BHM2022 Children

Nowadays, it’s especially exciting to have a good book to read. For Black History Month, Ahadi and Janine – lovers of diverse children’s books – decided to share some answers to one of their favorite questions: “Can you recommend a book with a black character or about a black leader?” Their answer is always, “Yes!”

Ahadi and Janine hope that you will find a new title that interests you and your family. Each week they will add a new list with a different theme. You can check out many of these books from our SOMa libraries by going inside or using a curbside pickup. Please wear your masks and enjoy!

  • Dr. Ahadi Bugg-Levine loved visiting SOMa’s libraries when growing up here. Ahadi stayed in the libraries for hours at a time and later worked in a library during college. Now, she loves researching new book titles for her young daughter because representation matters!
  • Ms. Janine Guida-Poutre has worked extensively for libraries in the South Orange-Maplewood School District. Janine is the Library Media Specialist for Seth Boyden Elementary School. She has a passion for children’s books, especially books reflecting the diversity of her students.

Interested in the Black History Month 2021 Book Lists? Click here.


Positively Influencing Childrens Eating HabitsCheck our our podcast "Postively Influencing Eating Habits" by local nutritionist, Jacqueline Murphy.  Click Image to launch the podcast. For full details, please go to ur podcast page.

Storytime Saturdays

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Saturday, February 5th

delectable vegetablesClick here to also watch the Delectable Vegetables Song.



Saturday, February 12th

nanas favorite things



Saturday, February 19th

Farmer John


Saturday, February 26th

our familys doing yoga


Our book lists themes launch every Wednesday at 10:00am.  Please click on the week's image below.
BHM 2022 No Sidekicks
BHM22 Inspired by Our History
BHM22 Loving Our Family
BHM22 Turn Knowledge Into Action