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Banneker-Douglass Museum Hosts “Lights on AfterSchool” Read Aloud

Welcomes Governor’s Young Readers Program

ANNAPOLIS, MD – In celebration of Lights On AfterSchool and in commemoration of a new partnership with the Governor’s Office for Children and the Governor’s Young Readers Program, the Banneker-Douglass Museum yesterday hosted a Read Aloud in the Douglass Reading Room. Select books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library were read every 30 minutes, and Marylanders of all ages were encouraged to explore themes that affirm the strength and values of youth through literacy.

“The Douglass Reading Room encourages storytelling, discussion, and exploration, and served as the perfect environment for the read aloud and announcement,” said Chanel Compton, Director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum. “Both Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass were strong proponents of literacy, understanding the great power it can have to bring change and opportunity for all people.”

The Governor’s Young Readers Program delivers one free book per month, per child, to the homes of Baltimore City children enrolled in the program. Children from birth through age 5 eligible to participate. The Banneker-Douglass museum will oversee the local operational duties of the program through grant funds administered by the Governor’s Office for Children.

“Literacy is an important element in the development of children, and the Governor’s Young Readers Program provides our youngest citizens access to a diverse array of age-appropriate books,” said Jaclin Warner Wiggins, Acting Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Children. “We are thrilled to partner with the Banneker-Douglass Museum, especially in this Year of Frederick Douglass, to open the doors for our children to adventure into new worlds and explore innovative ideas.”

Special guest readers for today’s read aloud included:

  • Jaclin Warner WigginsActing Executive Director, Governor’s Office for Children

Reading The Ring Bearer (Floyd Cooper);

  • Steve McAdamsExecutive Director, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives

Reading I Just Want to Say Good Night (Rachel Isadora); and

  • Chanel ComptonDirector, Banneker-Douglass Museum

Reading I Love My Hair (Natasha Tarpley).

“Lights on Afterschool” is a national initiative that celebrates and promotes afterschool programs and the important role they have in the lives of children, families, and communities. For information on enrolling in the Governor’s Young Readers Program visit:

Banneker-Douglass Museum is the State of Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage and serves to document, interpret, and promote African American history and culture through exhibitions, programs, and projects in order to improve the understanding and appreciation of America’s rich cultural diversity for all. This Museum is a component of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, which is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. To learn more about the Banneker-Douglass Museum, visit: