An appearance by Atlantic City native and award-winning illustrator/author Kadir Nelson will be among the children’s programs offered by the Atlantic City Free Public Library in February in celebration of Black History Month.
Nelson, who spent part of his childhood in Atlantic City, will be a guest speaker for the program “Making Your Dreams a Reality” on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 12:30 p.m. at the All Wars Memorial Building (1510 Adriatic Ave.).
Nelson was just named the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Hamilton King Award. It is presented each year to a Society of Illustrators member for outstanding accomplishment and repeated excellence. The award spotlights one of the artist’s best works for that year, representative of their career, and can only be received once in their lifetime.
Nelson, who has also received Caldecott, NAACP and Coretta Scott King Author awards, has had his works exhibited in major national and international publications, art galleries and museums.
Also, he has gained acclaim for his award-winning children’s books, including “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball,” “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” and “Nelson Mandela.” Nelson is the cover artist for Michael Jackson’s posthumous album, “Michael,” as well as the recently released album “Nothing Was The Same” by the artist Drake.
The library will offer additional Black History Month children’s programs:
• After-school Program: Betcha Can’t Eat Just One on Friday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m. – Children and teens are invited to a special potato chip taste testing to honor the African-American inventor of the potato chip, George Crum. Participants will taste a variety of chips and vote for the best following a reading of “George Crum and the Saratoga Chip” by Gaylia Taylor.
• Teen Art Series: ‘I Have A Dream’ Cards on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. – Each teen will create a small deck of playing card-sized works of art. Each card will represent a dream or goal they have for their lives. Pull a card from your deck and remind yourself what’s really most important in your life. Teen Art Series events require no previous art experience. All supplies are provided.
• Creative Craft Tuesday on Tuesdays, Feb. 11 and 25, at 3:30 p.m. – Children ages 6-12 will have the opportunity to make a Black History Month-themed craft.
• Fun Day Sunday: Tribute to Author/Illustrator Faith Ringgold on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. – Faith Ringgold, an African-American artist, is best known for her large story quilts depicting the African-American experience. Quilt designs were often used to tell stories, reflect family histories and sometimes to carry messages. After hearing a reading of Ringgold’s “Tar Beach,” winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration, participants will create their own quilted patterns using origami and construction paper. All ages. Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, to register for this program.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information about these programs.