DeKalb library to highlight Black authors for Black History Month

DeKALB – In honor of Black History Month, the DeKalb Public Library is highlighting some of the works of children’s literature made by Black people and others of the African diaspora. Watch for videos posted on the library’s website, YouTube channel and Facebook throughout the month, according to a news release.

Each video will feature a local community member reading a children’s book, and they will offer a way to find some new books while enjoying a good story.

Videos will be released throughout the month of February.

A few of the guest readers include:

• Sean T. Frazier – NIU athletic director

• Thomas Hammock – NIU head football coach

• Ray Gooden – NIU head volleyball coach

• Kenyae Majors – NIU track and field student-athlete

• Haley Hoppe – NIU women’s soccer student-athlete

• Janae’ Poisson – NIU women’s basketball student-athlete

“NIU Athletics is proud to partner with the DeKalb Public Library during Black History Month through the ‘Highlighting Black Voices’ program,” Frazier said. “What a great opportunity to highlight books written by Black authors for children in our community. Although we couldn’t read to the kids in person this year, I had a lot of fun recording the book as a guest reader, and I know our coaches and student-athletes felt the same.”

The library also will post interviews with other community members from the government and business sectors.

For information, contact Laura at or 815-756-9568, ext. 3350.

The library is open seven days a week.

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