Join ‘Flagler Reads’ – celebrate Black History, Women’s History and National Library Week with a book: ‘The Personal Librarian’

Join the 21st annual Flagler Reads Together by April 9 to celebrate Black History Month, Women’s History Month and National Library Week with a book – “The Personal Librarian”.

“This is a brilliant piece of historical fiction that spans the life of a woman recounting how she denied her true identity in order to protect herself and her family from racial persecution,” said the director of the library, Holly Albanese, who made this year’s selection. “It focuses on the extraordinary life of Belle da Costa Greene, who was JP Morgan’s personal librarian, co-authored by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.”

As in previous years, the Friends of the Library sponsor associated programs throughout the reading period, which here is almost two months.

These programs include the following:

  • Film matinee — 1-4 p.m. Feb. 29 at the main branch of the Palm Coast Public Library — about the exciting and inspiring life of an iconic freedom fighter whose escape from slavery transformed her into one of America’s greatest heroes. His courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
  • Author Presentation – 2:00 p.m. March 2 at the Main Branch of the Palm Coast Public Library – Kim Medley, who is also a member of the American Association of University Women, will discuss her book “Suffrage, Women & Untold Stories” and will share images she compiled during her research. She will also discuss the 1916 Seventh-day Adventist Church project, an endeavor with the American Association of University Women and the Flagler County Historical Society. Some members will dress in period costume.
  • Film matinee — 1 to 4 p.m. March 19 at the main branch of the Palm Coast Public Library — on the incredible story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson. These brilliant African-American women worked for NASA and were responsible for launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This visionary trio crossed racial and gender lines to reverse the space race.
  • Book club discussion – from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. on March 23 at the main branch of the Palm Coast Public Library – on “The Personal Librarian”.
  • Matinee of a movie — 1 to 4 p.m. April 1 at the main branch of the Palm Coast Public Library — which features America’s librarians, who have more cardholders than VISA, more customers than Amazon and more restaurants than McDonald’s. It’s a lively blend of documentary, feature film and storytelling that reveals the history and realities of librarianship against the engaging backdrop of American films.
  • The movie matinee — 1-4 p.m. April 6 at the main branch of the Palm Coast Public Library — is a David vs. Goliath story that tackles some of the nation’s toughest issues: homelessness and mental illness. .

“We are very excited to have a book for Flagler Reads Together that gives us the opportunity to simultaneously celebrate black history, women’s history and National Library Week,” Albanese said. “Please join us on the pages of ‘The Personal Librarian’ and in person for our programs.”

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