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Celebrate Black History Month with POWER Library!
Explore resources for all ages including biographies, photographs, reference materials, historic newspapers, e-books, and more!

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Find Interesting and Authoritative Information about Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Arthur Ashe, and more in Contemporary Authors!
Did you know?
  • Maya Angelou was Hollywood's first female black director?
  • James Baldwin was variously employed as a handyman, dishwasher, waiter, and in defense work in Belle Meade, NJ?
  • Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993?
  • Arthur Ashe discovered writing as therapy after his second coronary bypass surgery in 1983, when he began A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete.
Contemporary Authors includes the most influential black novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists, and scriptwriters. Author entries include information such as career highlights, awards, works, media adaptations, descriptive essays called "Sidelights," and further Readings.
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EBSCO eBooks Offers Many Titles Celebrating Black Women, the Struggles They Have Overcome, and the Literature They Have Created!
Find these titles and more to read online or download now!
  • Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA
  • Women of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement
  • Hair Matters: Beauty, Power, and Black Women's Consciousness
  • Black Female Playwrights: An Anthology of Plays Before 1950
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Beginning Readers Can Learn about Famous Black Americans and Events in BookFLIX!
Choose the "People & Places" category in BookFLIX to find the following title pairs that include a short video and animated e-book:
  • Amazing Grace (video) and Jackie Robison (e-book)
  • Coretta Scott (video) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (e-book)
  • Martin's Big Words (video) and Martin Luther King Jr. (e-book)
  • The Other Side (video) and Ruby Bridges (e-book)
  • Rosa (video) and Rosa Parks (e-book)
  • Show Way (video) and Harriet Tubman (e-book)
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Find Photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, and More in PA Photos and Documents!
Explore black history in photographs and newspapers digitized by institutions throughout Pennsylvania!
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Try the Find a PA Library search tool available from POWER Library. Just enter your address, city, or ZIP code and you will be provided with a list of the three libraries closest to your location.  Get a library card and find out all about the services offered at your library!
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