Tulare County is home to Allensworth, the only exclusively black community founded in California. Allensworth was founded to help African Americans become empowered and self-sufficient and to start a new life away from the oppression of Jim Crow. In celebration and commemoration of Allensworth the library is hosting a county-wide reading of Allensworth: The Freedom Colony by Alice C. Royal and a read-a-thon of post-civil war historical fiction about the black experience. Readers will receive a free copy of Allensworth: The Freedom Colony while supplies last and be entered into a drawing for a kindle fire by participating in the read-a-thon. Participants will also have the chance to win a Kindle! The virtual program starts on 2/2/2021 and ends on 2/27/2021.