March is Women’s History Month, and we are celebrating the accomplishments of women throughout history all month long. This year’s theme, set by the National Women’s History Alliance, is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.” Programs at Shreve Memorial Library branches will recognize local visionaries and historical figures as well as provide creative opportunities to celebrate National Women’s History Month.
Several branches will recognize local women and seek to empower others with programs featuring local visionaries such as Judge Ree Casey-Jones, Dr. Rosaline Caldwell, Linda Salone, Dr. Raymond A. Hicks, Gwendolyn Hampton, and Bonita Bandaries, among others.
Our North Caddo Branch, located at 615 North Pine Street in Vivian, will honor women of the Vivian community on Tuesday, March 5 from 11 a.m. to noon. Judge Ree Casey-Jones will visit our Atkins Branch, 3704 Greenwood Road, on Friday, March 15 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., to lead a Women’s History Month celebration recognizing how women throughout history have overcome many obstacles in the workforce, while our Mooretown Branch, 4360 Hollywood Avenue, will recognize Linda Salone as the Woman of the Month for her many contributions to women on Wednesday, March 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Rosaline Caldwell will lead the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch Women’s History Month: Women Who Can program on Monday, March 18 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dr. Caldwell’s mantra is, “Empowered women should empower women,” and she will attempt to empower those in attendance to go out and empower others. Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch will also host a teen Women in History program on Wednesday, March 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and a Super Readers: Women of the World story time on Saturday, March 30 from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch is located at 2105 Hollywood Avenue.
A Women’s Empowerment Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop. The symposium is designed to motivate and uplift women, and will feature a panel of guest speakers offering words of encouragement. Guest speakers include Dr. Raymond A. Hicks, Gwendolyn Hampton, and Bonita Bandaries. Participants will have the chance to share their experiences and win door prizes. Light refreshments will also be served.
Local poet, Katie Bickham, will visit the Main Branch, 424 Texas St., on Friday, March 22 for a special after-hours book discussion and book signing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bickham will read from her new book, Mouths Open to Name Her: Poems, a collection of poems on the intensity of motherhood, relationships between mothers and their children, what it means to carry a child, and how the harshness of the world disrupts our innocence. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.
Additional Women’s History Month programs include coffee times, yogurt-making workshops and movie screenings. Oil City Branch, 102 Allen Street in Oil City, will host a Women’s History Month Coffee & Tea Time program on Tuesday, March 5 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the Rodessa Branch, 10093 Main Street in Rodessa, will host a Women Who Can: Make Frozen Yogurt workshop on Tuesday, March 12 from noon to 1 p.m. Screenings of movies with prominent female leads and documentaries on women in history will be held at the Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch on Wednesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 13 from noon to 2 p.m., and at the West Shreveport Branch on Wednesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.