A Week in the Life of a Tiny Pioneer: Story Time & Black History Month Exhibit Update

Where y’at?!

Last Saturday I had much fun participating in the first Global Families Festival of 2020 organized by the International House in Davis, CA, in partnership with the always inspiring Teacher Can from the Peregrine School, the Homeless Refuge Support and Advocacy Inc., and the kids dance group Afro Mini Vibes. This is a bi-monthly themed event catering to 3–10 years old and their family, filled with music, craft activities, a story time and food. Kids and parents alike love it! I read the Coretta Scott King award-winning book Trombone Shorty, written by Grammy award-winning artist Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, and illustrated by the also award-winning Bryan Collier. What a pair! I brought a trombone (had help!), and had the audience gleefully answer the “Where y’at!” greeting calls sprinkled throughout the story.

We all had fun, and I can’t wait to do it again!

A Black History Month Art Exhibit in the Making

The closer we get to the event, the more excited and joyful I am at the prospect of sharing a glimpse into the stories of so many Black geniuses. As a reminder to readers learning about this Black History Month project for the first time, it is a kid-friendly event that celebrates lesser known brilliant Black minds and bodies who changed the course of history. The exhibit would not have been possible without the early support of Scott Love, our Library Regional Manager of the West Yolo Region. Scott offered the space at the Mary L. Stephens branch in Davis, and shared about the project with the Arthur F. Turner location in West Sacramento as well. What does this means?

1 exhibit, 2 locations!

When will the exhibit take place? It will start on the 1st of February and last the entire month.

What About the Art?

The exhibit will feature portraits of selected but world-wide Voices of the African diaspora, past and present, along with non-traditional haikus inspired by their work, famous quotes, short biographies, and a map showing where each historical figure is from (so kids and adults get to learn a little bit of geography). Next to each portrait, there will be an invitation to check out the available library materials on the that person’s life or slice of history. The book recommendations will be for both kids, and adults.

Some of the Highlights of the Week:

1- We launched a GoFundMe page on Monday, to help cover the costs of printing the posters and the information cards. The fundraising is off to a soft start but is gaining steam! Everything collected will be used toward this cause and nothing else, as it will only make the event better.

2- Four amazing artists since joined the exhibit and will share their work with the audience (there will be both prints and original pieces). The fundraising page will be updated regularly throughout the week, as I add the contributors’ biography and finalize, with the help of an amazing librarian friend, further public announcements. I can already share the participation of the truly fantastic Robert Liu-Trujillo, creator of multicultural and bilingual books for kids and founder of The Trust Your Struggle Collective and Come Bien Books, among other activities.

3- The exhibit opened the doors for three different art workshops, woven with a bit of storytelling, to take place during the month of February. It is my hope to help further highlight Black creators. The details are being finalized.

Stay tuned for more exciting news next week! Don’t hesitate to help us spread the word. Thank you for reading, I wish you a fun and productive week.
Peace!

PS: Tiny Pioneer. Tiny refers to the Tiny Fellowship, a program that supports projects that aim to improve the education system.

Live Auction until 07/22/19: #AuthorsForFamilies

Hi everyone,

Have you been following the news regarding family separation and detentions at the U.S. borders? I know several of you are against it, against the inhumane treatment the families are under, and have taken various actions to show your support and to keep our government accountable, from donations, to protests, to writing to your elected representatives. I also warmly thank all of you, including many authors and publishers, who supported and donated to the immigration book drive that took place at the end of last year, for the people imprisoned at the Yuba City County Jail in California.

There is a wonderful initiative taking place right now on 32 Auctions website, with a chance for everyone involved to win query and manuscript critiques, customized book trailer music and more. This will run until July 22, 2019. Click on this link to participate in the live auction. See below for an excerpt from the website:

“Authors, illustrators, and other publishing professionals are banding together and saying NO MORE to the detainment camps at the US border, by donating the following biddable items and more:

  • Artwork / Illustrations
  • Books (ARCs and finished copies)
  • Book Swag
  • Consultation
  • Marketing
  • Page critiques
  • Query critiques
  • Synopsis critiques
  • Sensitivity reads
  • Translation services

100% of the proceeds from this charity auction will go to RAICES, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. You can read more about them here: https://www.raicestexas.org/about/.”

Drawing from years of doing socio-cultural critiques and editorial work for various authors and academicians, I donated a sensitivity reading on a full picture book or 50 pages of a manuscript set in West Africa. If you’re interested in bidding on that item, click here.

I thank Brittney M. Morris and the #DebutAuthors19 for spearheading this initiative. Thank you all for your support!
#AuthorsForFamilies #CloseTheCamps