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John Fout, Public Information Officer

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(Woodland, CA) Yolo County Library is excited to honor Black History Month with a variety of programs and resources for residents of all ages. The national theme for 2022 – Black Health and Wellness – aims to strengthen the contributions of Black American medical and folk practitioners while addressing systemic inequalities in health and amplifying opportunities for the holistic betterment of well – be black.

To honor the connection between this month’s observations and the June 16 Emancipation Celebration, the Library’s Black History Month banner was created in the form of a traditional story quilt. Each quilt panel incorporates iconography important to the historical narrative of captivity and freedom.

“When I reflect on the history of my people, I feel like I’m manipulating something biblical. This part of American history is a story of Exodus. The use and placement of each symbol could not be arbitrary. I questioned the digital medium I used to create it and wondered if it was right to share these symbols because they represent something spiritual or secret,” says the Services Librarian. to youth Katrina Laws-Ewald, who designed the quilt banner.

In keeping with this year’s wellness theme, the library has partnered with the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Cultural Competency Committee to present The cost of darkness, the acclaimed documentary series from award-winning author and educator Sandy Holman. The film depicts the socio-political factors that contribute to racial inequality and lays the groundwork for systemic change and will screen Wednesday evenings in February from 6-8:30 p.m. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker . More information, including Zoom links to the free event, can be found on the Yolo County Library website.

Holman’s work will also be featured in February’s Dial-A-Story, a library service offering 24/7 access to read-aloud books for children ages 3 to 8. We all have a legacy celebrates the unique contributions of diverse cultures to a shared human experience. The book will be read in English by Tessa Smith, HHSA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, and in Spanish by the Ruby Buentello Outreach and Programming Library. To listen to Dial-a-Story, call (530) 298-9990 or visit

The library will also be showcasing its collections of books, audiobooks and films by black creators in February. “While there is still a lot of room for improvement, the publishing industry has begun to address its historic exclusion of black writers,” says Jillian Hinchliffe, collection development librarian. “As a result, and through ongoing efforts to collect materials that elevate and celebrate black voices, the library has a wealth of resources to offer the community throughout the year.” Black History Month playlists for all age groups are available at every library branch, on the library website, and at

Residents can also visit the library’s social media channels any weekday in February to find spotlights on Black wellness resources, books written by Black authors, and notable Black County residents. Yolo past and present, including historical information from the Yolo County Archives and Historical Yolo County Collection.

For more information about library programs and resources, residents can visit their local library or the library’s website,, or connect with Yolo County Library on Facebook at and Instagram at @yolocountylibrary.


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