Jessica Vallejo Feb 13, 2018, 2:17 pm

Books with hopeful messages enlighten children during Black History Month

New Rochelle Library boasts cultural exhibition

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NEW ROCHELLE — The New Rochelle Library is hosting a book exhibition in light of Black History Month to educate and inspire youth. Librarian Mary Thompson has been reading books to young children every week, but they’re not just any ordinary stories.

“We have a book here on Frederick Douglass, one on Arturo Schomburg – the man who started the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture [in Harlem],” Thompson said. She shares stories of African-American figures that have impacted our history through – not just words – but colorful pictures.

So far, over a hundred children have visited the library to listen to the stories read to them during the exhibition, but they also get to see original paintings that are published in the books read to them. The hidden messages books are in hope to inspire the children, no matter their color or race.

For a previous report on celebrations of Black History Month in the Lower Hudson Valley, follow this link.

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