I am the volunteer librarian at the Lakeshore Intergenerational School. When I talked with the children, I learned from them that they did not like to read. This was very troubling to me. I understand the importance of children seeing themselves in books, So I decided to go into the school library to see what was available. I found about 30 books that depicted African American s or African American culture. The school capacity is 280.
Reflections of Me will provide books for the school library that promotes positive images of African Americans and book written by African American authors. The project will also host an African American Read In during the month of February.
The goal of the project is to expose children to literature that they can see themselves in and that reflect their culture as well as fostering a love of books and a passion for reading.
Funded by Cleveland, OH (December 2022)