Barnes and Noble celebrates Black History Month

Laura Mettauer stand in front of last year’s Freedom Quilt made by Barnes and Noble customers. The community has the opportunity to help create another quilt in honor of Black History Month.

In honor of Black History Month, Barnes and Noble Book Stores offered a special story time Monday afternoon celebrating literature about Black history and offering a quilting craft for children and parents.

“Sweet Clara and The Freedom Quilt,” by Deborah Hopkinson was selected as this year’s featured story. It tells the story of Clara, a young slave, who stitched a quilt which secretly contained a map to the Ohio River. A boat was hidden on the river which would take slaves into Canada where they could be free.

“The slaves made quilts as part of the underground railroad,” explained Laura Mettauer, community relations manager.

The children were encouraged to participate in the making of a special quilt by coloring on pieces of muslin in crayon. The wax is set into the material with an iron, creating a fun and unique “community project,” Mettauer explained.

Last year’s quilt is on permanent display in the children’s area of the store. This year’s quilt will be donated to a worthy cause, Mettauer said.

There will be several opportunities to participate this month including in the weekly story times at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday and Wednesday. Also, the American Girls Club, which meets at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24, will make special quilting squares as a centerpiece to the project.

The final quilt will be stitched by the Sunset Slope Quilt Guild.


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