Black American Library Card Project

The Black American Library Card Project is a community partnership for a limited-edition library card celebrating the history, contributions and culture of Black Americans.

In June 2021, Brooklyn Public Library released a limited-edition library card celebrating Black American history, contributions and culture, in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Brooklyn’s Community Boards. The card was released as part of Brooklyn Public Library’s Juneteenth 2021 celebrations, the first year Juneteenth was recognized as a City, State and public school holiday.

This project began as a proposal from Wendy A. Robinson from Community Board 3’s Parks, Arts & Culture Committee to celebrate and raise awareness of the African American Heritage Center at Macon Library. BPL is grateful to Wendy A. Robinson and other Community Board 3 Members for their work developing this idea.

In January 2021, BPL put out an open call for artists to submit their designs for a library card. The designs were reviewed by a panel of BPL staff and community stakeholders. The finalists had their works displayed and the selected designer received a $2,000 stipend for their work.

This limited-edition card was released Summer 2021 at the African American Heritage Center at Macon Library and is available at all library branches in Brooklyn that are issuing library cards. 

This card is BPL's first in a planned series of Celebrating Heritage library cards.

Project Partners

 

Upcoming Events

Design canvas bags in honor of Juneteenth

Tue, Jun 18 1:30pm
New Lots, Auditorium

arts and crafts celebrate heritage Juneteenth

Celebrate the rich history of Juneteenth by designing your own canvas bag! All supplies will be provided. 

Learn About Community Boards

This project began as a proposal from Community Board 3's Arts & Culture Committee. Community Boards play an important role in improving the quality of life in your neighborhood.

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Access Macon Library's African American Heritage Center

The Dionne Mack-Harvin Center, Macon Library's African American Heritage Center, contains material on African American history and culture as well as the "Preserving Footsteps" collection.