February is Black History Month, honoring the accomplishments of African Americans throughout history. The event was first celebrated as Negro History Week in February 1926, and spread year by year as mayors across the U.S. designated their own Negro History Weeks. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial, and has been repeated by Presidential proclamation each year since then. Read more at AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth.gov
Join the celebration at your library! The Hamilton location hosts an African American Read In on Saturday, February 4 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., featuring author and historian guests Audrey C. Johnson McCurdy, Jerome Dotson, Marilyn Torres and Donald Guillory. Visit the event page for schedule details.
Join us at our Downtown location on Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m. for a special storytime celebrating African American authors and illustrators. This story and craft program is for kids of all ages and no registration is required.
Celebrate Black History Month with books by checking out our booklist, featuring fiction and nonfiction by and about African Americans. Favorites include:
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy
The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America by Ethan Michaeli
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison