The Family of Local Authors, Visionaries & Artists (FLAVA) is a program designed to promote new aspiring local talented authors, artists, musicians and other creative expressionists by initially featuring them and their works at the Library. The goal is to make these materials available to the public through programming, circulation, presentations and displays, starting with the Library.


Although FLAVA of the Month started as a monthly program, it has become a periodical event due to heavy programming and space constraints at the Library. Rather than feature one person a month, FLAVA will present major events showcasing an array of local talents atleast three times a year. Space, materials and weather permitting, major celebrations may include, but are not limited to: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January), Black History Month (February), Women's History Month (March), National Poetry Month (April), Summer Reading Club (June-July), and the Harvest Fest (October/November). 


The Afro-Latino: A Historical JourneyMay 29th @ 6:30 PM


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If you are interested in presenting your creative expression, please email Ms. Kelley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to receive a Presentation Application. You will be contacted shortly after submitting the necessary documents.


CHECK IT OUT! Come and read books from our Local Author Bookshelf! You'll wonder why they're not famous yet. Well some of them are...

Dr. Anthony L. Gantt: You Too Can Write a Book!; Get Rich (Quicker)?; Differences Between The Rich & The Poor (Quotes); What's Next After High School?; Moving My Life; I Love Me!; Get Your Goals; Failure Is Success 

Armanette Small-Reed: Tapestry: Weaving Life Through Poems 

Dr. Barbara Jones-Jackson: Throw-Away Kids: A Case Study of the Unique Educational Needs of Foster Children 

Dr. Brenda Eatman Aghahowa: The Sheriff Ain't Comin' Right Away; Grace Under Fire 

Cathy Harris-Haynes: Train Up a Child: Pouring New Wine Into New Wine Skins 

Celeste T. Parker: Beware of Bacon Bits; Pigs Don't Wear Pearls

Christopher "Bull" Garlington: The Beat Cop's Guide to Chicago Eats, Death by Children! 

CiCi Parker: Sunny Rain 

Conrad Hall: Friends, Followers and Customer Evangelists; 

Cornelious "See" Flowers: When I Grow Up I Want To...So That You Can!; Writing with My Eyes: A Survey of LIfe 

D.J. Berrien: All My Friends Have Dark Brown Eyes 

Dan Dougherty: The Apocalypse Plan; Bob Howard: Plumber of the Unknown; The Marching Band Nerds Handbook; Sam and the Jungle Band; Thunderfeet; You Got A Boogie; http://www.beardocomics.com 

Daphne A. Kennedy-Johnson: Brothers are Forever. The Power of a Baby Girl. Black Diamonds. 

Darryl Harvey: I Can Do Anything; Alicia's Big Test; Amigo Means Friend;  Loving a Black Woman;  Deal with the Devil;

Sgt. David J. Haynes: The Beat Cop's Guide to Chicago Eats 

DJ Corchin: I Feel...; I Feel... Awesome; I Feel... Different; I Feel... Sick; I Feel... Too!; The Marching Band Nerds Handbook; Sam and the Jungle Band; Strings; Thunderfeet; You Got A Boogie; http://www.djcorchin.com 

Diane Martin: Never What It Seems; Never What It Seems II; Autumn Leaves; Fallen Angels; Kiss My A@@! 

Doris L. Davis: Don't Cast the First Stone 

Elaine Lockridge Roberts: Multi Culture Afro-American History Story Book With Coloring Activities; Multi Culture Sports Coloring Book; Window of Life 

Gary Armstead: Of Fathers and Friends. 

Gregg H. Brown: Arise!; From Slavery to Ownership; Journey of My Soul 

John & Barbara Dorgan: The Code: Basics for Texting and Instant Messaging 

John W. Fountain: Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood; True Vine 

Joyce Elaine Jones: For Such a Journey. 

Julius Mercer: A New Fire in You. 

Just Sheila: Words...Inspired By... Memoirs of a Church Girl. 

Justin Stingley: Love and Life; The Life We Live 

Lamont Brown: From the Streets... To the Stage! 

Leslie K. Best, Ed.D: How to Help Your Child Succeed in School. A Heritage of Black Excelllence in Chicago. The Afro-Latino: A Historical Journey 

Mathell Givens: Angels in My Life. 

Maxx Hassell: Sarah Had Blessings, Too 

Michael A. Black: Windy City Knights. Random Victim. Dead Ringer. Hostil Takeovers. A Killing Frost. I Am Not a Psychic. I Am Not a Cop... 

Michael Burton: Let Me Paint a Picture. 

Nina Norstrom: The Big "C:" A Weapon of Death 

Norm Cowie: Fang Face. The Adventures of Guy.The Next Adventures of Guy. The Guy'd Book. 

Oscar DePriest Hand, Sr. & Elaine Roberts: The Soldier Children: Story Book with Activities 

Oscar DePriest Hand, Sr. & Julia Neal Sykes: Footprints on the Rough Side of the Mountain 

Quraysh Ali Lansana: They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems.

Rafael Nieves: The Apocalypse Plan; Bob Howard: Plumber of the Unknown; 

Renatta L. Frazier & Courtney Mitchell: Enemy in Blue: the Renatta Frazier Story. 

Robert Earl Love with Mel Watkins: The Bob Love Story: If It's Gonna Be, It's Up to Me 

 T.S. Weatherspoon: The Promise 

Dr. William A. Martin: Speak Power, Speak Wealth, and Speak Freedom 

Yvette Jones: I Know I Love You 

Yvonne D. Bailey: Finding My Voice, Peace by Piece 

livelovelearn: The creator of the game "TicTacToeTen". www.tictactoeten.com


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