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Library Schedules Award-Winning Show

By Henry Bryant
During the months of June and July the East Atlanta Library, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library and The Friends of East Atlanta Library, will host the Ashley Bryan Traveling Exhibit of Illustrated Africana Children’s Literature featuring the artwork of children’s illustrators and authors, Shadra Strickland and Michele Wood. This extraordinary exhibit features artwork that strives to continue the legacy of renowned children’s book author and artist, Ashley Bryan, by creating authentic images of the Africana experience in children’s literature for the next generation of emerging readers. The exhibit will be on display as part of this year’s July 12th-20th BATL commemoration of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta which has annually focused on “Civil War to Civil Rights,” a major feature of the city’s history and heritage. The illustration exhibit will run from June 9th to August 11th on the gallery wall at the East Atlanta Library and can be viewed during library hours by inquiring at the circulation desk.
On June 14 at 1pm, as part of the illustration exhibit, there will be a virtual meet and greet with the artist Shadra Strickland. This community event features an interactive digital presentation by Ms. Strickland, highlighting her artistic contributions to Africana children’s literature and black art. She has received numerous honors for her artwork, and was awarded the Ashley Bryan Children’s Literature Illustrator Award in 2011. The entire family is welcome to, and will enjoy, this special program.
On Saturday June 21 at 1pm, also in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library and the Friends of East Atlanta Library, the East Atlanta Library will host a “lunch and learn” event with artist and children’s literature illustrator, R. Gregory Christie. This event will feature a visual presentation by Mr. Christie, highlighting his contribution to the art world, as well as his impact on Africana children’s literature. Attendees will have the opportunity to question the artist about his career and work. Bring a sack lunch as light refreshments and desserts will be provided by the Friends of East Atlanta Branch.

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