Shane Evans, 2012 Coretta Scott Award Winner, Visits County Library

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Illustrator Shane Evans will make two appearances at the Florissant Valley Branch of the St. Louis County Library, as part of the system's Black History Month celebration.

Illustrator Shane Evans

Illustrator Shane Evans will appear at the Florissant Valley Branch of the St. Louis County Library

Shane Evans, the 2012 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award winner, will make two appearances at the Florissant Valley Branch in February as part of St. Louis County Library’s Black History Month celebration.

Mr. Evans will visit the Florissant Valley Branch on Friday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m. for a book reading and signing. On Saturday, February 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Mr. Evans will present a musical theater workshop for kids and teens. Both events are free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling 314-994-3300. The Florissant Valley Branch is located at 195 New Florissant Rd., S. in Florissant, MO.

Shane Evans first visited the County Library system in 2010. At that time he worked with teens from the Florissant Valley Branch on transforming his book “Olu’s Dream” into a reader’s theater script. During his return visit to the branch on Saturday, February 4, Mr. Evans will work with teens to complete the process of turning “Olu’s Dream” into a mini-musical. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with Evans while learning about art, theater and musical production.

Shane Evans is illustrator and author of “Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom,” the 2012 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book winner. An NAACP Image Award Winner, Mr. Evans has written and illustrated over 20 books for children. Additionally, Evans has illustrated for a number of authors and celebrities including as Shaquille O’Neal, Bell Hooks, Roslyn Jordan, the mother of basketball great Michael Jordan, Angela Johnson and Andrea Davis Pinkney.

In 2007 Evans opened Dream Studio in Kansas City, MO. Evans has used the space to host events and to showcase the work of other artists. The studio has developed a one-hour television model that airs in over a half a million homes in the Kansas City metro area, giving viewers a glimpse into the power of dreaming through the arts.

St. Louis County Library will feature special Black History Month programming throughout 2012, including a performance by the Black Rep, a visit from children’s author Kadir Nelson, a gospel celebration, dance performances, storytelling and more. All events are free and open to the public.

A a full schedule of SLCL Black History programming is available at

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit


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