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Posted on: February 5, 2024 | Last Modified on: February 5, 2024

Children & Families Invited to Join the African American Read-In at SML

Children & Families Invited to Join the African American Read-In at SML

Shreve Memorial Library is inviting children and families to join the African American Read-In this month as part of the library’s Black History Month celebration. Created in 1990, the African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. Now through February 29, Shreve Memorial Library patrons can join the African American Read-In by visiting library branches for special storytime programs or by checking out books by and about African American authors, characters, and culture.

The National African American Read-In was created by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Since its creation, the African American Read-In has reached more than 6 million participants worldwide, engaging communities to read together and celebrate African American books and authors. Each February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens host events such as book discussions, book club meetings, public readings, and media presentations as part of the event.

At Shreve Memorial Library, library branches will host African American Read-In storytime programs, highlighting books written by African American authors and celebrating African American culture and history. Storytime programs will feature engaging stories, songs, and activities for children, as well as a corresponding craft to accompany the themes discussed. Storytime programs are designed for children under age 11; however, parents and children of all ages are welcome to attend. All storytime programs are free and open to the public.

African American Read-In storytime programs will take place during the month of February at Shreve Memorial Library branches throughout Caddo Parish. Weekly storytime programs will take place at the Mooretown, North Caddo, and Mooringsport Branches, while other library branches will schedule special African American Read-In storytime events on specific dates and times in February. A complete schedule of African American Read-In storytime events at Shreve Memorial Library is included below and available online at

In addition to storytime programs, the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch will host a special poetry-themed African American Read-In event on Monday, February 12. The Poetry Read-In is designed to encourage literacy and public speaking amongst children. Children will be able to read and listen to poetry written and inspired by African Americans, as well as recite their own poetry. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch, located at 2105 Hollywood Avenue.

To learn more about the National African American Read-In, please visit

Shreve Memorial Library African American Read-In Storytime Schedule 2024

Drop-In Storytimes available during business hours at: Means Branch, 7016 E. Magnolia Lane, Ida 

Weekly Storytime Programs

·         Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. at North Caddo Branch, 615 N. Pine Street, Vivian

·         Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. at Mooretown Branch, 4360 Hollywood Avenue

·         Fridays at 12:00 p.m. at Mooringsport Branch, 603 Latimer Street, Mooringsport

Wednesday, February 6

·         10:30 a.m. at Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch, 8303 Line Avenue

·         11:00 a.m. at Gilliam Branch, 12797 Main Street, Gilliam

Thursday, February 8

·         4:00 p.m. at Belcher-Wyche Branch, 409 Charles Street, Belcher

Monday, February 12

·         10:00 a.m. at West Shreveport Branch, 4380 Pines Road

·         4:00 p.m. at Atkins Branch, 3704 Greenwood Road

·         4:00 p.m. at North Shreveport Branch, 4844 North Market Street

·         4:30 p.m. at Oil City Branch, 102 Allen Street, Oil City

Thursday, February 15

·         10:00 a.m. at the David Raines Branch, 2855 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

Saturday, February 17

·         10:00 a.m. at Broadmoor Branch, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive

·         10:00 a.m. at Wallette Branch, 363 Hearne Avenue

Monday, February 26

·         10:00 a.m. at West Shreveport Branch

Tuesday, February 20

·         1:00 p.m. at Blanchard Branch, 344 Alexander Street, Blanchard

Wednesday, February 21

·         1:00 p.m. at Blanchard Branch

Thursday, February 22

·         1:00 p.m. at Blanchard Branch

Friday, February 23

·         1:00 p.m. at Blanchard Branch

Tuesday, February 27

·         4:00 p.m. at Higginbotham-Bryson Branch, 9359 Greenwood Road, Greenwood

Wednesday, February 28

·         10:00 a.m. at Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop

·         10:30 a.m. at Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch

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