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The Toledo Lucas County Public Library invites you to experience its new traveling exhibit, showcasing the struggles and celebrations of African Americans.

LUCAS COUNTY, Ohio — A new traveling exhibit is now on display at four different branches of the Toledo County Lucas Public Library System: “Telling the Story of a People: Illustrated Literature for African American Children.”

“It’s a safe space to learn about very diverse stories that span 50 years, especially over certain time periods,” said Erin Baker, Director of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity for the library.

The exhibit features illustrations from children’s books and provides a visual representation of the Black experience. Baker said it goes beyond struggles, however — it celebrates black joy and shows the very diverse lives and contributions of African Americans.

The project presents these experiences through a lens aimed at children and young readers, which means that everyone can take something away from this exhibit, regardless of age.

“We want to be a model of diversity, equity and inclusion. To be a catalyst for change and a reflection of the community we serve across the county,” Baker explained. “We are so proud to be able to present this exhibit and provide everyday books, programs and services that show the importance of representation and create a better understanding of Black history and culture. “

Each exhibit location will display three of twelve different panels.

Baker said he was strongly encouraged to visit all twelve to get the full experience.

Exhibits are on display at Heatherdowns, Sylvania, Oregon and Sanger branches through Sunday, January 23. These four locations are open seven days a week.

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