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Believing in Forever and Lexington Public Library Announce Plans for a Luna Library at the Northside Branch Library

Special collection related to African-American History and Black Characters honors Kamaria Spaulding, who would have been 20 this week.

Lexington, Kentucky (November 29, 2021) – The Lexington Public Library is proud to announce a partnership with Believing in Forever to host a new Luna Library location at its Northside Branch beginning in 2022. Luna Libraries, a program of Believing in Forever, collects and distributes children's books for students in grades K-12 with an African American history or Black character focus. Luna Libraries are an alternative for African American parents looking for books that provide context and knowledge to understand the stories of the African American experience in this country for their children. Believing in Forever is a champion of diversity and inclusion, and the positive impact books have on children of all races.

The Luna Library is named in memory of Lakeshia Campbell and community activist and Believing in Forever founder, Devine Carama’s daughter Kamaria who died in a car accident in 2020. “Kamaria believed that education, especially through the written word, is transformative, so I started the Luna Libraries to continue to spread her light after her death,” said Carama, who nicknamed her Luna.  “By partnering with the Lexington Public Library, more families will have access to the Luna Library, and I hope that their lives are enriched because of it.  Kamaria would have liked that.”

“Lexington Public Library is honored to partner with Devine and host a Luna Library location at our Northside Branch,” remarked the Library’s Executive Director Heather Dieffenbach. “Like Kamaria, we believe that education is a transformational tool to improve all lives, and we are proud to carry on this legacy in her name.” The new titles will be housed at the Northside Branch and available for checkout in 2022.

The Library and Believing in Forever are planning a press conference at the Northside Branch for Tuesday, November 30 at 10:00am. This would have been Kamaria’s 20th birthday.

For more information, please visit the Lexington Public Library’s website at www.lexpublib.org and their social media pages @lexpublib.