Celebrate Black History Month at the Library

Posted by: Johnson County Public Library | Friday, January 14, 2022

JCPL is celebrating Black History Month throughout February with special programming. Join a enlightening book discussion, learn about inventors, artists and more! 
Black History Month booklists

Thu / Feb. 10 / 6:00 p.m.
All About the Center for Black Literature and Culture: via Zoom
Join the director of the Center for Black Literature and Culture, Nichelle Hayes, as she talks about the resources and programs the Center offers Indiana residents. For Adults.

Tue / Feb. 15 / 4:30 p.m.
Book Stars: Vashti Harrison
Let's find out more about Vashti Harrison, creator of "Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History". We'll read her books, examine her illustrations, and be inspired to create our own. For School-Age.

Thu / Feb. 17 / 4:30 p.m.
Filmmaking and Zora Neale Hurston: via Zoom
Learn about filmmaking, and film pioneer Zora Neale Hurston, a folklorist. We will also make our own short film. Celebrate Black History Month! For School-Age.

Thu / Feb. 17 / 6 p.m.
Building Bridges: "The Hate U Give" Book & Movie Discussion: via Zoom
For this discussion, you will need to read the book and/or watch the movie before the discussion. Copies of both the movie and the book are available for check-out at all JCPL branches. For Teens and Adults.

Mon / Feb. 21 / 7:00 p.m.
Monday Night Book Group: "Home Place" by J. Drew Lanham
Discuss books in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Copies of the titles will be available at the check-out desk the month before each meeting. For Adults.

Wed / Feb. 23 / 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion: "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah
If you enjoy discussing books you've read, please join us. Copies of the book are available to check out the month prior. A zoom option is available to participants. The link will be sent upon request. For Adults.

Fri / Feb. 25 / 6 p.m.
Friday Flicks @ the Library: Harriet
Join us for the incredible true story of Harriet Tubman, one of America's greatest heroes. Movie is rated PG-13. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent. Refreshments will be provided. For All Ages.

Sat / Feb. 26 / 1:30 p.m. / Johnson County Museum of History
Voices from the Past Storyteller Series: Abigail Gray, Living Under the Drinking Gourd
Sharon Kirk Clifton presents a compelling narrative of the Underground Railroad in southern Indiana. Sharon tells the true stories of the Underground Railroad of southeastern Indiana and points north and south. This event will be held at the Johnson County Museum of History. For All Ages

Mon / Feb. 28 / 9 a.m.
Books & Beans Book Club @ Coffeehouse Five, Franklin: "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett
You like to read and drink coffee? Then check out JCPL's newest book club. We meet at coffee shops around the county to discuss new books, old books, bestsellers and classics. This month's book is "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett. Please contact any branch for a copy of the book. For Adults.

Mon / Feb. 28 / 6 p.m.
DIY Beauty: via Zoom
Make a hand or lip cream, and learn about Madame CJ Walker, a beauty pioneer and the first Black Millionaire. Celebrate Black History Month! For Teens.

View our calendar and register for these upcoming programs!

Join local resident, Douglas Gray, for a brief history of African Americans in Johnson County. This Building Bridges program, recorded in September 2020, takes a look at Black experiences in Franklin, Indiana and surrounding areas.