Your Library Podcast S4E3-Black Family Business Collection

In this episode of Your Library Podcast, we learn about the Library’s new Black Family Business archive and meet Divoll Library Manager, Eugene Elder. Additionally, we hear about two virtual programs for artists.  

This February, the Library launched a new program requesting memorabilia that highlights black-owned businesses in St. Louis. Amanda Bahr-Evola, Assistant Director of Central and Head of Special Collections, joins us to discuss this new program and how they hope to increase their archives. To learn more about this program or to donate items to help preserve the rich history and the stories, click here or you can call Rare Books & Manuscripts at 314-539-0370.

Next, we are joined by Aleta Lanier Adult Services Provider at Central Library. Aleta is leading a virtual art class that highlights some of the hidden treasures at Central Library and provides a space where adults can learn or practice art. To register to attend Art Studio Central, visit our website.

Our own Honna Veerkamp is hosting a monthly peer-to-peer event for artists of all media. Each month, artists will share their projects or works followed by discussion and feedback. Learn more or sign up for Artist Exchange here.

Finally, we meet Divoll Library Manager Eugene Elder. He shares how his experiences with political organizing and working on campaigns related to criminal justice reform led him to the Library. In addition to discussing what he loves about Divoll and his work at the Library.

Your Library Podcast is a periodic audio program that takes you behind the scenes of St. Louis Public Library and features resources, events, and people from throughout the library system.  It is produced and hosted by Honna Veerkamp and Mary Meyer. Your Library Podcast theme song is by Garry Moore. Transitional music by Thomas Park. Thomas was recently featured on St. Louis on the Air talking about his generative music program!

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