Celebrate Black History Month at the Library

Posted by: Johnson County Public Library | Wednesday, January 27, 2021

JCPL is celebrating Black History Month throughout February with special programming. Join a enlightening book discussion, hear the history of Memphis R&B, learn about artists and more! 
Black History Month booklists

Wed / Feb. 3 / 4:30 p.m.
Alma Thomas Collages: via Zoom
Create a beautiful collage in the style of artist Alma Thomas using constuction paper and glue. For School-Age.

Mon / Feb. 15 / 6:30 p.m.
Franklin Page Turners: "Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" - via Zoom
If you love to read and chat about books, join us as we discuss "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot and share your thoughts and insights on this title. For Adults.

Mon / Feb. 15
Join White River Branch librarian Amy Dalton as she discusses biologist Corina Newsome and the creation of Black Birders Week on the Gals Guide podcast. You can find more details and listen here: https://galsguide.org/category/gals-guide-podcast/

Mon / Feb. 15 / 7:00 p.m.
Monday Night Book Group: "You Should See Me in a Crown" by Leah Johnson - via Zoom
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. Zoom link will be emailed before the meeting. For Adults.

Tue / Feb. 23 / 6:30 p.m.
Stax Records and Memphis Soul - via Zoom
Stax Records was home to R&B legends like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Sam & Dave. Celebrate Black History month and come learn about this legendary Memphis record label and their best-loved hits.

Wed / Feb. 24 / 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion: "The Water Dancer" - via Zoom
If you enjoy discussing books you've read, please join us. We'll read "The Water Dancer" by Ta-Nehisi Coates For Adults.

Thu / Feb. 25 / 5 p.m.
Be the Change! How To Build a Kinder World - via Zoom
Celebrate Black History Month and follow in the footsteps of activists who saw and fought for a brighter future. Imagine what you want to see in the world and take steps to make great changes! For School-Age.

View our calendar and register for these upcoming programs!

Looking for great books and resources about Black History?

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