by Lisa Tome
Black History is ready and waiting for you at Elkton's Central Library.
Last week, library associate Katie Zang-Foster and others worked to pull books from the stacks and put them together in an easy on the eyes and challenging for the mind display to honor Black History Month.
"February is a big month for biography and history reports," explained Zang-Foster as she got the books ready for the display. She said that all month long, students, teachers, and homeschool students and parents will be out at the branch checking out books and making notes for reports.
Zang-Foster has also planned a high tech bulletin board to honor black history. She plans to use the website, Pinterest, to get items for the display which will remain in place all month in the children's room at central library.
That display is one of several events and activities that will happen in February.
Elkton Central Library will host a presentation by Syl Woolford on Thursday, February 13 at 7 p.m. Woolford will share the story of Solomon Northrup, a free-born African American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. When Northrup was released from bondage, he sued his kidnappers, slave traders, and slave master. This lecture by Woolford will explore public reaction and historical significance of his bondage and legal trials. This event is free and registration is required. Call 410-996-5600 to register.
A few days later, at Cecilton Branch Library, historian Milt Diggins will discuss "Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad in the Delmarva Peninsula". That event will be held February 18 at 6:30 p.m. Call 410-275-1091 to register.
Syl Woolford will be at Chesapeake City Library on Monday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. discussing the Harriett Beecher Stowe book "Uncle Tom's Cabin". During that discussion, Woolford will tell the tale of Josiah Henson, a runaway slave from Maryland. Stowe's book was loosely-based on Henson's story.
Those interested in history of other types may also want to turn out at Perryville Branch Library on February 12 at 7 p.m. The presentation entitled "Pass the Rum: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" will be held.