Alachua County Library District celebrates 2019 Black History Month

January 30, 2019


Alachua Public Library District 2019 Black History Month Logo


Gainesville, Fla. - During February the Alachua County Library District celebrates Black History Month with diverse programs for all ages. These programs prompt us to remember important people, events, achievements and contributions by African Americans to art, literature, music, food and pop culture:


Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 St., Alachua (386) 462-2592

  • African American Read-In: Hear community leaders and citizens read passages, poems and stories by Black authors at this event sponsored by Friends of the Library, all ages, 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24


Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Road 45, Archer (352) 495-3367

  • Black History Through the Arts: Celebrate with music and dance performances, poetry readings and lectures at the Archer Community Center with keynote speaker John Gay, past president of the Orlando Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, sponsored by the City of Archer and Friends of the Library, all ages, 3-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17


Cone Park Branch, 2801 E University Ave., Gainesville (352) 334-0720

  • Tasty History: Celebrate Black History Month and the invention of the potato chip, ages 5-11, 3-4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19


Hawthorne Branch, 6640 SE 221 St., Hawthorne (352) 481-1920

  • African American Read-In: Discover favorite books and stories by African Americans with neighbors and community leaders, refreshments provided by the Hawthorne Woman’s Club, all ages, 2-3:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16


Headquarters Library, 401 E University Ave., Gainesville (352) 334-3900

  • Multicultural Folk Tales Book Club: Discover other cultures through the works of Virginia Hamilton and other fairy tale authors during this eight-week series in conjunction with the Virginia Hamilton Creative Outreach Award. Families can enjoy fantastic fairy tales, witness unique storytelling methods like shadow puppetry, told stories, dramatic reenactment and more, all ages, 2-4 p.m., Sundays
  • Reclaiming Kin: Once Lost, Now Found: Karen Kirkman, Haile Homestead president and church historian, and Tatanya Peterson will discuss their genealogy research on Peterson's family dating back to a plantation in Alachua County, adults, 2-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 9
  • TED Talks: Topic is Black history followed by discussion, 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13


High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Hwy 27, High Springs (386) 454-2515

  • Storytime celebrates Black History: Come for books, singing, dancing and friendship, 10:30-11 a.m., ages 5 and younger, Tuesday, Feb. 5
  • Black History Celebration: Rhonda Wilson and the Star Center Theatre pay tribute to Black History Month with songs, skits and monologues, all ages, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12


Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16 Ave., Gainesville (352) 334-0165

  • African American Genealogy Research: Genealogy Librarian Caroline Huguet will show how to navigate census, military and other national records to learn about family history and ancestors, all ages, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, registration required


Micanopy Branch, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy (352) 466-3122

  • TED Talks: Watch a selection of TED Talks and discuss topics, teens and adults, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10


Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43 St., Gainesville (352) 334-1272

  • Foreign Film Fridays: Movie selections for February chronicle African experiences. Lucky follows an orphaned, homeless South African boy as he develops an unlikely bond with an elderly Indian woman, adults, 2-4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1. Dreams of Dust features the story of a Nigerian peasant fighting to defend a young mother in a West African gold mining community, adults, 2-4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15
  • Book Club: Discuss Born a Crime: Stories from South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, adults, 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5
  • Shekere Instrument DIY: Make a Shekere percussion instrument in this DIY program, teens, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5
  • Roots of Hip Hop: Professor K.A. Shakoor, a host of Muzik & Medicine, and guests will discuss the hip hop music genre, adults, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16
  • Mindfulness and Meditation: Professor K.A. Shakoor will discuss how mindfulness and meditation can help mental health issues in the Black community, adults, 1-3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22


Newberry Branch, 110 S Seaboard Drive, Newberry (352) 472-1135

  • Quilt Craft: Craft a paper quilt in the style of traditional African-American quilts while discussing the cultural importance of quilting in the Black experience, ages 5 and older, 3-4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21


Tower Road, 3020 SW 75th St., Gainesville (352) 333-2840

  • The African Origins of Energetic Philosophy: Professor K.A. Shakoor presents on the African Origins of Energetic Philosophy, teens and adults, 3-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7
  • A Taste of African Heritage: This hands-on experience uses the African Heritage Diet Pyramid to teach participants how to cook and eat healthy, teens and adults, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, February, registration required


Waldo Branch, 14257 Cole St., Waldo (352) 468-3298

  • Stories from the Rabbit Hole: Baba Turbado tells African-American stories at the Yerkes Center next door to the library, all ages, 2-3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3


These events and programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, please visit the Library District’s eBranch at or call (352) 334-3900.

If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).



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