Little Free Library Unbound: A Digital Events Series
We’re excited to announce Little Free Library Unbound, our brand-new digital events series connecting stewards, supporters, and book-lovers of all kinds to chat about literacy, book sharing, stewardship, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for our guest panelists, and our moderator will lead a discussion alongside the Q&A.
The first chapter of Unbound introduced our Read in Color program and featured guest panelists who were partners in the Read in Color launch! LFL national board chair, Anita Merina, moderated Q&A sessions with award-winning author Tameka Fryer Brown, as well as owner of Black Garnet Books, Dionne Simms. If you missed it, watch the replay below or on our YouTube channel and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!
LFL Unbound: Chapter 1 Replay
LFL Unbound: Chapter 1 Guest Panelists and Moderators
Tameka Fryer Brown
Tameka Fryer Brown is an award-winning picture book author. Her titles include AROUND OUR WAY ON NEIGHBORS’ DAY (Abrams BFYR) and MY COLD PLUM LEMON PIE BLUESY MOOD (Viking Children’s/PRH), which was lauded as a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, a Bank Street College Best Book, a CCBC Choices Best Book, an Abilene ISD Mockingbird Award nominee, a SIBA Book Award nominee, a Star of the North Picture Book Award nominee, and one of NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. Her work is also featured in the much-heralded anthology, WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES (Crown BFYR/Just Us Books).
Dionne is a queer, Minnesotan designer. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Communications, she used her love of storytelling and advocacy to dive into a career in User Experience Design. Still, her heart and passion stayed closely tied to reading, writing, and community-building. Black Garnet Books is a Black, woman-owned bookstore located in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, primarily stocking Adult and YA contemporary literature by Black and racially-diverse authors. We’re incredibly excited to introduce everyone to underrepresented voices and stories, new and old, that support and affirm the cultures they’re connected to.
Anita Merina joined the Little Free Library board after retiring from the National Education Association where she coordinated NEA’s Read Across America program. During her tenure, Anita helped create NEA’s Books Across America school library grants and partnerships with Youth Service America, First Book, Heart of America Foundation, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Library of Congress, and We Need Diverse Books. Through her role, she also gained valuable experience in fundraising, celebrity and influencer outreach, community organizing, and strategic partnerships. Outside of literacy, she is a full-time glass artist and enjoys tennis and gardening.
Upcoming Chapters of Little Free Library Unbound
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- Little Free Library Micro-Networks
- Literacy and Book Access in Indigenous Communities
- What is a Book Desert?
- 2021 Todd H. Bol Award Winners
- Authors and their Little Free Libraries
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