Take the kids to this reading of artist Romare Bearden’s Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story, about a slave boy named Dan who learns that the Civil War is over and slaves are free from a band of Union soldiers passing through town. With nowhere to go, Dan joins the uniformed men from the North, but when Confederate soldiers attack the boy’s new friends, it’s up to Dan to save the day. Stay after for an arts-and-crafts session and receive a free copy of the book with a purchase of $50 or more from the children’s department. Be sure to stop by the ninth floor to see the featured exhibit of Bearden’s work, part of a series of events celebrating the African-American artist's 100th birthday. Ages 4 to 8.