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Dads Read: I Am Black History!

  • Marina Library 188 Seaside Avenue Marina, CA, 93933 United States (map)
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Dads Read: I Am Black History!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Marina Library. Join us as we celebrate Black history! One month isn’t enough time to explore the wide range of stories that exist but we intend to try.

At the beginning of the The Friends of the Marina Library's Little Kids Block Party (starts at 10am and ends at 11:30am) local dad, Lloyd Foster from Families of Color Monterey County and Dads of Monterey County will be reading a few specially selected children's books celebrating Black history. Lloyd Foster was born and raised in Seaside and has been married to his wife, Lisa for 14 years. Together they raise two grown children, Laythen (20) and Lethaniel (19). Lloyd enjoys reading to kids because it "takes them on an adventure". His own children would ask for him to read to them more because it sparked their creative side. For Lloyd and his family, Black history is a remembrance of struggles and achievements. It is a reminder about where we have been and where we are now.

Representation in Literature

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

Interested in being the featured dad at Dads Read?

Earlier Event: February 3
Yoga in the Park
Later Event: February 19
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther