Arlington Public Library is commemorating Juneteenth with two local author talk events and its Black Voices booklists. Join us in person on June 22 for Amina Luqman-Dawson and on June 23 for Wilma Jones. All are welcome.
All events made possible thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library.
Wed., June 22, 6:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m., Shirlington Library
Join us for a conversation between local author Amina Luqman-Dawson and Library Director Diane Kresh.
Luqman-Dawson's highly acclaimed middle grade historical novel "Freewater" is an exciting tale of escape from slavery and refuge in the Great Dismal Swamp, which is located in the Coastal Plain Region of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
This event is great for families and children, Grades 4 and up.
Free book raffle. Additional books from the author will be available for purchase during the event. Cookies will be served.
Special Promotion:Enjoy dinner at Stellina Pizzeria before or after the event and receive 20% off your total bill.
Thu., June 23, 6:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m., Central Library
Join us for a book talk with local author Wilma Jones while she discusses her book, "My Halls Hill Family: More Than a Neighborhood."
The Halls Hill community is rooted in pre-Civil war plantation history. By the early 1900s the neighborhood became 100% African American. Many of the residents were descendants of enslaved people. The Black communities in Arlington were consistently fighting Jim Crow racism while working to raise their families with dignity and respect.
This event is suited for both adults and children, Grades 6 and up.
Black Voices Booklists
Explore our Black Voices and Juneteenth booklists and learn about African American culture, history and issues facing us today.
Arlington Public Library maintains a variety of diverse booklists, titled “Books Like Us: Diverse Voices Booklists,” designed to create awareness, to entertain and to educate about people, history and timely topics.