National Black Book Festival

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Saturday, July 10, 2010








Number 9
You know, if you have been away from the library for a while, you need to check them out again. You are broke, I’m broke, everyone is broke and money is hard to get with due to these hard financial times. Libraries have seen a very large increase in people borrowing books, DVDs, and CDs. They are using the internet, holding meetings and book clubs, and attending free classes. I’m a volunteer at the Charleston County Library in downtown Charleston and I have seen the increase. Many people are in there, not just to find books, but to look for jobs using the internet. Attend classes on how to start your own business, use Face book and other social sites to help locate friends, network or to just to look around.
That has always been the first place I go when I need a book or just to browse and feel what these authors are writing. It’s free and you will be surprise what you may find at your local library. Since money is so tight, borrowing from the library saves you money, but also buying your books for the Kindle or iPad saves too. Visit you local library and say thank you to the librarians. She or He will appreciate it.

HEY - - ONE DOLLAR OR FREE!!!!

FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT
ONE DAY AT ARLE - $1.00
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was an English- American playwright and author. She was best known for her children's stories, in particular The Secret Garden (1911) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886). Her first story was published in Godey's Lady's Book in 1868. Her main writing talent was combining realistic detail of working-class life with a romantic plot. Quote from Amazon.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
UP FROM SLAVERY – Free
A classic Black History read. This is one of those books where it is still required reading at school and colleges, but it should also be ingrained in every African American home. It talks about black economic empowerment, home ownership, self-help, and, yes we need this - high self esteem. I understand that some people will wonder why they should read this book, but as the old saying goes, “Those who forget the past will repeat it.”

W.E.B. Dubois
THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK – Free
Another book that should be read by every African American. It is an easy read of the history of us!!! You can carry it around and prove to your friends that you know what you are talking about.

HARRIET ANN JACOBS INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL
WRITTEN BY HERSELF - Free
A few years ago, in my English class, this was a required reading assignment. I usually know all of the Black history books and their authors, but this was the first time I read her book. It did not feel like a history book, but a good story of how life actually was during slavery and how she survived. There were small hiccups that I did not quire understand. Selling her virginity for freedom, but in those days, did you have a choice? There are, of course, those who treated her like all were treated during that time, but she kept on going. Just like my grandmother did during her time and just like me. This is one of the few books from a woman who was actually able to record her life.

ZORE NEALE HURSTON and LANGSTON HUGHES
THE MULE-BONE: A COMEDY OF NEGRO – Free
Two of the most powerful African American writers. There is nothing more to say, just get the book, you will not be disappointed.