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Phoenix Public Library highlights Black History as readership soars amid pandemic

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Posted at 5:14 AM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 11:40:33-05

PHOENIX — As more people stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are finding themselves reading more books. The Phoenix Public Library says there's been an increase in the number of people asking to renew or sign up for a library card.

"The increase in people wanting to access the library since last March has skyrocketed, particularly for our digital e-books and audiobooks. It's incredible," said Melodie Moore, a librarian with Phoenix Public Library.

During the month of February, the Phoenix Public Library is celebrating Black voices through art, movies, and books. Readers can find a list of suggested resources on the library's website highlighting Black History.

There's also a virtual art exhibit showcasing art created by Valley students.

"For kindergarten through 12th-graders, we asked the children and teens to draw a famous African American or an event from Black History," Moore said.

The Phoenix Public Library said it wanted to create a space where kids and teens could express themselves and share what Black History means to them.

For those interested in doing more reading, the Phoenix Public Library is currently only offering curbside service at 16 of its locations.

You can pick up your rentals in the mornings or late afternoons six days a week. If you don't have a library card, you can sign up for an e-library card on the library's website. It gives you access to all of the books, music, movies and digital materials.