Join Springfield African American Read-In on Friday, February 28, 2020 and Saturday, February 29, 2020 to hear rich stories as told by Gladys Caines Coggeswell, famed storyteller and author of the book Stories from the Heart: Missouri’s African American Heritage. Ms. Coggeswell is recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Missouri Humanities Council. In Springfield, Ms. Coggeswell will share stories that she has collected professionally over many years, as well as stories that were told to her by her great-grandmother. A storytelling presentation will be held at the Library Station (2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO) on February 28, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. that is free to a general public of all ages, children and adults. On Saturday morning, 9:00 a.m until 12:00 noon, at the Springfield Art Museum (1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield, MO) Ms. Coggeswell, with her apprentice Ms. Angela Williams, will facilitate an interactive workshop titled “Developing and Telling Family Stories.” The free workshop is appropriate for amateur and professional storytellers, as well as young adults with an interest in storytelling.
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Missouri State University Meyer Library, Auditorium 101
A panel will discuss the topic “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors–African American Children’s Literature Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Panelists include Community Activist/Author/University Professor Sabrina Brinson; Minister/Community Organizer Christine Peoples; and Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Davis. They will discuss background knowledge, along with their experiences sharing African American literature with children and youth. Audience members are welcome to participate in a general Q&A.
This event is part of the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Springfield African American Read-In.
AG Ford, the illustrator of best-selling children’s literature, will discuss his work, the process of making picture book art, and becoming an illustrator during two free Springfield events.
Thursday, March 28, 2019:
- 2p.m. – 3p.m. followed by a book signing in the Missouri State University, Meyer Library, auditorium 101
- 7:p.m. – 8:00pm followed by a book signing in the Library Center (4653 S. Campbell Avenue)
Books will be available for purchase at the events.
The art of AG Ford has appeared in over 30 books published for children, including “My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” and “Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Would Grow Up To Become Malcolm X,” both featured titles in the traveling exhibit Telling a People’s Story: African American Children’s Illustrated Literature that is being shown in Springfield.
An Opening Reception for the traveling exhibit Telling A People’s Story: African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature will be held on February 1, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:30pm at The Library Center (4653 S. Campbell Avenue). The Telling a People’s Story Exhibit follows the journey of African American People from Africa past to America present through children’s books. A highlight to the exhibit will be a speaking visit in March 2019 by best-selling children’s book illustrator AG Ford whose art work is featured in the exhibit. The exhibit showing is in celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Springfield African American Read-In. Telling a People’s Story will be on display at The Library Center from February 2019 thru March 2019 and on display at the Missouri State University, Meyer Library from April 2019 thru May 2019. The exhibit reception, which is free and open to a general public, will feature music, games, and prizes. Refreshments will be served.
Panels from the exhibit Telling a People’s Story
Announcing the Tenth Anniversary Theme: “Freedom Stories…The Journey Continues”
Events begin in February 2019!