Honoring the Legacy of Effie Lee Morris

50 Years of the Women's National Book Association (WNBA), San Francisco Chapter
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Fifty years ago this year, Effie Lee Morris founded the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. A remarkable woman, she was a groundbreaking librarian and educator who worked for justice and equality for children, women, and underserved communities. WNBA presents a panel of those who knew Ms. Morris and had the privilege of working with her, including children’s agent Andrea Brown; author and WNBA past-president Mary Knippel; co-founder of the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, Michael Larsen; San Francisco Public Library Main Children’s Center program manager Lyn Davidson; and moderated by WNBA-SF chapter president Brenda Knight.

On this 50th anniversary kickoff, we’ll cover Ms. Morris’ legacy of work and how the WNBA continues it, as well as the Effie Lee Morris Historical and Research Collection at the San Francisco Public Library, and the importance of getting books into the hands of all children in all communities. Enter to win the raffle prizes of signed copies of new WNBA-SF writers’ books.

The Effie Lee Morris Children’s Literature Lecture Series features thought-provoking conversations with today’s top authors and illustrators of books for children. This annual series offers the book-loving public an opportunity to enrich their understanding of how writers and artists create great works for young readers. Funded by The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.

For Further Reading: Winners of the Women's National Book Association (WNBA) Award

Co-sponsored by the San Francisco History Center and the Main Library Children's Center.

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