Library hosts first African-American children’s illustrator exhibit

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METAMORA, Ill.– For the first time, African-American children’s illustrated literature is the focus of a travel panel museum exhibition. It features art produced from book illustrations.

The Illinois Prairie District Public Library in Metamora received the content from the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, OH.

“Telling A People’s Story,” is an exhibit that has 130 work by 33 artists from 95 books. Library Director Joel Shoemaker said he wanted to bring more diversity to the community.

“It’s the first exhibition of it’s kind to focus on African-American illustrated literature,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for us in this area to just bring in illustrator our patrons never heard of before.”

The exhibit goes beyond providing a look into the struggles of African-Americans. It highlights the contributions African Americans made in politics, music, entertainment, sports, arts and literature.

“It’s a great exhibit. I love some of the books that are highlighted in this exhibit. We want everyone from the public, anyone that is close to Metamora. Anyone can come in to the library to checkout the exhibit.”

The exhibit is open to the public until September 14. Shoemaker said the exhibit will have limited books available for checkout.

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