The Covington Branch of the Kenton County Library to Host Panels from the University of Miami Art Museum’s Groundbreaking 2018 Exhibit Telling the Story of a People: Illustrated Literature for African-American Children, Sept. 10-Oct. 8.

The library will kick off the exhibit with a special event on Saturday, September 10 with a full day of fun events. Award-winning author/illustrator Shadra Strickland will present a family-friendly reading and art demo at 10:30 a.m. Emerging local artist Tamia A. Saunders will discuss her work through colorful illustrations at 1:30 p.m.

The exhibit, comprising 12 panels with 120 reproduced illustrations, was made possible by a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.

The exhibit offers insight into the cultural, historical, and social makeup of African-American cultural identity while shedding light on the long-neglected world of African-American authors and illustrators in the pantheon of children’s literature. Until the 1960s, and especially in the 1970s, African-American children rarely saw themselves depicted in children’s books from the perspective of African-American authors and illustrators. Telling the story of a people is a celebration of the power of illustrated children’s books that showcase their history.

The Covington branch is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit Where for more details.

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