Celebrate Black History Month at your library

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During February the Alachua County Library District presents programs to celebrate and highlight Black History Month. This year’s national theme for Black History Month focuses on Civil Rights in America chronicling the important milestones by African- Americans and others in the battle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law. Check out these free events and programs.

Alachua Branch

African-American Read-In: Friends of the Alachua Branch Library host this long held tradition for all ages that weaves spoken word with music and is celebrate by the community, 4 p.m. Feb. 9

Archer Branch

Celebrating Black History with Spirit Dancers: Michelle Harris, the Spirit Dancer's director and choreographer, will lead her dancers performing African dances. All ages are welcome, 3 p.m. Feb. 9

Cone Park Branch

Black Classic Movies: Watch a series of classic 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s Black movies for all ages, 12 p.m. Feb. 3, 10 and 24

A Celebration of the Blues: a Black History Month Tribute to Blues Legends: Enjoy a tribute to the "Blues" and the legends who made it popular, all ages, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15

Learning History through African Dance: African dance instructor Noni Jones will teach children ages 5 to 11 tra­ditional African dance moves, words and history, 3 p.m. Feb. 18

Everything Zora: For Teens: Learn about Their Eyes Were Watching God and fun facts about its author Zora Neale Hurston. Taste some of Hurston’s favorite foods, 2 p.m. Feb. 22

Hawthorne Branch

African-American Read-In: Join more than a million readers nationally, local leaders and community members to celebrate African American Literature with books, poems and stories. Featured readers will be from local government, education, religion and arts communities. Refreshments will be served by the Hawthorne Woman's Club, 2 p.m. Feb. 8

Headquarters

African Dance and Rhythms: Learn basic dance steps of traditional African dance with instructor Noni Jones, all ages, 11 a.m. Feb 8

An Evening with Nikki Grimes: Join Nikki Grimes, a Coretta Scott King and NCTE award winning, New York Times Best­selling author, for an evening of discussion and poetry, all ages, 7 p.m. Feb. 19

Black History Outside The Book: An Afternoon of Music & Dance: Features some of the most talented and diverse performers in the community, all ages, 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 23

High Springs Branch

A Tuskegee Airman: Stephen Lawrence, an ordained Baptist minister and a former Tuskegee Airmen, shares his World War II experi­ence. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first group of African American aviators in the American armed forces that trained at Tuskegee College, all ages, 6:30 p.m. Feb 6

Black History in Film: Enjoy movies, popcorn and lemonade courtesy of the High Springs Friends of the Library, teens and adults, 6:30 p.m. Feb 13, 20 & 27

Library Partnership

Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society: Learn about the Jacksonville Buffalo Soldiers Historical Soci­ety. Hear stories about these honorable military men, the role they played in American history and how the motorcycle club keeps their memory alive, all ages, 4 to 7 p.m. Feb 6

Celebrating Black History Challenge: Do you know why February was chosen for Black History month? What lawyer won the Brown vs. Board of Education? Test your history knowledge with these games and activities. Enjoy dessert and drink, teens, 4 p.m. Feb. 18

Celebrating Black History Month Movie: Watch a movie, relax and spend quality time with your family. Refreshments will be available, all ages, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20

Micanopy Branch

Preschool Storytime: Stories will highlight Black authors and artists, ages 1 to 5, 11:30 a.m., Feb 5, 12, 19 & 26

Millhopper Branch

Millhopper Book Club: Members will share books about a Black character, author or nonfiction history, adults, 1 p.m. Feb 4

African American Read-In: Celebrate the 24th Annual National African American Read-In with adult and teen volunteers reading children’s picture books in the Children’s Area while the library is open. Hosts are selected for their interest, experience, and knowledge in organizing groups, selecting appropriate reading materials and promoting literacy, ages 5 to 11, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb 8

Newberry Branch

Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society: Learn about the Jacksonville Buffalo Soldiers Historical Soci­ety. Hear stories about these honorable military men, the role they played in American history and how the motorcycle club keeps their memory alive, all ages, 11 a.m. Feb 8

African-American Genealogy: Genealogy librarian Sylvia Ashwell will show how to navi­gate census, military and other national records to learn more family history. For more information about this program call (352) 334-3939, adults, 2 p.m. Feb 9 

Tower Road Branch

African Drums & Dance Afterschool Activity: Kids ages 5 to 11 can learn traditional African dance steps and drumming, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 3

Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society: Learn about the Jacksonville Buffalo Soldiers Historical Soci­ety. Hear stories about these honorable military men, the role they played in American history and how the motorcycle club keeps their memory alive, all ages, 2 p.m. Feb 8

Posted by NickieK on January 28, 2014