Our branches are celebrating Black History Month by offering various 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:
- Multicultural Folk Tales Book Club, Sundays in Jan. and Feb., 2-4 p.m., All AgesDiscover 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.
- Reclaiming Kin: Once Lost, Now Found, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2-3 p.m., All AgesKaren 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.
- TED Talks, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6-7 p.m., Adults
The topic is Black History followed by a discussion.
- African American Read-In, Feb. 24, 2-4 p.m., All Ages
Hear community leaders and citizens read passages, poems, and stories by Black authors. For more than a decade, people have gathered here to listen and share these works. This event is sponsored by the Alachua Friends of the Library.
- Black History Through the Arts, Sunday, Feb. 17, 3-4 p.m., All Ages
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.
- CANCELED - Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society, Feb 16, 1 p.m., All Ages
Jacksonville Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society will share stories of honorable military men and women and the role they played in American history.
- Tasty History, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 3-4 p.m., Ages 5-11
Celebrate Black History Month and the invention of the potato chip.
- African American Read-In, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2-3:15 p.m., All Ages
Discover a new favorite book or revisit with a familiar friend while sharing works by African American authors both current and historic. Featured readers include neighbors and local community leaders. Join millions of readers nationally in celebrating African American authors and African American literature during the annual African-American Read-In! Refreshments provided by the Hawthorne Woman’s Club.
- Storytime, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10:30-11 a.m., Ages 5 and under
Discover new books, sing songs, dance, and make new friends.
- Black History Celebration, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30-7:45 p.m. All Ages
Rhonda Wilson and the Star Center Theatre pay tribute to Black History Month with songs, skits and monologues.
- African American Genealogy Research, Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., All Ages
Genealogy Librarian Caroline Huguet will show how to navigate census, military and other national records to learn more about family history and ancestors. Registration Required.
- TED Talks, Sunday, Feb 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Teens, Adults
Watch a selection of Black History TED Talks and discuss topics.
- Book Club, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1-2 p.m., Adults
Discuss Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month. You don’t have to read the book to attend.
- Shekere Instrument DIY, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Teens
Make a Shekere percussion instrument in this DIY program.
- Roots of Hip Hop, Saturday, Feb. 16, 1-4 p.m., Adults
- Professor K.A. Shakoor, a host of Muzik & Medicine, and guests will discuss the hip hop music genre. Shakoor is one of the hosts of Muzik & Medicine: Live and Direct on WMBT 90.1 FM.
- Mindfulness and Meditation, Friday, Feb 22, 1-3 p.m., Adults
Professor K.A. Shakoor will discuss how mindfulness and meditation can help mental health issues in the Black community.
- Foreign Film Fridays, Feb. 1, 2-4 p.m., Adults
How could a recently orphaned, 10-year old homeless South African boy ever be called Lucky? Today’s film is, "Lucky" (2011) written and directed by Avie Luthra and is in Zulu and Hindi with English subtitles.
- Foreign Film Fridays, Feb. 15, 2-4 p.m., Adults
Mocktar, a Nigerien peasant, comes looking for work in Essakane, a dusty gold mine in Northeast Burkina Faso, Africa, where he hopes to forget the past that haunts him. Today's film is "Dreams of Dust" (2003) written and directed by Laurent Salgues and is in French with English subtitles.
- Classic Cinema, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Adults
Join us for a classic movie and take a trip down memory lane. Today's film is, "Glory" (1989) with Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.
- Quilt Craft, Thursday, Feb. 21, 3-4 p.m., Ages 5 and up
Craft a paper quilt in the style of traditional African-American quilts while discussing the cultural importance of quilting in the Black experience.
- A Taste of African Heritage, Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, and March 6, 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Teens, Adults
Oldways’ innovative cooking class program brings the African Heritage Diet Pyramid to life, showing people how to eat and cook healthfully, traditionally, and enjoyably through hands-on experience. Registration Required.
- The African Origins of Energetic Philosophy, Thursday, Feb. 7, 3-4:30 p.m., Teens, Adults
Professor K.A. Shakoor D.A.O.M.K. presents on the African Origins of Energetic Philosophy.
- Stories from the Rabbit Hole, Sunday, Feb 3, 2-3 p.m., All Ages
Baba Turbado tells African American stories.
You can also read more about what other organizations are doing across the country for African American History Month.