February: Small month, big events

In spite of being the shortest month of the year, February is a big month for reading. As most people know, February is Black History Month. A good way to brush up on the accomplishments of this community is to pick up a book by an African American author. Below we’ve included a recommended Black History Month reading list for children.

February also happens to be National Library Lovers month! This is an easy ‘holiday’ to celebrate: go to the library like you normally would, and consider volunteering your time. Libraries offer key services to people of all ages in a community, and there’s no better way to participate in a monthly celebration than by giving back to a place that does so much. If you haven’t been to the library lately, be sure to visit your local library to check out their many exciting events and collections.

Finally, the New York State Library’s public floor exhibit this month features print items representative of each of the 45 U.S. presidents, from Washington to Trump. The more modern presidents from John F. Kennedy onward are also represented by periodical covers in the display cases on the 7th floor of the Cultural Education Center in Albany.

For more about the exhibit, see http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/collections/presidents/.

To check out the children’s recommended reading list, please visit http://bookriot.com/2017/02/01/100-best-childrens-books-for-african-american-history-month/

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