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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ezra Jack Keats Teaches Young Kids About Diversity: Bedtime Stories and Take-A-Book Series at the Central Library

February is Black History Month and how better to teach our children about the immense value of diversity then to share with them one of the many books written by Brooklyn writer Ezra Jack Keats.

"Long before multicultural characters and themes were fashionable, Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a central place in children’s literature.

Ezra Jack Keats was born on March 11, 1916, to impoverished Polish immigrants of Jewish descent in East New York, which was then the Jewish quarter of Brooklyn, New York." To read more about Ezra and to purchase his wonderful books visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Ezra Jack Keats Programs at Central Library

Through the Ezra Jack Keats Bedtime Stories and Take-A-Book Series, librarians read aloud to children and lead singing, rhyming, and playing activities related to the themes and images of the book. At the end of each session, every child is given a free copy of one of Mr. Keats' books to keep. The program occurs every month at Central Library and four times a year at Arlington Neighborhood Branch.
All programs begin at 7:30PM
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 Thursday, March 26th, 2009
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