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Norfolk Public Library Celebrates



Theme: “Civil Rights in America”

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February 2014 CONTENTS


Special Events 2 Weekend Series @ Pretlow 2 Trek for Civility Week 3-5 NPL Branch Events 5 757 Authors Civil Rights Activist Joseph A. Jordan 7 What’s in a Branch Name? 7 2014 Norfolk Historical Calendar 8-11 2014 AAHM Booklist 12 The Sargeant Memorial Collection 13 Slover Memorial Library 1

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In this guide, you will find quality events scheduled at all NPL locations, including musical performances, lectures, exhibits and more. Additionally, you will find a booklist that serves as a pathfinder to literature, movies and websites about the history and culture of African-Americans. The booklist and an updated online events calendar are also available at



The Norfolk Public Library is excited to offer special events this February in recognition of African-American History Month. The Library celebrates cultural months in order to promote civility, learning, cultural diversity and to cultivate a deeper understanding of our country’s history.

Special Events Steel Drums—World Music Workshop Multicultural Performing Arts Consulting

Journey from Sub-Saharan Africa through Trinidad and Cuba to the United States as instruments from around the world are demonstrated. (All Ages)

Saturday, February 1 Janaf Branch @ 2:30 PM

Saturday, February 8 Lafayette Branch @ 2 PM

Saturday, February 15 Park Place Branch @ 1 PM

Atumpan—The Talking Drums

Voyage to the Mother Land with Corey and LaQuita Staten as your guides. They’ll weave folktales and other stories together with the aid of their drums. (Family)

Tuesday, February 4

Little Creek Branch @ 5:30 PM

Saturday, February 8

Horace C. Downing Branch @ 1 PM

Wednesday, February 12

Barron F. Black Branch @ 11 AM

Dylan Pritchett—The Storyteller

Pritchett stays true to the art of traditional African oral storytelling. This entertaining program teaches morals and values while stretching the imaginations of all! (Family)

Saturday, February 8 Blyden Branch @ 1 PM

Tuesday, February 11

Larchmont Branch @ 5 PM

Saturday, February 15 Van Wyck Branch @ 2 PM

Tuesday, February 18

Jordan-Newby Branch @ 3:30 PM


Branch Events TREK for Civility Week





Program Series

@ Pretlow Anchor Branch Library African-American Genealogy

Sargeant Memorial Collection Saturday, February 1 @ 2 PM Trace your ancestral roots with Sargeant Memorial Collection staff. Join us in the 2nd Floor Program Room! (Adults)

Curator Therbia Parker presents African-American Artifacts

Saturday, February 8 @ 2 PM View artifacts from Parker’s massive collection that span from the antebellum South to the days of Jim Crow in an open discussion forum. (Adults)

January 18-26, 2014

Tolerance • Respect • Empathy • Kindness

Join NPL in its mission to spread civility to the Norfolk community. Attend a variety of special events in January. For a complete list of events, go to

“We Have a Dream” Poster *All supplies provided.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Wednesday, January 15 @ 2:30 PM Jordan-Newby Branch Library Remember Dr. King’s dream and the fact that one man helped change the whole country. Get inspired and create your very own poster of peace, hope and equality. If you could change things in the world, what would they be? (Family)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Concert

Saturday, January 18 @ 2 PM Blyden Branch Library The Voices of Norfolk Concert Choir honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Family)

Sharing the Dream

Saturday, January 18 @ 2 PM Janaf Branch Library Let’s keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive with our children by sharing the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book, I Have a Dream. Hear Dr. King’s speech and view beautifully painted illustrations by Kadir Nelson. (Family)

Dr. Martin Luther Jr. King Birthday Bash

Ubuntu Dance Collective presents African Dancing Infusion

Saturday, February 15 @ 2 PM Step into the beauty and rhythm of African dance and learn a few steps from West Africa, the Caribbean and Urban America! (Family)

Historical Character Reenactment: Fannie Lou Hamer

Sunday, February 23 @ 2 PM This compelling reenactment explores the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, one of Mississippi’s great civil rights activists. Hamer was savagely beaten almost to the point of death, but it didn’t break her tenacious spirit. “Sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Hamer rose to the occasion. (Family) 2

Tuesday, January 21 @ 4 PM Lafayette Branch Library Honor Dr. King’s legacy of peace, equality and civility with Storytime and a craft. (Preschool & School Age)

I Have a Dream

Tuesday, January 21 @ 4 PM Little Creek Branch Library Honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the short film, I Have a Dream (2005), and an activity. (Family)

Teaching Tolerance Film: A Time for Justice

Thursday, January 23 @ 3 PM Van Wyck Branch Library Academy Award-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim captures the spirit of the civil rights movement through historical footage and voices of those who participated in the struggle. This short film covers the bus boycott in Montgomery, the school crisis in Little Rock, the violence in Birmingham, and the triumphant 1965 Voting Rights March. (Tweens & Teens)

Creating a City of Readers

Branch Events African-American History Month Storytime

In Celebration of All That I Am

Saturday, February 1 @ 2 PM Blyden Branch Library Don’t miss this multi-media presentation featuring master storyteller Mendel Denise Service, celebrating the contributions of black women in the civil rights movement. Mendel explores behind the scenes stories and shows how the simple acts of ordinary people can achieve the extraordinary. Women from all walks of life were willing to take dire risks, emphasizing that all humans have dreams, seek to be free, and deserve respect. (Family)

American Girl Book Club: Addy Walker

Monday, February 3 @ 4 PM Larchmont Branch Library Read about Addy Walker, a courageous girl in 1864 who was determined to be free. Enjoy discussions, crafts, dinner and dessert! (School Age)

American Girl Book & Dinner Club: Meet Addy!

Mondays @ 5-6:15 PM (February 3, 10 & 24; March 3) Little Creek Branch Library Bring your American Girl doll and learn more about Addy Walker. Her story is set in the midst of the American Civil War. Registration is required. Please call to sign up! (School Age)

Thursdays @ 10:30 AM (February 6, 13, 20 & 27) Little Creek Branch Library Storytimes are dedicated to African-American History Month each week in February at Little Creek Branch Library! (Preschool)

African Beading

Thursday, February 6 @ 4 PM Barron F. Black Branch Library Learn the meaning and art of African beads, and take home your very own bracelet! (School Age & Teens)

Civil Rights Film Festival

Thursdays @ 4 PM (February 6, 13, 20 & 27) Lafayette Branch Library Lafayette Branch proudly presents a month-long film festival in celebration of African-American History Month. Films highlight key figures and struggles during the civil rights movement in America. (Teens & Adults)

Feb. 6: Feb. 13: Feb. 20: Feb. 27:

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (PG-13) 42: The True Story of an American Legend (PG-13) The Help (PG-13) Red Tails (PG-13)

Storytime: A West African Tale

Thursday, February 6 @ 10:30 AM Horace C. Downing Branch Library Hear a West African tale of a mosquito and find out why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears. (Preschool)


Branch Events True Stories Book Club: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Friday, February 7 @ 3:30 PM Larchmont Branch Library Good novels can offer us an escape or broaden our ways of thinking, but good nonfiction has a way of uprooting our assumptions, enhancing our knowledge, and making us sound like we know what we’re talking about! This month, we discuss the life of social reformer, Frederick Douglass. (Adults)

Hands of Friendship Project: Honoring Diversity during Black History Month

Voices of Norfolk

Saturday, February 15 @ 2 PM Horace C. Downing Branch Library Experience the uplifting sounds of The Voices of Norfolk, Norfolk’s very own concert choir. (All Ages)

Art Exhibit: Photographs and Sculptured Images of Africa, from an African-American Perspective

Saturday, February 15 @ 3 PM Blyden Branch Library Robert Floyd is a Hampton Roads native who started carving seriously in 1969. He calls his work Impression of Africa. Though some of his characters cannot be found in true African art, at first glance, they look classically African. Diana Chappell-Lewis will exhibit original photographs and discuss her involvement and visits to Tema, Ghana, a sister city in the Norfolk Sister Cities program. (Family)

Friday, February 14 @ 2 PM Jordan-Newby Branch Library Celebrate the diversity of our country by tracing and decorating your hand. We’ll attach all decorated hands together to display in the Library to show our unity! (Family)

Freedom Music: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement with Shanae St. Louis

3 Great Performances! Saturday, February 8 @ 2 PM Jordan-Newby Branch Library Saturday, February 15 @ 1 PM Blyden Branch Library

Wednesday, February 19 @ 6 PM Pretlow Anchor Branch Library (Meet, Learn & Discover Series)

Contemporary gospel recording artist Shanae St. Louis gives a stirring presentation of music that transcends color, and also inspired a generation to hold on and fight for equality for all. (Family) 4

Creating a City of Readers

Image courtesy of Shanae St. Louis.

Branch Events African Masks—Learn and Create

Gospel Concert

Tuesday, February 18 @ 4 PM - 5:30 PM Little Creek Branch Library Masks are an important part of African culture. Learn how this art form is used by different African tribes, hear a story, and make your own mask. (Family)

Saturday, February 22 @ 2 PM Blyden Branch Library Gather the family for an emboldening afternoon of song and spoken word. (Family)

African-American History Month Quiz Bowl

Saturday, February 22 @ 2 PM - 3:30 PM Little Creek Branch Library Fabric quilts were a secret communication tool to lead the way to freedom for African-American slaves. Learn about these amazing quilts and discover some great books on this topic. (Family)

Saturday, February 22 @ 10:30 AM Blyden Branch Library In a JEOPARDY!-style competition, teams of local youth will demonstrate their knowledge of African-American history. Come cheer on our 21st year! (Family)

Celebrate African-American Heritage: Freedom Quilts

Read and Support Our 757 Authors! Author Visit and Book Signing Demia Lindsey-Mitchell

TREK for Civility Week Event

Saturday, January 25 @ 1 PM Park Place Branch Library Park Place Branch welcomes local author and illustrator, Demia Lindsey-Mitchell. Mitchell will host a fun and interactive book discussion on her TyToonz series of children’s educational books which focus on the character building principles of forgiveness, balance and moderation, and identity and self-worth. (Family)

Special Storytime: Today I Met a Rainbow Author Dr. Patricia Turner of the Norfolk Seventeen

Wednesday, February 26 @ 11 AM Barron F. Black Branch Library Civil rights pioneer and educator, Dr. Patricia Turner, will read her recently published book, Today I Met a Rainbow. It depicts the true story of young “Pat’s” journey from segregation to integration as part of the original Norfolk Seventeen. Q & A to follow reading. Registration is required. (Preschool & School Age)

Celebrate with the Sistahs Visit with Local African-American Women Authors

Saturday, February 15 @ 12-2 PM Little Creek Branch Library Sistahs with Sass Urban Fiction Book Club is hosting an event highlighting local African-American women authors. Come support local writers—hear them talk about their books and enjoy a lively discussion! (Adults)

Image courtesy of the Sargeant Memorial Collection.


Joseph A. Jordan Jr. - Civil Rights Pioneer By City Historian Peggy McPhillips

in Norfolk’s U. S. District Court on behalf of Mrs. Evelyn Thomas Butts to have the state’s poll tax declared unconstitutional. The poll tax was a tax levied on individuals as a prerequisite for voting. Although levied on all voters regardless of race, the tax effectively disenfranchised the poor, including many African-Americans. The tax was outlawed nationally in January 1964 by ratification of the 24th Amendment, but that amendment addressed only federal elections, while remaining silent on the applicability in state and local elections. Jordan’s suit was defeated nine times by local and state courts before finally working its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court in March 1966, where the Virginia poll tax was held invalid for state and local elections as well as federal elections.


A wheelchair-bound Jordan is pictured with Mrs. Evelyn Butts (standing).

oseph A. Jordan Jr. was an attorney and Norfolk native. A World War II veteran, wounded while serving in France, he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Jordan was the first African-American to be elected to Norfolk City Council in the 20th century and became Vice-Mayor in 1972. He was appointed General District Court judge in 1977. In the 1970s, Jordan began to campaign for a permanent memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the intersection of Church Street and Brambleton Avenue, and worked to raise funds from the Norfolk community. The Joe Jordan Foundation continued to fundraise after Jordan’s death in 1991, and the monument was dedicated in January 2000, in memoriam to Dr. King and to the Norfolk man whose vision it was. Words from Dr. King are inscribed on the four sides of the 83-foot high obelisk.

Evelyn Butts was an unemployed seamstress, mother of three and wife of a disabled veteran when she took on the Virginia poll tax in November 1963. The success of her suit in 1966 meant that many new voters could be registered with the poll tax no longer an obstacle. Mrs. Butts became an organizer and chair of the Concerned Citizens for Political Education. It was said that she was responsible for registering more new voters than anyone in Hampton Roads. Joseph Jordan died in 1991 at age 67. Evelyn Butts died in 1993 at the age of 68.

As an attorney, Jordan was responsible for bringing a number of civil rights suits, including one that made constitutional history. In November 1963, he filed suit 6

Creating a City of Readers

Mr. Jordan takes the oath for his seat on Norfolk’s City Council (ca. 1972).

Branch Name Honors Legacy of Civil Rights Trailblazers Jordan-Newby Branch Library

Take a


stroll down memory lane.

The 2014 Norfolk Historical Calendar is on sale now!

The Jordan-Newby Branch Library today, located at 961 Park Avenue across the street from Booker T. Washington High School.


he Brambleton Branch Library opened on April 26, 1922 at 1520 E. Brambleton Avenue. It was named for the neighborhood that it serves, which was named for George Bramble, the Norfolk County landowner on whose property the neighborhood was developed. In 1986, a new Brambleton Branch opened its doors at 961 Park Avenue. In 1997, it was renamed the Jordan-Newby Branch to honor the late Judge Joseph A. Jordan (see Jordan’s biography on opposite page) and members of the Newby family. Dr. Thomas Newby (1935-1997) was a Norfolk educator, and the first graduate of Booker T. Washington High School to return to the school to serve as its principal. His brother, Dr. James E. Newby Jr. (1930-1971), was Chief of Medicine at Norfolk Community Hospital and the first African-American to serve on the Norfolk Planning Commission. Their father, James E. Newby Sr. (19001983), was a Norfolk educator and principal at Ruffner and Rosemont Junior High Schools in Dr. James E. Newby Jr. Photo courtesy of the Norfolk.

The NPL Foundation’s 2014 calendar is on sale at all NPL locations, select retailers and online. For information, go to Proceeds support the new Sargeant Memorial Collection in the Slover Memorial Library (opening winter 2014/2015).

The calendar is sponsored by the Norfolk Public Library Foundation in partnership with The Norfolk Historical Society; The Law Firm of Decker, Cardon, Thomas, Weintraub and Neskis, PC; and Dominion Capital Partners.

Virginian Pilot.


African-American History Month


2014 Booklist

Theme: Civil Rights in America

f r i ca n - A m e r i ca n H i sto r y Month is celebrated each February since 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson sought to commemorate the contributions of people of African descent in the United States through the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). Originally, the second week in February was chosen because it spans the birthdays of both President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass until the commemoration was eventually expanded into two weeks. In 1976, President Gerald Ford extended the celebration from two weeks into an official month.

slaves found liberation as “contraband of war” at Fort Monroe and other federal camps during the Civil War. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution ended slavery in the US in 1865, but it would take another century of advocacy and work for all Americans to gain their civil rights

Virginia has seen many milestones in the history of civil rights in America. It begins in 1619 with the landing of enslaved Africans at Old Point Comfort (today Ft. Monroe in Hampton, VA). Colonial laws of the 17th century gradually codified slavery and reduced the civil rights of African-Americans, women and nonlandowners. For centuries, enslaved people bravely took upon themselves their own liberation through hard work, rebellion, advocacy and escape. Virginia saw the beginning of the end of slavery as escaped

The Sargeant Memorial Collection staff members at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library can also provide assistance researching local African-American history and genealogy.


To commemorate this special month, we have provided this selected list of books, videos and websites that will help you learn more about African-American history with an emphasis on this year’s theme, Civil Rights in America. All books and videos are available in the Norfolk Public Library catalog, and the websites and databases can be viewed online at any of the public computer stations located in the Library or from the convenience of your own home. Additional assistance is available at your local branch library.

For more selections, see prior years’ booklists on the Library’s Bibliographies page.

The 2014 booklist on the following pages has been created for your education and reading enjoyment.

Creating a City of Readers

Adult Nonfiction The Big Smoke

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

(Adrian Matejka) The legendary Jack Johnson (1878–1946), the child of emancipated slaves, overcame the violent segregationism of Jim Crow to become the first African-American heav y weight world cha m p i on . National Book Award finalist for poetry.

(Taylor Branch) A chronicle of 18 key events in the civil rights movement traces how it evolved from a bus strike to a political and social revolution. Includes selections from the author’s America in the King Years trilogy.

King: A Biography

Bury My Clothes

(David Levering Lewis) This new edition of an acclaimed book wends through the corridors in which King held court, posing the right questions and providing a keen measure of the man whose career and mission enthrall scholars and general readers to this day.

(Roger Bonair-Agard) This National Book Award finalist is a meditation on violence, race, and the place in art at which they intersect. Art—specifically in oppressed communities—is about survival, Roger Bonair-Agard asserts, and establishing personhood in a world that says you have none.

The Butler: A Witness to History

(Wil Haygood) Son of a Virginia sharecropper, Eugene Allen rose to the rank of butler in the Truman White House. From his unique vantage point “in the hard shadow of power,” Allen witnessed history unfurl before him. Subject of the movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land

(Joseph E. Lowery) The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery has been an eyewitness to some of the most significant events in our history and a voice that speaks truth to power-inspiring change that moves us forward.

Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time

( A d r i a n M i l l e r ) D e l ve s i n t o t h e influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the complex culinary and social history of one dish, Miller uncovers what it means for AfricanAmerican culture and identity.

Eyes On the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 (Juan Williams) This compelling oral history of the first ten years of the civil rights movement is a tribute to the men and women, both black and white, who took part in the fight for justice and kept their eyes on the prize of freedom. Also on DVD.

To the Mountaintop: My Journey through the Civil Rights Movement

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

(Alan Taylor) Drawn from new sources, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents a gripping narrative that recreates the events that inspired hundreds of slaves living along the Chesapeake Bay to pressure British admirals into becoming liberators. National Book Award finalist.

(Charlayne Hunter-Gault) A personal history of the civil rights movement from an activist and acclaimed journalist begins at the 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama and journeys back through the decades.


Adult Fiction The Good Lord Bird

(James McBride) Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. Finalist for the National Book Award.

We Need New Names

(NoViolet Bulawayo) Follows tenyear-old Zimbabwe native, Darling, as she escapes the closed schools and paramilitary police control of her homeland in search of opportunity and freedom in America. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Safe from the Neighbors

(Steve Yarbrough) A high school history teacher looks into his own past and begins to discover secrets from his childhood in Mississippi during the 1960s—secrets that he didn’t know existed connecting him to the violence of the Civil Rights movement.

Juvenile and Young Adult Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II

(Cheryl Mullenbach) An account of the lesser-known contributions of AfricanAmerican women during World War II reveals how they helped lay the foundations for the civil rights movement by challenging racial and gender barriers at home and abroad.


(Cory Doctorow) When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumb drive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reformminded employer ’s election campaign, are all endangered.

Medgar Evers and the NAACP

(Gary Jeffrey) Medgar Evers’ story of courage, dignity and sacrifice is a reminder of the high price some paid to ensure that the United States would meet its promise of equal rights and equal opportunity for all.

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(Martin Luther King III; ill. by AG Ford) An account of the author’s brief years shared with his father offers insight into their special bond, their separation during Dr. King’s imprisonment, and the author’s witness to the famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

No Crystal Stair

(Vaunda Micheaux Nelson) A fictionalized biography of the bookseller and civil rights activist Lewis Michaux who owned the African National Memorial Bookstore in Harlem—an intellectual gathering place for everyone from Muhammad Ali to Malcolm X.


(Walter Dean Myers) Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry were friends in Virginia, but now that they are both involved in the Normandy invasion, the differences in their positions is uncomfortable, for Josiah is a white infantryman and Marcus is a black transport driver, the only role the segregated army will allow him.


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Creating a City of Readers

Juvenile and Young Adult Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Women Civil Rights Leaders

(Anne Wallace Sharp) Placing the role of women in the Civil Rights era in context with American history, this well-illustrated book covers Ida Wells and the campaign against lynching, the women of the Montgomery bus boycott, and more.

(Gary Jeffrey) The history of the 381 daylong Montgomery Bus Boycott sparked when NAACP secretary and investigator Rosa Parks refused to change seats when a Caucasian man entered the segregated bus.

DVDs, Online Databases & Websites DVDs


42: The True Story of an American Legend

Tells the life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.

World Book Encyclopedia: State-of-the-art multimedia accompanies entries. Biography in Context: Outstanding research support with 600,000+ biographical entries.

Betty & Coretta

Two extraordinary women-Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X-come to life in this Lifetime Movie Network movie.

Literati Public: Educational content for K-12 students and adults, informational videos and tutorials. Contemporary Black Biographies: Biographical profiles of important persons of African heritage. Multinational coverage spans the century and includes rising personalities as well as groundbreakers and newsmakers in a variety of fields

Ida B. Wells: Crusader for Human Rights

Profiles the life and work of African-American journalist, Ida B. Wells (1862-1931), a community organizer, grass roots leader and precursor of the modern civil rights movement who waged a relentless public battle against the injustices of lynching and violence against Blacks.

Norfolk Journal and Guide 1921-2003: This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with articles from the Norfolk Journal and Guide, 1921-2003.

King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis

The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970.

Red Tails

Use your Norfolk Public Library card number for access to these and more resources found on our database page:

As World War II takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky, even as they battle discrimination on the ground.

WEBSITES African-American History: 17 Collections Browse or search primary sources and reference information in 17 categories of African-American history.

Culture and Change: Black History in America Students can publish their own writings, listen to jazz music, and explore history through an interactive timeline.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: African-American History and Culture Events African-American History and Culture online encyclopedia.

History Channel: Black History Month Contains an interactive timeline, videos, African-American facts, milestones, maps, and 65 icons of black history.


Fill in Your Family Tree Free Local History & Genealogy Classes

Visit the Sargeant Memorial Collection Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library

111 W. Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23503 ~ (757) 664-7485 INFO:

NPL is home to the Sargeant Memorial Collection (SMC)—one of Virginia’s finest local history and genealogy collections. Whether you’re a local history buff or genealogy novice, our highly-trained staff is ready to assist you with your research needs! Register early. Classes are limited to 20 people.


African-American Genealogy Class

Saturday, Feb. 1 @ 2 - 4 PM


Creating a City of Readers

Slover Memorial Library Coming Winter 2014/2015


he Slover Memorial Library will be a highly accessible, engaging and attractive information and education destination for all who live, work, or visit Hampton Roads. Scheduled to open late 2014, the new library will be you and your family’s headquarters to study and explore the world. Generous community support is needed for the Technology Reserve Fund to ensure that the technology, software and staff training are the most advanced in the field, and in order to provide leadership in patron service.

Please join your neighbors in supporting this important project. Make your gift today at INFO: (757) 664-4320


Coming Winter 2014/2015: Slover Memorial Library 235 E. Plume Street Norfolk, VA 23510

NPL Things To Do:

Stop By and See the ART! “I Stand Tall”

This folk art features pieces from an exhibit titled I Stand Tall, created by local author and artist Mendel Denise Service. Plan your visit to view the entire exhibit at the Blyden Branch Library!

Barron F. Black Branch Library 6700 East Tanners Creek Drive Norfolk, VA 23513 (757) 441-5806 Blyden Branch Library 879 E. Princess Anne Road Norfolk, VA 23504 (757) 441-2852 Horace C. Downing Branch Library 555 E. Liberty Street Norfolk, VA 23523 (757) 441-1968 Janaf Branch Library 124 Janaf Shopping Center Norfolk, VA 23502 (757) 441-5660 Jordan-Newby Branch Library 961 Park Avenue Norfolk, VA 23504 (757) 441-2843

Service customized t he art w o rk a n d dedicated it to the Blyden Branch in August 2013 to commemorate the b ranc h ’s 9 2 n d anniversary and grand reopening.

Lafayette Branch Library 1610 Cromwell Drive Norfolk, VA 23509 (757) 441-2842 Larchmont Branch Library 6525 Hampton Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23508 (757) 441-5335 Little Creek Branch Library 7853 Tarpon Place Norfolk, VA 23518 (757) 441-1751 Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library 111 W. Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503 (757) 441-1750

Did You Know? The Blyden Branch was the first library for black citizens in Virginia to be supported by a municipality.

Park Place Branch Library 620 W. 29th Street Norfolk, VA 23508 (757) 664-7330 Van Wyck Branch Library 1368 DeBree Avenue Norfolk, VA 23517 (757) 441-2844 NPL Bookmobile: (757) 858-2044 Library Information: (757) 664-READ (7323)

African-American History Month Program Guide