Learn more about Black History Month at your library

February 16, 2016

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, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua (386) 462-2592
Black History Scavenger Hunt: Complete scavenger hunt using African American authors and illustrators for a special book, ages 5 to 18, 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18
Alachua African-American Read-In: Listen to community leaders and readers share literature celebrating African-American laborers from the past. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Alachua Branch, all ages, 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21
African Dance and Drums: Members of Project Beautiful will present an uplifting program with dance and drums, ages 5 to adult, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28

Cone Park Branch, 2801 E University Ave., Gainesville (352) 334-0720
Black History Trivia and Coloring Contest: Coloring sheets will be available at the front desk and at the Library Resource Center. Coloring sheets should be returned to staff to be entered in the coloring contest and displayed in the library, ages 3 to 11, all month
Fun, Facts and Figures for Teens: In this series of fun facts, quizzes, puzzles and activities, teens will be introduced and informed about popular and important facts and people in African American History and Culture, teens, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1 - 4
Every Child Should Have a Book: During this special story time for Black History Month, Cone Park staff will read their favorite picture book or an excerpt from their favorite book. Every child that participates will receive a book to take home, ages 5 to 11, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17

Hawthorne Branch, 6640 SE 221st St., Hawthorne (352) 481-1920
African-American Read-In: Join more than a million readers nationally to celebrate African American authors and literature. Featured readers will include your neighbors and local community leaders from the fields of religion, government, education, and the arts. Refreshments will be served by the Hawthorne Woman's Club, all ages, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20

Headquarters, 401 E University Ave., Gainesville, (352) 334-3900
Remembering Josiah T. Walls: Melanie Barr, former chair of the Alachua Co. Historical Commission, will present the program to honor and remember Josiah T. Walls, elected to the Florida House of Representatives 1868-69, the first Black Republican from Florida to be elected to the US House of Representatives in 1870, and who also later served as Mayor of Gainesville, all ages, 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7
African Dance and Rhythms: Learn the basic movements and dance steps of traditional African dance with instructor Noni Jones, all ages, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13
Making Windmills and Chasing Dreams with William Kamkwamba: Join us for an evening with William Kamkwamba, author of "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind." What do bamboo poles and bicycle chains have to do with sparking the spirit of entrepreneurship? Learn more about his inspiring life story of how an African teenager built a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his home and village, improving life for himself and his neighbors. Kamkwamba is an engineer and a philanthropist, all ages, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6
The African Presence in Buddhism: K.A. Shakoor will discuss people of African descent's experiences with and influence on Buddhism, teens and adults, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21

High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Hwy 27, High Springs, (386) 454-2515
Stories from the Rabbit Hole: Baba Turbado tells African American stories for Black History Month, all ages, 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23

Micanopy Branch, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy, (352) 466-3122
Stories from the Rabbit Hole: Baba Turbado presents stories and a musical craft in honor of Black History Month, ages 5 to 11, 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21

Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43rd St., Gainesville (352)334-1272
Book Club: The Millhopper Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month. You do not have to read the book to attend the meeting. To help celebrate Black History Month, the book club will read "The Last Runaway" by Tracy Chevalier, adults, 1 to 3:30, Tuesday, Feb. 2
Stories from the Rabbit Hole: Storyteller Turbado tells traditional African folktales with arts and crafts for kids after the stories, ages 3 to 11, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22

Newberry Branch, 110 S Seaboard Dr., Newberry, (352) 472-1135
Stories from the Rabbit Hole: Join Turbado Marabou, a celebrated visual artist and storyteller for a storytime in celebration of Black History Month, all ages, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17

Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75th St., Gainesville (352) 333-2840
West African Dance: Local performing artist and dance instructor, Larry D. Rosalez, will teach a class for those interested in learning the art and skill of traditional West African dance, all ages, 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4 and Tuesday, Feb. 23
Stories from the Rabbit Hole: Baba Turbado presents tells traditional African folktales, ages 5 to 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5
African American Legacy: Join us as we pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve equality and freedom, teens, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6
A History of Capoeira: Discover the roots of the afro-Brazilian martial art and dance form of Capoeira with the Capoeira Academy of Gainesville. First, learn about the history of Capoeira, watch a demonstration and learn some moves, ages 5 to 11, 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6
Buffalo Soldiers: Join us to learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers and their historical significance. Go back in time as these historical reenactors of African American soldiers will be wearing historically accurate uniforms, will have a camp tent set up and are even bring the horses, all ages, 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20

These events and programs are free and open to the public. For a complete list visit www.aclib.us/events. For additional information, please visit the Library District’s eBranch at www.aclib.us or contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909, nkortus@aclib.us.


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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