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Here’s how to celebrate Black History Month with New Orleans Public Libraries

K-6 2nd place winner at the New Orleans Public Library Art Contest, Lusher H Hecht, grade 3
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New Orleans Public Libraries
K-6 2nd place winner at the New Orleans Public Library Art Contest, Lusher H Hecht, grade 3

It’s Black History Month around the country, and one way to celebrate in New Orleans is to get involved in all the programs offered by the public libraries. Between art content, video streaming service, and access to educational digital resources, the library system has a lot to offer when it comes to celebrating Black history.

Here to tell us more about these programs is Shukrani Gray, African American resource collection, equity and inclusion librarian, and Amy Wander, the libraries’ head of youth programming.

Last month, WRKF’s Adam Vos brought us a series of conversations exploring all sides of the debate on library censorship. Just recently, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry released his “Protecting Innocence” report, which calls on state officials to examine library materials to identify “sexually explicit” content.

Today, a member of the Louisiana Library Association tells us why the organization is objecting to Landry’s report.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karl Lengel. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman and Aubry Procell.

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Karl Lengel has returned to New Orleans to serve as WWNO’s local host for All Things Considered, a post he held here pre-Katrina. Besides radio, Karl has had a long theatrical career too; read on to learn all about our talented and versatile announcer!
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.