Honoring Black History through Literature

African-American Read-In (for children)
Sat | Feb 22 | 10:30-11:30am| Lingo Story Room
(Warm up with Kyler in the Story Zone at 10am)

African-American Read-In (for adults)
Sun | Feb 23 | 3:30-5:30pm | Marvin Auditorium

Join this national read-in and listen to readers share wonderful examples of African-American literature. The library, along with our cosponsor Topeka Chapter of LINKS, Inc, offers an engaging hour of reading for kids and adults – plus refreshments.

Lingo Story Room, on Feb. 22, and Marvin Auditorium, on Feb. 23, will be transformed to your stage, as organizers and community members step up to read passages from their favorite African-American titles. It could be a poem, a novel or a biography. Don’t have a favorite? Choose from the list below.

Make the African-American Read-In part of your Black History Month. And leave a comment about which African-American stories really speak to you.


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

invisiblemanInvisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

The Best African-American Fiction, (2009) edited by Gerald L. Early and Lynn E. Harris

cagedbirdI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Decoded by Jay-Z



mypeopleMy People by Langston Hughes

Yo! Yes! by Christopher Raschka

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

Rap a tap tap: Here’s Bojangles – Think of That! by Leo Dillon

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

martinlkjrMartin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.