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Boys and Girls Clubs seeking books for Black History Month – Concord Monitor

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The Boys and Girls Club of Central New Hampshire is holding a book drive, with a goal of stocking its club sites with more diverse children’s books for Black History Month.
The organization, which has afterschool locations throughout the Concord area, Kearsarge Region and Lakes Region, is partnering with Gibson’s Bookstore to create a wishlist of books that their club sites and early learning centers have requested.
Cady Hickman, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Clubs of NH, said that the idea came about last month when a group of staff members who are working on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within the organization, noticed that program staff have been requesting more books.
“We figured with Black History Month coming up, this is a great time to meet that need, provide some support through books,” Hickman said. “Books are a great resource to introduce different cultures, to introduce different families, to give kids a chance to explore different material, to let kids lead the conversation.”
The wishlist, available on the Gibson’s website, contains children’s books featuring Black characters, like Baby Goes to Market and the Lola Reads series, books about historic figures like Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr. and books with messages of inclusivity, like All Are Welcome and The Colors of Us. The Boys and Girls Club is seeking duplicates of the same books so they can be used at multiple locations.
The book drive started in January, and will continue until the end of February. So far, the organization has gathered about 90 books, according to Hickman.
People wishing to make a donation can purchase the books online from the Gibson’s wishlist, or in person at the bookstore. The wishlist can be found at: www.gibsonsbookstore.com/wishlist/712
Eileen O’Grady is a Report for America corps member covering education for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. O’Grady is the former managing editor of Scope magazine at Northeastern University in Boston, where she reported on social justice issues, community activism, local politics and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a native Vermonter and worked as a reporter covering local politics for the Shelburne News and the Citizen. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Bay State Banner, and VTDigger. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and French from Mount Holyoke College, where she served as news editor for the Mount Holyoke News from 2017-2018.
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