[PHOTOS] DUO’s 54th Library Tea Unveils New Children’s Circulating Library Collection

The Seattle Public Library, Douglass-Truth Branch, houses the largest collection of African American Literature and history on the West Coast. In 1964 Delta Upsilon Omega kept the branch from closing and called for the library to carry books representative of the growing African American community. Thus began a collaboration that has lasted over 50 years with DUO providing the oversight of the African American Library Collection of reference books.

In 2018 Delta Upsilon Omega’s Archives and History Committee help usher in the expansion of the African American Library Collection; introducing The Children’s Circulating Collection: Growing Our Legacy In Literature.

The chapter’s endowment procured the inaugural books for the children’s circulation collection, which means that these books can be checked out for reading enjoyment anywhere. In addition, twenty-five sorors donated an additional $25.00 for a personalized bookplate that is featured in the first 25 books.  The placement of the bookplates replicates and honors the historical bookplates which were first placed in the reference books DUO purchased for the initial African American collection in 1965.

This year’s annual library tea, which celebrates DUO’s partnership with the Douglass-Truth Library, featured the unveiling of the new collection. Mrs. Vaughnetta Barton, Seattle Public Library Board Member, presented a book cart filled with the new children’s publications ready for use. Golden Sorors Doris Hickman and Shirley Young placed the first bookplates into this circulating series of books.

The goals for the Library and Sorority’s new circulation collection include:

  • Preserve the historic location of the African American Library Collection that is housed at Douglass-Truth Library in the Central District, where African American families settled in Seattle
  • Create and maintain the children’s collection; ensure its relevance for active use
  • Provide a robust collection of children’s books representing the Black/African American/African diaspora experiences through authors, characters, settings and experiences
  • House the Children’s Circulation Collection on the library’s main floor for greater visibility and use
  • Feature Seattle and Pacific Northwest authors and/or settings
  • Promote Alpha Kappa Alpha’s visibility and partnership with Seattle Public Library’s Douglass-Truth Branch

54th Annual Library Tea Photo Gallery