KFPL hosts Ujima Winter Storytime in celebration of Black History Month

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Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) and the Black Luck Collective have announced Ujima Winter Storytime, a pair of live online children’s programs pairing KFPL programmers with guest readers from the Kingston Black Community.

On the third day of Kwanzaa, observers of the holiday honour “Ujima”, a commitment to active and informed collaboration and togetherness on matters of common interest, according to a release from KFPL, dated Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. The principle of collective work and responsibility, Ujima reminds observers that we must build and maintain our community together, the library said in the release.

“KFPL is thrilled to collaborate with a vibrant grassroots organization to deliver community-led programming for Black History Month” said KFPL’s Teen and New Adult Services Librarian, Graeme Langdon.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Michelle Harrison from Ruthy’s Reading Room will read from books appropriate for children aged 2-5 years. On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Dr. Kristin Moriah will read from books appropriate for children over 5 years. On both occasions, KFPL says members of their programming team will add to the event with age appropriate activities.

“Storytelling is such an important part of being together in community”, observed Mofiyinfoluwa Badmos of Kingston’s Black Luck Collective. “I fondly remember so many stories told to me when I was younger by aunties, uncles and elders. Those were moments I looked forward to, and I hope we can offer the same to many children in our community. I am excited to keep this going beyond Black History Month.”

This interactive online program will be held on Zoom. Registration will close four hours prior to the event, and registrants will be sent the link at least one hour prior to the start time. It is recommended that participants download Zoom in advance.

For more information and to register for one or both of these special programs please visit https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/4855573

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