Live Oak Public Libraries is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie Library with a full week of activities to remember the history of this community icon and celebrate its bright future. The Carnegie Library opened on East Henry Street in August 1914 to serve Savannah’s black community.
On Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6pm Dr. Ja A. Jahannes, essayist, playwright, poet, educator, composer and novelist, will kick off the Centennial celebration with a historical overview. Dr. Jahannes will discuss the evolution of library services and literature in the context of the first hundred years of the Carnegie Library, and explore its role and importance in the African American community.
On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 6pm Lillian Grant-Baptiste, cultural artist, motivational speaker and uplifting storyteller, will perform “The People Could Fly”, a beautiful retold folktale of how the faith of a people gave them the strength to magically fly above the tribulation and trepidation of slavery.
A Birthday Celebration Storytime will be held On Wednesday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m. In honor of Carnegie Library’s Centennial Birthday, children’s librarian Sha Dishong will present birthday stories, songs and more. For children ages 3 to 6.
Carnegie Library Timeline will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21, 1 p.m. Carnegie Library manager Adrienne Tillman will provide a Carnegie Library timeline; and introduce Sankofa (or “go back and fetch it”) baskets and explain why the baskets are in the library for the Centennial celebration. Her presentation will be followed by a screening of PBS’ Literature & Life, which explores the Givens’ collection and the rich variety of African-American literature, beginning with the poetry and slave narratives of the late 18th century and culminating in the work of vital contemporary artists. Putting the Pieces Together will be held on Friday, Aug. 22, 4 p.m. School age children (ages 7 to 12) are invited to put together a puzzle featuring the Carnegie Library while younger children (ages 2 – 6) color a special SCAD-designed Carnegie Library coloring sheet.
On Saturday, take a Celebratory Journey beginning Saturday, Aug. 23, 2:30 p.m. Lillian Grant-Baptiste will take audience members on a lively, soul stirring journey to pay tribute to the 100 year history of the Carnegie Library. The audience will be moved by the rhythm of the drum and the power of oral and written history, an unforgettable performance for the whole family and the community.
In addition to the week of activities, Live Oak Public Libraries is also celebrating the centennial by creating a collection of Savannah’s African American history. To ensure this collection is as comprehensive as possible, the library is reaching out to the community and asking for photos, documents and other items from their personal collections.
For more information on this project, stop by the Carnegie Library or call 231-9921.For more information on the Carnegie Library’s visit www.liveoakpl.org/about/library-history. php