The digital library, Saint Heron, named after Solange Knowles’ brand and online community that celebrates music, art, and cultural conversations is open to the public to request rare books by Black creators.
Announced in an Instagram post, Solange says that the Saint Heron Community Library will be refreshed every season with never-before-seen works, selected by guest curators who, with additional support from Aesop a global skin care brand, will identify a “collection of rare, author-inscribed, and out-of-print works” that can be borrowed by anyone in America for up to 45 days for free.
Rosa Duffy, founder of the Atlanta-based For Keeps Books has been tapped to curate the first 50 books of the season which starts on October 18 and ends on November 30.
Titles include An Ordinary Woman by Lucille Clifton, Black Artists on Art Vol. 1 & 2 by Ruth G. Waddy, and Dark Waters Vol. 3 No. 1 by Collen J. McElroy along with several other recognized works.
In a statement, Knowles said, “This initiative will build upon Saint Heron’s urgent mission to preserve collect, and uplift the stories, works, and archives that amplify vital voices within our communities. These works expand imaginations, and it is vital to us to make them accessible to students, and our communities for research and engagement, so that the works are integrated into our collective story and belong and grow with us.”
For more information visit the Saint Heron Community Library website.
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