New StoryWalk Selection with Local Connections

photo of storywalk panel from the book "By and By" by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Bryan Collier

In February the Worcester County Library installed a new selection at the StoryWalk® located at John Walter Smith Park in Snow Hill: “By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music” by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Bryan Collier.  This newest title celebrates Black History Month and is particularly notable for its local connections.

“By and By” tells the story of Charles Albert Tindley who was born in Berlin, MD in 1851. He taught himself to read and as a young man moved to Philadelphia to pursue his education. Inspired by African American spirituals he heard as a child, Tindley composed dozens of gospel hymns during his life and served as pastor of the East Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia for many years.

Illustrator Bryan Collier also has a local connection, as he grew up in Pocomoke City, MD. His unique style of painting incorporates watercolor and collage, and his books have won numerous awards, including four Caldecott Honor recognitions and six Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards.

Make plans today to visit the Storywalk® at John Walter Smith Park in Snow Hill and learn more about Charles Albert Tindley. The Library also has a large collection of Bryan Collier books available to checkout.  Thank you to Worcester County Recreation and Parks Dept. for their ongoing partnership!