Celebrate African American History month at the CRRL! In February, our branches will be rotating a series of self-guided activities focusing on African American inventors. These inventors have contributed greatly to the fields of science and technology, despite hardships in their personal and professional lives. Grades K-6.
- January 23 - January 27
- January 30 - February 3
- February 6 - February 10
- February 13 - February 17
- February 20 - February 28
A different inventor and invention will be featured each week, and may include:
- Sarah Boone: Improved the ironing board
- Philip Downing: Letter (postal) box
- Dr. Charles Richard Drew: Blood preservation
- John Lee Love: Portable pencil sharpener
- Jan Ernst Matzeliger: Shoe lasting machine
- Garrett Morgan: Automatic traffic light
- William Purvis: Self-inking stamp
- Lloyd Ray: Long-handled dustpan
Find out more about these inventors through the CRRL’s Online Databases: Biography in Context, Encyclopedia Britannica Kids, or Kids InfoBits.