by Queen Latifah
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
Whether it’s hopscotch, racing, or ball games, there is no match for our narrator-she’s the Queen of the Scene. This fun rhythmic read aloud reminds the reader to take pride in their abilities and to remember that “the queen in you walks tall.”
Crown: Ode to a Fresh Cut
Written by Derrick Barnes
Illustrated by Gordon C. James
A good haircut can change everything and the barbershop is where boys go to get transformed into princes. Derrick Barnes’ multiple award-winning read aloud is a love letter to the magic of a fresh haircut and how it can change lumps of clay into swaggering, high grade earning, head turning royalty.
Written by Jewell Parker Rhodes
School’s over—it’s summertime. And this summer it is Maddy’s turn to leave the city and visit her grandmother who lives down on the bayou. She knows that when she gets there that there won’t be any TV to watch or phone to use, and no friends to play with. But, what she doesn’t know is that she is about to step into a bayou world that is full of magic, fireflies, and mermaids.