Celebrate Black History Month at your library

During February the Alachua County Library District celebrates Black History Month with programs for all ages. This year’s national theme for Black History Month is Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories. The history of African Americans unfolds across the canvas of America, beginning before the arrival of the Mayflower and continuing to the present. These programs prompt us to remember and provide opportunities to learn more about the important contributions by African Americans to art, literature, sports and pop culture.

Alachua Branch
African American Read-In: Sing, share stories and read from books with community leaders, all ages, 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19

Archer Branch
Black History Outside the Book: A Journey Through Gospel Music: Learn the history of and enjoy Gospel music at the Archer Community Center, all ages, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb 12
Black History through Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Experience Black History through the eyes of author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings with passages from her personal journals, all ages, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16

Cone Park Branch
Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club: Enjoy a living history presentation of African American military units from the 1800s to 1951, all ages, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4

Oral Histories of Alachua County: University of Florida African American Studies professor Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn will share oral histories about African Americans in the Alachua County area, all ages, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7

Hawthorne Branch
Contemporary Romance Author Janice Sims: Meet Janice Sims, Florida author of more than 30 books. While touching and humorous, her works focus on African American families and the dynamics of being human. Her romances range from the traditional to the mysterious and even some with a touch of science fiction, adults, 2 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
African American Read-In: Celebrate this national event and discover favorite books and stories by African Americans with featured readers from this community. Refreshments will be served by the Hawthorne Woman's Club, all ages, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

Headquarters Library
History of Claronelle Smith-Griffin House: Historic preservationist Melanie Barr will speak about the Claronelle Smith-Griffin House in Gainesville’s Pleasant Street neighborhood. It is being renovated as the Black History Exhibit Museum, all ages, 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
Author Series: Ibram X. Kendi: UF African American History professor Dr. Kendi will talk about his new book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the 2016 National Book Award in Nonfiction. It was also chosen for Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe’s current Book Club. Mayor’s Book Club Discussion is 1:00 p.m., and author presentation is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5
Oral Histories of Alachua County: University of Florida African American Studies professor Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn will share oral histories about African Americans in the Alachua County area, adults, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12
An Evening with Kekla Magoon: Award winning children’s and young adult author Kekla Magoon will talk about and sign her books such as How it Went Down, X: A Novel, and The Rock and The River, all ages, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13
The Historic Pleasant Street District: Professor James C. Miller will present the development of Gainesville’s Pleasant Street District from the 1940’s through the early 1960’s and share his personal experiences of growing up then and there, all ages, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26

High Springs Branch
Black History Celebration: Star Center Theatre under the direction of Rhonda Wilson will present stories about early African American history, all ages, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7

Library Partnership
Harry T. Moore and the Historical Roots of Black Lives Matter Movement: Learn how Harry T. Moore played an essential role in the development of Florida’s civil rights movement. Discover more about Moore’s life and his death in 1951 and how his history relates to today’s Black Lives Matter movement, ages 5 to adult, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17

Micanopy Branch
Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club: Enjoy a living history presentation of African American military units from the 1800s to 1951, all ages, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5

Millhopper Branch
Ghetto Sutras: Join author K. A. Shakoor’s interactive talk on how inner revolution can bring about conscious revolution, based on his book Ghetto Sutras, adults, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5
Book Club: Discuss this month’s book Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, adults, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7

Newberry Branch
Black History Month Film Festival: Through the lens of talented filmmakers, re-live iconic moments in history through dramas and documentaries for adults and seniors, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb 1, 8, 13, 15 and for families (all ages) 2 to 4 p.m. Feb 4, 5, 18, 19, 26

Tower Road Branch
Capoeira: Learn about the Afro-Brazilian martial art and dance, Capoeira. Instructor Samurai from the Capoeira Academy of Gainesville will be giving a history of Capoeira and instructing the class, ages 5 to teen, 3 to 4 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24
Music for the Soul (movie showing): Filmmaker Mark Landsman offers a telling profile of Conrad O. Johnson Sr., and the Kashmere Stage Band. In the 1970’s, Johnson, the band director, replaced the high school band’s standard songs with a mix of jazz and funk tunes, along with popular R&B favorites of the day. He instilled a powerful work ethic in his students that turned the band into an award-winning ensemble, for teens, adults and seniors, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19

 

Posted by NickieK on January 26, 2017