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The Indianapolis Public Library announces new manager for the Center for Black Literature and Culture

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Indianapolis Public Library has announced Alexus Hunt as the new manager for their Center for Black Literature and Culture (CLBC).

Alexus Hunt (Photo Provided/Indianapolis Public Library)

Dedicated to celebrating and promoting Black culture, the CLBC offers library patrons over 25,000 books, CDs, magazines, movies, and archives covering topics from Black music history to a large collection of children’s books.

In her new role, Hunt will plan, direct, and oversee the daily operations of the CLBC, including the fiscal operations and managing the staff and volunteers. An alumna of the Center for Leadership Development and a member of the Indianapolis Junior League, Hunt brings her experience as well as her Master of Library Science and a Master of African American and African Diaspora studies from Indiana University-Indianapolis with her as she steps into the new role.

“My lifelong goal has been to serve my community and uplift others,” said Hunt in a press release.

Prior to her appointment as the manager of the CLBC, Hunt was a Youth Services librarian at the Fort Ben branch of the Indianapolis Public Library.

“I envision the CBLC as a hub for fostering understanding and appreciation of the contributions of people of African descent, locally and globally,” Hunt said. “I aim to cultivate a welcoming space where individuals of all backgrounds may engage with the rich tapestry of Black history and culture. Together, we will honor the legacy of Black literature and culture while building, recording, and adding to the history created every day.”

With programs and events ranging from Juneteenth celebrations to Frederick Douglass reading gatherings, the CLBC offers the public a wide array of ways to explore Black culture, a goal that is echoed by both Hunt and other leaders within the Indianapolis Public Library.

“The Center for Black Literature and Culture is integral to our Library system, providing programs and resources that help all members of the Indianapolis community explore and appreciate Black cultural heritage,” said Gregory Hill, CEO of the Indianapolis Public Library in a press release. “[Hunt’s] dedication, positive outlook, and commitment to community service will serve her well in this important role within The Indianapolis Public Library.”

CLBC is located at the Central Library located at 40 East St. Clair St. For more information regarding the CLBC, visit https://www.indypl.org/locations/central-library/center-for-black-literature-and-culture.

Contact Staff Writer Hanna Rauworth at 317.762.7854 or follow her at @hanna.rauworth 

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