Celebrate Black History Month at the Library

Celebrate Black History Month

Learn About Fascinating People and Traditions

Posted by: Johnson County Public Library | Thursday, January 31, 2019

Join a enlightening book discussion, learn about important historical figures, clap along to wonderful music, listen to a fascinating Madam C.J. Walker storyteller and more!

Black History Month Booklist for All Ages

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Happy Birthday, Rosa and Hank!
In honor of Black History Month, we’ll learn about how Rosa Parks and Hank Aaron made their mark on America's history. Make a historical bookmark about them to be given to residents at Christina Place senior community. Please register.

Clark Pleasant Branch Mon / Feb. 4 / 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Take Flight
Learn about famous aviators and astronauts Bessie Coleman and Mae Jemison- then become one yourself. We’ll make paper airplanes and race around the library. Please register.
Children (grades K-5)
Trafalgar Branch Tue / Feb. 5 / 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Not Your Mother's Book Club: "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
This book club is all about reading for fun and having a laid back, snack filled discussion with like minded bibliophiles. Please register.
Teens & Adults
Clark Pleasant Branch Wed / Feb. 6 / 6:00 p.m. 

DIY Cosmetics
Celebrate the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker by creating your own cosmetics. In just 9 years, Madam C.J. Walker went from only having 2 dollars to her name to her name being worth over a million. Please register.
All Ages
Trafalgar Branch Mon / Feb 11 / 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Trombone Storytime
Discover African American musicians Trombone Shorty and Little Melba during this musical storytime. The stories come alive as adult librarian, Miss Linda, plays her trombone. Please register.
Children (Age 3-Grade 3); Families welcome
White River Branch Tue / Feb. 12 / 4:30-5:15 p.m.

And All That Jazz
Be-bop your way to the library to learn about the Harlem Renaissance - a real swingin' time. We'll look at the contributions of black artists in the worlds of poetry, music and art. Please register.
Children (grades K-6); Families welcome
Trafalgar Branch Thu / Feb. 14 / 4:30-5:30 p.m.

It Came From Memphis: Otis Redding, Stax Records and the Soul Music Explosion
Some of the greatest R&B music of all time came out of a converted movie theater on McLemore Avenue in Memphis in the 1960s. Come find out how it all happened, and hear some classic hits from Otis Redding, Booker T & The MG's and many more. Please register.
Teens & Adults
Clark Pleasant Branch Thu / Feb. 14 / 7-8 p.m.

Traditional West African Song, Drum & Dance
Join us as we celebrate the traditions of west Africa through song, dance and drums! Ronne Stone, the director of Epiphany Dance Collective will take us through a journey of Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea's cultural traditions and teach elements of rhythm, shape, space, force/energy, patterns, and stories.
All Ages
Franklin Branch Sun / Feb. 17 / 3-3:45 p.m.

Monday Night Book Group: "Black Rose" by Tananarive Due
Interested in a book club but don't know where to start? Come and discuss "Black Rose" by Tananarive Due in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk.
White River Branch Mon / Feb. 18 / 7-8:30 p.m.

Trafalgar Book Club: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta Lacks, unknowningly, responsible for the HeLA cells that have been used in countless experiments is researched by a journalist, as she tracks down the woman's family. Please register. 
Trafalgar Branch Tue / Feb. 19 / 6-7 p.m.

Voices from the Past Storyteller series: Madam C.J. Walker
In celebration of Black History Month, Vickie Daniel will be performing and sharing The Madam C.J. Walker story at the Johnson County Museum of History.
All Ages
Sat / Feb. 23 / 1:30-3 p.m.

Book Discussion: "Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
If you love talking with others about a book you've read, you'll want to attend these events. Copies of the titles will be available at the checkout desk the month before each meeting.
White River Branch Wed / Feb. 27 / 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Who Was Harriet Tubman?
Calling all fans of the popular “Who Was?” biography series! If you love learning about famous figures from history, this program is for you. Each month we'll talk about a different person featured in a “Who Was?” book and learn about their life through activities. Please register.
Children (grades K-5)
White River Branch Wed / Feb. 27 / 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Motown Magic with the Franklin Community Band
Join the Franklin Community Band as they celebrate the rich musical contributions of many Motown artists and other classic American pop and soul musicians. Please register.
Franklin Branch Thu / Feb. 28 / 7-8 p.m.