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Esther Bone Memorial Library hosts “Telling a People’s Story: African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature”

From June 6 through July 25, Esther Bone Memorial Library will host “Telling a People’s Story,” an exhibit from Miami University Art Museum that features African-American children’s illustrated literature. Esther Bone Library is currently the only library in the west to host this exhibit.

An opening reception will take place on June 11 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. where visitors can enjoy light refreshments and live music performed by jazz singer and trumpet player Christine Fawson while viewing the exhibit. After the reception, children’s author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson will discuss two of her books that are featured in the exhibit–The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore and Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal.

On June 22 at 4:00 p.m., Esther Bone Library will host a jazz concert. Christine Fawson will highlight the musicians featured in the “Telling a People’s Story” exhibit, including a scat performance reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald.

The exhibit and accompanying events are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho.

The Esther Bone Memorial Library is located at 950 Pinetree Road. For more information about the exhibition, please visit For more information about Rio Rancho Public Libraries, please visit


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