I was very excited to hear that our local, public library was hosting author, Nic Stone, in their Main branch as part of their Black History Month celebrations. I shared the event information with my faculty, students and especially, our book club. Lucky for me, the library staff saw my tweets sharing the event and contacted me to find out if I would be interested in having her visit our school that day.
I quickly ordered and shared more copies of Dear Martin and made posters advertising her visit during our lunch times. One of my teachers brought her entire class and we had a good turn out from book club members and other students. She was a very engaging, relatable speaker. She shared her inspirations for the book and how it connects to race relations in our country today. The teacher that brought her class said that the discussion continued when they returned to the classroom. Honestly, these are discussions that need to be happening in our rural, conservative, mostly white school. I was honored to meet her and so excited that the Anderson County Public Library arranged for her visit. Twitter works, people! And be sure to build those connections with your local library.