The Detroit Public Library’s 2013 African American booklist, which can be downloaded in PDF format, is a bibliography providing a selected list of books by and/or about African Americans. This booklist includes works reviewed and recommended by librarians of the Detroit Public Library.

     According to the library’s website, the African American Booklist began as a way to commemorate Black History Month and has continued to feature the accomplishments of African Americans in the literary world.

     This year’s booklist theme honors one of the Detroit Public Library’s own, Clara Stanton Jones (1913-2012).  A former director of the library, Mrs. Jones began working at the Detroit Public Library in 1944, according to a biography in the booklist. During her tenure as director, she founded the community referral system TIP (The Information Place), which was replicated in libraries throughout the country.

     In 1978, President Carter appointed her as commissioner to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Services. She served in that post until 1982.

     She was also the first Black person to head a major public library system; the first to be elected as president of the American Library Association; and the first to be named Visiting Regents Scholar in Library Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

     She retired and moved to Oakland, Calif. in 1978.

     Categories in the booklist include fiction, biography, sports, today’s issues, history, inspirational, audio books, picture books and teen fiction.

     The booklist can be downloaded by visiting http://ionemichiganchronicle.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/2013_af_american_booklist.pdf

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