Now that January has come to a close, it is time to get ready for Black History Month 2016. While I agree that Black History should be taught year round, this month highlights the sometimes forgotten contributions by African-Americans. However, storytelling is a way in which we can highlight those contributions as well as educate others about Black History. With stories, we have the opportunity to connect cultures and build bridges to increase awareness as well as promote diversity. And as the African proverb says, “Not to know is bad, but not to want to know is even worse”. So with that, I’m looking forward to sharing stories again this year during Black History Month for Multnomah County Libraries throughout the greater Portland Metro area. Stay tuned for more updates!