Library Programs Celebrate Black History Month

January 16, 2018

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

Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua (386) 462-2592
African American Read-In: Share stories and poetry relating to the African American experience with community leaders and citizens, all ages, 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25

Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer (352) 495-3367
Black History Outside the Book: Celebrate this program’s 10th year and the cultural heritage of Black America with some of the most accomplished Gospel groups from this area at the Archer Community Center, all ages, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11
Afro Fitness: Traditional West African movement incorporates aerobics to promote a healthy lifestyle by exercise and technical movement performed to African drumbeats and rhythms, adults 6 to 7 p.m., Mondays, Feb. 12 and 26

Cone Park Branch, 2801 E University Ave., (352) 334-0720
A History of Segregated Schools in Florida: Liz Coursen, author of Shade in the Sunshine State: A History of Segregated Schools in Florida, will discuss the history of segregated schools in Florida, in particular the history of Rosenwald Schools in Florida, all ages, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16Gee’s Bend Quilting Workshop: Learn about Gee’s Bend quilts and their history and how to make a Gee’s Bend inspired doll-size quilt to keep, teens and adults, 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17
Once Upon a Folktale with Turbado Marabou: Discover multicultural folktale storytelling and music with Turbado Marabou, ages 5 to teens, 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, Feb.26

Hawthorne Branch, 6640 SE 221 St., Hawthorne (352) 481-1920
African American Read-In: Discover favorite books and stories by African Americans with featured readers from this community. Refreshments provided by the Hawthorne Woman’s Club, ages 5 and up, 2 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Headquarters Library, 401 E University Ave., (352) 334-3900
Black Movies and Workshops: Grand Master K.A. Shakoor, M.A.O.M., will facilitate an interactive discussion following the showing of movies. Sponsored by the Library District and WMBT 90.1 FM, adults, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 4, 11, 25
Mindfulness Meditation: Grand Master K.A. Shakoor, M.A.O.M, will talk about his new book and the Black experience based on teachings from Ghetto Sutras, adults, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m, Saturday, Feb. 10
A History of Segregated Schools in Florida: Liz Coursen, author of Shade in the Sunshine State, will talk about the history of Florida’s segregated schools, adults, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17
Serenola Reenactment: Bertha Williams Lee, an avid Florida history researcher and genealogist, will present a reenactment of the former enslaved women and men whose names are on the Serenola Historical marker installed May 2011 in Squirrel Ridge Park at 1603 S.W. Williston Road in Gainesville, all ages, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17Author, Librarian and Historian Sherry DuPree: Sherry Sherrod Dupree is a retired professor from Santa Fe College and the University of Florida Libraries. She will share her research and book African-American Holiness Pentecostal Charismatic Research Project, adults, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18
An Evening with Daniel Bernstrom: Discover the joy of great storytelling and the process that goes into writing your own story with master storyteller Daniel Bernstrom, all ages, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27
Celebrate Black History Month with Barry-Suzanne Collins: Hear teen vocalist, actress and musician Barry-Suzanne Collins sing inspirational songs, ages 5 and up, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28

High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Hwy 27, High Springs, (386) 454-2515
Black History in Theatre and Songs: Enjoy Black History performances under the direction of Rhonda Wilson, all ages, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6
Classic Movies: Adults are invited to watch popular classic movies that explore Black History, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 13, 20 and 27

Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16 Avenue, (352) 334-0165
Black Experience and Buddhism: Grand Master K.A. Shakoor, M.A.O.M, will discuss the experiences of people of African descent with an influence on Buddhism, teens and adults, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1
Soul Music and Energetic Exercises: Muzik & Medicine: Live & Direct present a panel discussion on Funk, Roots and Soul Music and its relationship to energetic exercises, all ages, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15

Micanopy Branch, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy, (352) 466-3122
African American Genealogy: Learn basic genealogy research tips and tricks and discover helpful resources, adults, 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25

Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43 St., Gainesville (352)334-1272
Classic Cinema: Adults take a trip down memory lane and watch the film The Color Purple (1985) with Whoopi Goldberg, 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb 2, on Feb. 16, the film is Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) with Sidney Poitier and 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., on Feb. 20, the film is To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) with Gregory Peck
African Contribution to Oceanic Mind Sciences: Discuss the influence of Africans on Asian and Oceanic civilizations’ mind sciences, such as yoga and meditation, adults, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3
Book Club: Discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, adults, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6
Black History Storytime: Enjoy a collection of African American themed picture books and poetry followed by fun activities, ages 3 to 11, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9
A Morning with Daniel Bernstrom: Meet masterful storyteller Daniel Bernstrom as he shares his love of picture books, ages 3 to 11, 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27

Newberry Branch, 110 S Seaboard Dr., Newberry, (352) 472-1135
Black History Month Reader’s Theater: All ages are invited to Reader’s Theater as local children tell stories of Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8

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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