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Toddlers Learn About Black History At Library

Andrea Blackman reading to toddlers and their parents Andrea Blackman reading to toddlers and their parents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - During Black History month, Nashville Public Library presented special programs.

At the Hermitage Branch, toddlers got involved in the observance.

In February, Andrea Blackman was a guest reader. She read books by or about African Americans.

"I think the stories, they just like to pretend a lot," she said. "And that's just part of growing up."

The library has story time every Wednesday. It's a good for a number of reasons.

During her time with the children, the storyteller also sings and dances with the children.

Although the children may not understand exactly what Black History month means, their parents do.

Shannon Goldsby appreciates the diversity.

"It's great to give them exposure to all kinds of stories, not just the basic fairy tales, but to know about history and to know and learn those things as well," Goldsby said.

Wanda Carnes wants her grandson to learn from the experience.

She said it is important for him to learn about his background.

She said he needs to know "where his family came from and learn to be responsible and understand that he's important and needs to know that."

Kenneth Hayes said the reading time is preparing Kendall for school.

"This is good to actually get them started and get them ready for when school starts," Hayes said. "They can focus and listen to what somebody's telling them."

Blackman knows the secret to getting a little one's attention.

"Selecting a book that has pictures and colors and something that the kids can relate to, every child can relate to home or family or experience a smell or sight," she said. "So you find things, books that every child can relate to."

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