Coretta Scott King Book Awards: 50 Years Strong

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Celebrating 50 years with 50 events in Delaware County Libraries


The Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards were designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace. Each year, outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience are recognized.

Delaware County Libraries’ Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Coretta Scott King Book Awards by highlighting 50 events throughout the year at various Delaware County Libraries.

To kick-off the “CSK: 50 Years Strong” celebration, Delaware County Libraries’ StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park is displaying I Have a Dream, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, a 2013 CSK Illustrator Honor Award recipient, through Feb. 15.

Residents can visit the Glenolden Library, Media-Upper Providence Free Library, and Rachel Kohl Community Library throughout February to view book displays featuring past and present Coretta Scott King award winners.

The Yeadon Public Library is hosting a weekly “1,000 Black Girl Books Challenge” in February. Inspired by young Marley Dias, the entire community is invited on a journey to read 1,000 books featuring female CSK award winners. The book club is held each Monday in February at 5:00pm at the Yeadon Public Library.

Other events in Delaware County libraries include a Teen Book Club discussion on Feb. 9 from 1:00pm-2:00pm, at the J. Lewis Crozer Library in Chester, PA featuring CSK Award Winner All the Way Down, by Jason Reynolds. Residents can also participate in a craft inspired by the 2009 CSK Award Winner The Moon Over Stars, by Dianna Hutts Aston at the Haverford Township Free Library on Feb. 11 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Visit www.delcolibraries.org/CSK-50 for more information and a full list of events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards.

Delaware County Libraries is an agency of county government that provides support services for 26 independent member libraries. For information about the wide range of library services available to all county residents, visit www.delcolibraries.org.




Delaware County Council joined members of the Delaware County Libraries’ Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee on Feb. 6 to announce the 50th Anniversary of The Coretta Scott King Book Awards. Delaware County libraries will host 50 events throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards were designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace.

Top row, from left: Councilman Brian Zidek, Delaware County Libraries Director Cathy Bittle, Chairman John McBlain, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Councilman Mike Culp, Yeadon Public Library Director, Richard E. Ashby, Jr., and Delaware County Libraries Public Relations and Grants Coordinator Brian Dillon.

Bottom row, from left: J. Lewis Crozer Library Director, Mark Winston, Middletown Free Library Director, Mary Glendenning, Delaware County Libraries Reference and Outreach Coordinator, Diane Arnold, Haverford Township Free Library Reference Manager, Amy Moskovitz, Haverford Township Free Library Teen Program Coordinator, Jenifer Phillips, Council Kevin Madden, Helen Kate Furness Library Technical Services Librarian, Mari Ayala and Marple Public Library Director, LaTanya Burno.



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