The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) recently selected Caldwell County Public Library’s Black History Month Celebration: Black Farmers in America program as its top adult program for mid-sized public libraries.
Chosen for the award by library directors from around the state, the month-long program featured the traveling photo exhibit, Distant Echoes: Black Farmers in America, by award-winning photojournalist, John Ficara. As a compliment to the exhibit, the library hosted Rev. Richard Joyner, a pastor from Conetoe, North Carolina, who has been working to provide healthy food to his community. The program also included a reading challenge and highlighted the seed library.
To carry-out the program, library staff worked with Caldwell County NAACP, Caldwell County Cooperative Extension, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, Friends of the Library, Lenoir Parks and Recreation, and Systel Business Solutions.
“When I came to Caldwell County from the Washington, D.C. Public Library three years ago, it was with the intention of cultivating an award-winning library system. We’ve done that. I’m proud of the staff and community that supported this program. This is an excellent step in making Caldwell County Public Library a premier library in North Carolina,” said Caldwell County Public Library Director Lesley Mason.
Staff will receive the “2019 NCPLDA Award: Library Programming Award (Adult),” a first for Caldwell County Public Library, during the association’s annual winter meeting in Winston-Salem.
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