Clarke Library celebrates Black History Month, updates resources
Hundreds of men earned their pilot's wings at the all African-American Tuskegee Army Air Base in Alabama during WWII. The Bruce C. Clarke Library has many books and materials available about the Tuskegee Airmen and other historic contributions of Black service members. (Photo Credit: Courtesy photo.) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The Bruce C. Clarke Library is celebrating Black History Month with a variety of books, media items, resources, displays and events.

Students and researchers have access to a large number of online databases and digital resources on the contributions of African Americans in civil and military service. These are provided free to library patrons by the Army and Department of Defense.

For access to electronic resources, patrons need a Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation online library account which is available to available to DoD ID cardholders. It can be used without a CAC card.

To sign up for an account, call library staff from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at 573.563.4113.

Winter Reading Program

It’s that time of year when the weather is getting colder and the snow is starting to fall. It’s also the best time of year to cozy up with a good book or two. The Clarke Library is hosting a Winter Reading Program to help the community get through the long cold winter.

This virtual program runs through March 31. Patrons can sign up on the Beanstack website like they do for the Summer Reading Program at

The Winter Reading program is for all ages. There are four age groups for participants to choose from: pre-readers, 5 to 11 year olds, teens and adults.

There will also be virtual activities. Pre-readers can attend virtual Story Times and/or complete a STEAM activity. The 5-to-11-year-old group will have opportunities to write a book review, complete a STEAM activity, and/or attend a Story Time. Teens can participate in the Book Brigade, complete a STEAM activity, and/or write a book review. Adults can attend a Book Brigade and/or write a book review.

Patrons who complete the reading challenge, by logging all the required hours and participating in at least one extra activity will receive a T-shirt or a tote bag while supplies last. Participants will also be entered into a prize basket drawing for each milestone they meet.

Those who complete the challenge will receive extra entries. Each age group will have one prize basket consisting of games and coloring books.

Virtual Story Time

Until further notice, all events of Story Time will meet at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday virtually through video call.

To receive a link, register by emailing Becky Andreasen at

Patrons can pick up craft/activity bags that go along with the theme. For pick up, visit the front desk between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday the week before the given Story Time. Staff plan to read two books, have one or two short songs or activities and a craft session at the end.

Library staff ask that patrons remain patient as moving Story Time virtual is new and technical difficulties are possible.

Services available

Community services for the library can be accessed on the first floor of the building. Library privileges are extended to active-duty service members, dependents, retirees, Department of the Army civilians and contractors. Patrons must provide a current military ID or CAC card to obtain library privileges.

Services offered include circulation and reference services, computer access, printing, digital document scans, a coin-operated copy machine, weekly children’s story times and reading programs for all ages. Other benefits enjoyed by library patrons include free access to educational software, databases, and digital materials.

(Editors note: This article was submitted to the GUIDON by the library.)