01/31/06 — Events planned for Black History Month

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Events planned for Black History Month

By Andrew Bell
Published in News on January 31, 2006 1:53 PM

The Wayne County Library will sponsor the 2006 African American Read-In, beginning Sunday and continuing through the following day, in honor of Black History Month.

By simply reading a book by a black author on either day, participants can win one of several prizes.

The goal of the national event, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, is to make literacy an integral part of Black History Month.

Black History Month

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Peggy Howell, left, and Olivia West arrange African artifacts for a Black History Month exhibit at the Wayne County Museum at 116 N. William St. The exhibit, sponsored by the Goldsboro-Wayne branch of the NAACP, opens at noon Wednesday and runs through the month of February.

Special performances, all of which are free and open to the public, will take place at the library throughout the month. The first event asks children to come to the library to read a book by a black author. Once that is completed, the child fills out a Read-In participation form and can be entered into the grand prize drawing.

The drawings will take place following the first Black History Month performance on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. The grand prize is a Black History Month tote bag.

However, a special prize will be presented before the drawings.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops, a trio of musicians who base their sound in the tradition of Piedmont banjo and fiddle music, will play bluegrass selections for the crowd Feb. 9.

On Feb. 16, a storyteller will share stories of African American lore and legend with children at the library. Gran'daddy Junebug has traveled the nation telling these stories. He will begin his performance in Wayne County at 6 p.m.

For more information on any of the library's events for Black History Month, call 735-1824, ext. 5105.

In addition to the activities planned at the library, Wayne County residents can also learn more about black history by visiting a special display at the county museum.

The display, which is being sponsored by the Goldsboro chapter of the NAACP, will continue through the month and be open to the public during regular museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

A grand opening reception is scheduled for Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.