February marks Black History Month. We invite you to join us here at the Library as we celebrate and learn with events, activities, and resources for all ages.
Adults are invited to join us in the Library’s program room on Monday, February 5th at 7pm, for the lecture Harmonizing History: Celebrating the Legacies of 3 Black Composers. During this lecture we will explore the work of three African American composers who have created memorable orchestral music: Joseph Bologne (The Chevalier de Saint-Georges), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Florence Price.
On Wednesday, February 7th and 21st at 4pm, children in grades K-5 are welcome to join us for Makers of History. During these interactive sessions, children will learn about famous Black trailblazers and make their own creations based upon their work in the field of science. February 7th will focus on Alexander Miles, who made elevators safer. Children will then make their own pulley systems! The session on February 21st will focus on Cornelius Coffey, a pilot and aircraft mechanic who built his own planes and founded a flying school that taught students of all races. Children will then create their own flying aircrafts!
Beginning on February 20th, children in grades 5 and under can pick up a Take Home STEM Airplane Craft in honor of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot’s license.
On Monday, February 26th at 7pm, adults are invited to join us once again for the lecture Lena Horne: Smashing Barriers. This lecture will celebrate the legacy of American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer, Lena Horne, who broke new ground for black performers. This lecture will also include backstage stories and exciting performance videos.
We also invite you to visit the library and browse our book displays and collections this month. Including the Library’s digital resources such as the database Black Life in America which contains comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from the early 18th century to the present day spruced from 19,000 American and global new sources and 400 current and historical black publications.
Registration is not required for these events. We hope to see you at the Library!
Amy Babcock, Director