Norman Public Library West hosts this year’s African American Read-In, an annual Black History Month tradition at the library, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8.
The event is a celebration of heritage and culture that features live music, readings from both original and works and well-known novels and more.
The featured entertainers are the R&B duo Adam and Kizzie Ledbetter of Oklahoma City. Better known just as “Adam and Kizzie,” the husband-and-wife duo will perform a mixture of American standards along with their own works. Their work is well-known in the Deep Deuce area of Oklahoma City and beyond.
Featured readers for the event include Norman Chief of Police Keith Humphrey, University of Oklahoma Professor of Journalism Meta Carstarphen and OU Assistant Director of Athletic Academic Affairs Teresa Turner, as well as several other younger readers and a new reader from the library’s Adult Literacy program. Charlotte Gordon, a longtime local educator and librarian, will be Master of Ceremonies and read as well.
After readings by that group, an “open mic” time will begin at about 3:30 p.m., where members of the community may present a favorite excerpt from a book or choose one from a collection of books that will be on hand at the event.
The program also serves as the official debut for a new Yamaha baby grand piano that a community member has provided to the library for use at special musical programs, as well as during a schedule that is being established for its public use.
The Read-In is offered free of charge and registration is not required to attend.
At the conclusion of the Read-In, attendees will have the first chance to pick up free tickets for the library’s annual Crowns Tea. That event will be Sunday, Feb. 22, in two seatings, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., and will take place across town at Norman Public Library Central, 225 N. Webster Ave.
For more information on the Read-In, or any of the activities and services offered at Norman West library, call 701-2644.