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“TELLING A PEOPLE’S STORY” African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature


storyTelling A People’s Story is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the artwork of African-American children’s picture books. Coordinated by The Miami University Art Museum and displayed there in 2018, the original exhibit features 130 works by 35 artists, spanning nearly 50 years of creativity.

A traveling panel presentation now brings the content of this important exhibit to the Dayton Metro Library. It will be on display May 7-June 7 in the Main Library’s Opportunity Space @ Patterson, 215 E. Third Street. Later this summer, the exhibit will travel to the Northwest, Wilmington-Stroop, Madden Hills, and Trotwood Branch Libraries. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

“Telling a People’s Story sheds light on the long neglected world of African-American authors and illustrators,” said Jayne Klose, Community Engagement Manager for the Library. “It gives the viewer a chance to explore African-American cultural identity through art, and discover children’s literature they may not be familiar with.”

The panels are arranged chronologically in a timeline of African-American history. Ninety-five different children’s books are represented.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Princess Cinnamon Rose (Dayton Metro Library Branch Manager Winnie Johnson) tells an African variation of The Princess and the Pea story, with songs and instruments, especially for young audiences in preschool through grade 3. The free program is Wednesday, May 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Children’s Area.

For more information, visit or call (937) 463-2665.

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