Virtual Storytime: El's Mirror - Celebrating the Black Family

Online Program

March 16, 2021 10:00am - 10:30am

Discover the inspiration that can power you to overcome anything.

Event Details

Join us for a special Black History Month family program with The George Washington Carver Museum. Follow along as we read El's Mirror by Austin-based authors Ellison and Bavu Blakes. Afterwards, imagine those who inspire you are standing next to you in a mirror as you draw them using the mirror template. Hang your mirror where you can see it daily, always keeping these inspirational people close to your heart. 

Gather the family to enjoy storytimes and demonstrations of hands-on activities for kids of all ages.

Activity materials:

  • Mirror template or blank paper
  • Colored pencils, crayons, or markers
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Glue (optional)
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Construction paper (optional)

Program is FREE to the public.

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About the Presenter

Through the preservation and exhibition of African American material culture, history, and aesthetic expression, the Carver Museum works to create a space where the global contributions of all Black people are celebrated. We accomplish this by telling stories about our local community and connecting those histories to larger narratives about Blackness.

About El's Mirror by Ellison and Bavu Blakes

“When I look in the mirror, I see somebody who kind of looks like me…” Young El starts kindergarten with high expectations for his school experience. Unexpected challenges force him to learn from other people’s mistakes. El’s family, and a few familiar faces, help him find his way. He even starts to understand the world by looking at himself. You are welcome to this realistic journey through everyday children’s stories where objects in the mirror are closer than they appear. Welcome to El’s Mirror, an upper elementary picture book and a reflective tool for families, parents, mentors, leaders, and educators of children.

About Family Programs

Family programs provide educational and engaging activities for young Texans and their caregivers. Programs are designed to bring families together, spark conversations and provide opportunities for growth and development.

At the Bullock Museum, programs have been a place for the community to gather and celebrate culture, explore new ideas, and share experiences together. During the COVID-19 pandemic, programs still provide an opportunity to bring the community together, even if we are apart. Please join us through virtual programs and enjoy lessons, discussions and activities with your family, friends and neighbors who are also participating from home. 

Zoom Information

You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream. You will be asked to register upon connecting to the webinar. Advanced registration is not required. 

For security and privacy purposes, attendees will not have video or audio capabilities. Questions will be moderated by Museum staff. Participants will not be allowed to send private messages or media in the livestream.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board. Additional support of exhibitions and programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.