Leon County libraries celebrate Black History Month with annual read-in

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – In celebration of Black History Month, individuals gathered at the Leon County Library to promote African American authors to the community.

Ayesha Waters, one of the guest speakers, says, "I think literacy in the black community is forgotten a lot of the times."

For Waters, teaching children how to read and exposing them to African American Literature is of the utmost importance.

"Black people in America weren't just slaves, they also did wonderful things. They were extraordinary in so many ways, and I think that the books that we read to our kids and in the read-in, share that and explain that," she said.

The read-in was created to provide a literacy component to Black History Month.

Carolyne Elkens, who started the Black History program at the Leon County Library, shares, "To know the importance of learning to read, and also learn about black authors and the accomplishments they have made, and continue to make."

Library Director Debra Sears agrees.

She said, "This is a very important piece of the contributions of African Americans in our country, and we want to share that with as many people as possible."

She hopes individuals leave Sunday's event with good books, conversation and an afternoon of fun.

Sears says, "That is the beauty of reading, and we are hoping that everyone leaves here today with something new and something special today."

"I think that it's an amazing thing, I want to keep doing it," says Waters.

Those who attended the annual event are excited to see what next year brings,

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