New Books byBlack Authors at the Mississippi Mills Library - theHumm July 2021
New Books byBlack Authors at the Mississippi Mills Library - theHumm July 2021
My name is Renée Kokonya Sullivan. I am from Kenya and have been living in Canada now for four years. I didn’t have a library growing up. I loved to read though. My only books were my textbooks from school. I loved reading through them, especially my English and Swahili books. The first time I entered a library was in university. I was in awe! So many books, such little time. I was hooked. Libraries and bookstores became some of my favourite places to hang out. I loved the smell of books, the quiet and the endless possibility of dreams that books provided. When I moved to Canada, the library was one of the first places that I went with my children. We went often and borrowed so many, too many books each time. It was so exciting to get home and read all the books, until we began to notice that something was missing. There was a huge absence of people who looked like us in the books that we read! My 5-year-old daughter also noticed. She asked me with tears in her eyes: “Mama, why is it that most books have peach people and not brown people like me?” It broke my heart!
This past February, my husband Bart and I hosted the Annual Almonte Black History Month Dance Party for a second time. In February 2020, we hosted the dance party at the Almonte Curling Club and raised $500 for Britannia Woods Community House in Ottawa. This is an organization that offers a range of programs and services for Black children, youth and their families, including offering support to families with free afterschool programming, free basketball programs, and helping youth connect with their peers and meet positive mentors and role models. We had a great time dancing, with three DJs on deck, for a very good cause, and for many of us it was the last party before the pandemic began. This year we hosted an online dance party and were greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm from our community. We had a great time dancing in our own homes, and it was so fun to see how much people got into it — dressing up, making special cocktails (no need to worry about drinking and driving), and showing off their dance moves. A great time was had by all and we raised $700, which we used to buy books by Black authors, from a Black-owned bookstore knowledgebookstore.com , that would be donated to the Almonte library.
It is one thing to say that everyone is welcome in our friendly town, but if some people don’t see themselves in their user experience of our public spaces, then it’s just talk. Actions always beat intentions. The past year has shown us just how much need there is for diverse voices in our society. As a member of this community, I decided that it was my job to create the change that I wanted to see. I was so glad to be joined by many other members of our community, who made generous contributions to this wonderful cause that also supported a Black-owned business. And I am happy to see that our library has already started to respond to requests from the community for diversity and has added quite a number of books by Black authors.
Watching the excitement in my three mixed children when the books arrived and they saw people that looked like them was wonderful! I hope other children and adults of Colour in our community will have the same experience. These books, though, are for everyone; diverse reading is good for all of us. I am so excited for the new books to go into circulation. There board books for babies, children’s books, books on Black Canadian trailblazers, Black inventors, strong Black women, fantasy, adventure and biographies.
Thank you to everyone who made a generous contribution to our cause. We would not have been able to do this without you. The library is always taking donations of cash and books. Please let them know if you would specifically like your donation to be used to add to the collection by Black authors. If you would like to take part in more dance parties for a cause, follow Stonecroft Sessions on Facebook.
There are other things that you can do to be a co-conspirator in the fight for diversity and inclusion. Remember to listen without jumping in when a person of colour shares their experience. If you are an employer, hire, retain and promote people of colour. Give your time in an organization involved with communities of colour. Provide diverse books and toys to your children. Fight for equal education for kids of all races. Let us all make a commitment to make our friendly town truly inclusive. We have the power to create the world that we want to live in.
Organizations you can support include:
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By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
“Nature is the place to be,” according to nature and wildlife photographer Danielle Barabé-Bussières. Danielle celebrates her love of the natural world by capturing stunning images and transforming them into works of art. She has a gift for composition, a talent for exploiting the extensive capabilities of current post-processing software, and the dedication and patience needed to create an extraordinary photographic work of art from an excellent photograph.
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Red TrilliumStudio Tour, July 3 & 4 - theHumm July 2021
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Almonte Celtfest is Turning 25! - theHumm July 2021
By Makayla Moore
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Music at Daisy Dell Farm - theHumm July 2021
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By Miss Cellaneous
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Submitted by Carolyn Piche
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Bloomfest Garden Art Show and Sale - theHumm July 2021
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A Lifelong Learner, Still On the Go - theHumm July 2021
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Submitted by Joanna Jack
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My name is Renée Kokonya Sullivan. I am from Kenya and have been living in Canada now for four years. I didn’t have a library growing up. I loved to read though. My only books were my textbooks from school. I loved reading through them, especially my English and Swahili books. The first time I entered a library was in university. I was in awe! So many books, such little time. I was hooked. Libraries and bookstores became some of my favourite places to hang out. I loved the smell of books, the qu......
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Jul 1 - Aug 25 Canadian Local: paintings, handweaving, jewellery
Jul 4 - Aug 31 Head Over Heels
Jul 8 - Sep 2 Jazz Night w/Spencer Evans Trio
Jul 21 - Aug 2 Bloomfest Garden Art Show & Sale
Aug 2 The Co-conspirators
Aug 8 Henry Norwood
Aug 9 David James Allen
- Chris Lemaire — Powerful Art
- A Dramatic Turn of Events for Live Theatre!
- Festival of the Wild Child Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Returns on August 28
- Go Play Outdoors! An Interview with Summer Theatre Smiths Falls
- Get Your Art Fix in the Valley!
- Magic Returns to Smiths Falls! OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries Shows Start on August 6
- A.D. Redux — Almonte Art Crawl & Show
- Merrickville Festivalof the Arts
- Artist and Studio Tour in Perth
- A Midsummer Night in Perth Landscapes Interpreted through Art and Fashion