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Celebrate Black History Month

The Palm Beach County Library System will be offering events that honor the heritage, contributions and achievements of the African-American community. With over twenty events being offered, from musical performances to book discussions, there will be something for all ages and interests. Bring your family and friends to celebrate our African-American community.

Black History Month has its national roots in a week-long observation initiated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926, it was expanded into Black History Month by President Ford in 1976, and became Public Law 99-244 in 1986.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

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Upcoming Events

Adult Coloring Club: Black History Month!
Lantana Road Branch
Fri, Feb 02, 2:00 pm
Color for fun and relaxation with other coloring enthusiasts. Coloring pages and materials provided.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Belle Glade Branch
Mon, Feb 05, 10:00 am

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Clarence E. Anthony Branch
Mon, Feb 05, 1:00 pm

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black Blockbusters
Lantana Road Branch
Tue, Feb 06, 2:00 pm
"A Raisin in the Sun."
©‎Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.
(127 min.)
Join us each week as we celebrate different African-American actors, actresses and directors that have contributed to the big screen.
Preregister.
Not rated.
Movie Matinee
Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
Wed, Feb 07, 2:00 pm
"More Than a Month." ©PBS Independent Lens. (53 min.)
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Black History Month: Movie Matinee
Acreage Branch
Wed, Feb 07, 2:30 pm
"Fences." ©Paramount Pictures. (133 min.)
Preregister.
PG-13
Black History Month: Movie Matinee
Greenacres Branch
Wed, Feb 07, 2:30 pm
"Loving." ©Focus Features. (123 min.) Celebrate Black History Month!
Preregister.
PG-13
Black History Trivia
Clarence E. Anthony Branch
Wed, Feb 07, 4:30 pm
Are you a know-it-all? Do you feel like you could answer any question? Test your skills with a rousing game of trivia. All ages.
(60 min.)
Black History Month Film Festival
West Boca Branch
Thu, Feb 08, 1:00 pm
"Loving."
©‎Focus Features.
(123 min.)
Celebrate Black History Month with films that showcase diverse works of, by and about people of African descent.
PG-13
Book Discussion: "The Underground Railroad," by Colson Whitehead
Greenacres Branch
Thu, Feb 08, 1:30 pm
In recognition of Black History Month.
(60 min.) Preregister.
What’s All That Jazz About? With Shenole Latimer
Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
Sat, Feb 10, 11:00 am

Young audiences are introduced to the colorful and expressive American music known as jazz with saxophonist Shenole Latimer.

All ages.
(45 min.) Preregister.
What’s All That Jazz About? With Shenole Latimer
Acreage Branch
Sat, Feb 10, 2:00 pm

Young audiences are introduced to the colorful and expressive American music known as jazz with saxophonist Shenole Latimer.

All ages.
(45 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Kickoff Event: Jazz Musical Concert
Wellington Branch
Sat, Feb 10, 2:30 pm
Founder and host of Jazz on J Street, flutist Blanche Williams will be joined by seasoned musicians to kick off our Black History celebration with the history of jazz.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Family Fun: Movie & Jeopardy
Belle Glade Branch
Sat, Feb 10, 3:15 pm
"Perfect Harmony."
©‎Walt Disney Pictures.
(95 min.)
Load up the whole family for a fun-filled teachable afternoon as we celebrate African-American history, culture and achievements. Snacks provided. All ages.
Preregister.
Not rated.
Sunday Cinema
Gardens Branch
Sun, Feb 11, 2:00 pm
"Fences." ©Paramount Pictures. (133 min.)
Preregister.
PG-13
Book Discussion: “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead
Gardens Branch
Mon, Feb 12, 2:00 pm
Staff-led discussion. Books available in print and e-books.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Film Festival
West Boca Branch
Thu, Feb 15, 1:00 pm
"42."
©‎Warner Bros.
(128 min.)
Celebrate Black History Month with films that showcase diverse works of, by and about people of African descent.
PG-13
Black History Month Trivia
Wellington Branch
Thu, Feb 15, 3:00 pm
Does your knowledge of trivia leave your family and friends in awe? Join a team and see who is the trivia king and queen. Ages 5-12.
(60 min.)
Meet the Author: Maria Nhambu
Lantana Road Branch
Thu, Feb 15, 6:30 pm
Author of the "Dancing Soul" trilogy will discuss her books and share her love of her native Africa. In her memoir, "America’s Daughter," she shares her difficulties and triumphs having been brought to the United States by her adoptive mother.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Documentary
Glades Road Branch
Fri, Feb 16, 2:00 pm
"Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance." ©PBS. (60 min.)
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
What’s All That Jazz About? With Shenole Latimer
Gardens Branch
Sat, Feb 17, 11:00 am

Young audiences are introduced to the colorful and expressive American music known as jazz with saxophonist Shenole Latimer.

All ages.
(45 min.) Preregister.
Saturday Matinee
Clarence E. Anthony Branch
Sat, Feb 17, 2:00 pm
"Selma." ©Paramount Pictures. (127 min.)
PG-13
Gems of Hope: The African-American Spiritual
Wellington Branch
Sat, Feb 17, 2:30 pm
A glimpse back into the origin, purpose and necessity of the ingenious art form known as the African-American Spiritual. Vocalist, Katie Gilmore highlights a few well-known spirituals through lecture and performance.
(60 min.)
Black History Month Family Fun: Movie & Jeopardy
Belle Glade Branch
Sat, Feb 17, 3:15 pm
Music Culture: Negro Spiritual, Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Hip-Hop.
Load up the whole family for a fun-filled teachable afternoon as we celebrate African-American history, culture and achievements. Snacks provided. All ages.
(95 min.)
Preregister.
Black Blockbusters
Lantana Road Branch
Tue, Feb 20, 2:00 pm
"Fences."
©‎Paramount Pictures.
(133 min.)
Join us each week as we celebrate different African-American actors, actresses and directors that have contributed to the big screen.
Preregister.
PG-13
Songs of Triumph, a History of the Negro Spiritual
Royal Palm Beach Branch
Tue, Feb 20, 6:30 pm
Using the art of storytelling and music, this presentation covers the development of the Negro Spiritual and its impact. Performance and discussion led by Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Movie Matinee
Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
Wed, Feb 21, 2:00 pm
"42." ©Warner Bros. (128 min.)
PG-13
Black History Cinema
Main Library
Wed, Feb 21, 2:00 pm
"Marshall." ©Open Road Films. (118 min.)
Preregister.
PG-13
Songs of Triumph, a History of the Negro Spiritual
Jupiter Branch
Wed, Feb 21, 2:30 pm
Using the art of storytelling and music, this presentation covers the development of the Negro Spiritual and its impact. Performance and discussion led by Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Film Festival
West Boca Branch
Thu, Feb 22, 1:00 pm
"Thunder Soul."
©‎Lions Gate Films, Inc.
(83 min.)
Celebrate Black History Month with films that showcase diverse works of, by and about people of African descent.
PG
The Great American Songbook, Jazz & Bossa Nova
West Boynton Branch
Thu, Feb 22, 2:00 pm
Vocalist Perley Rousseau and pianist Sonny Daye present a concert highlighting African-American singers and composers.
(60 min.) Preregister.
The Great American Songbook, Jazz and Bossa Nova
West Boynton Branch
Thu, Feb 22, 2:00 pm
Vocalist Perley Rousseau and pianist Sonny Daye present a concert filled with warmth highlighting African American singers and composers.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Documentary
Tequesta Branch
Fri, Feb 23, 2:00 pm
"American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise." ©PBS. (114 min.)
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Jazz Brunch
Loula V. York Branch
Sat, Feb 24, 10:30 am
Join us for a light brunch and conversation before Shenole Latimer's entertaining and enlightening presentation! All ages.
(30 min.) Preregister.
What’s All That Jazz About? With Shenole Latimer
Loula V. York Branch
Sat, Feb 24, 11:00 am

Young audiences are introduced to the colorful and expressive American music known as jazz with saxophonist Shenole Latimer.

All ages.
(45 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Celebration: Teen Movie & Pizza
Belle Glade Branch
Sat, Feb 24, 1:30 pm
"Marshall." ©Open Road Films. (118 min.) Grades 5-12.
Preregister.
PG-13
Black History Month Trivia
Lantana Road Branch
Sat, Feb 24, 2:00 pm
Teams of 2-6 will answer trivia questions and compete to win prizes. Bring your friends to form a team, or join others and play along.
(2 hr.) Preregister.
A Tribute to Ella: Music of the Ella Fitzgerald Songbook
Greenacres Branch
Sat, Feb 24, 2:30 pm
Vocalist Perley Rousseau and pianist Sonny Daye present a concert and music of Ella Fitzgerald.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Basket Weaving Craft
Lantana Road Branch
Sat, Feb 24, 2:30 pm
Learn about the history of African basket weaving, then create your own colorful basket to take home. Ages 5-12. Space is limited.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Teen Book Chat: "The Crossover," by Kwame Alexander
Belle Glade Branch
Sat, Feb 24, 3:30 pm
Copies are available in the teen section. Grades 5 & up.
(60 min.)
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Royal Palm Beach Branch
Mon, Feb 26, 10:00 am

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Book Discussion: “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead
Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
Mon, Feb 26, 2:00 pm
Staff-led discussion. Books available in print and e-books.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Greenacres Branch
Mon, Feb 26, 4:00 pm

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Readers Theater
Glades Road Branch
Tue, Feb 27, 4:00 pm
Read and act out plays based on the Underground Railroad and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s childhood. Ages 8-12.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
West Boynton Branch
Wed, Feb 28, 10:15 am

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
A Tribute to Ella: Music of the Ella Fitzgerald Songbook
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Wed, Feb 28, 2:30 pm
Vocalist Perley Rousseau and pianist Sonny Daye present a concert and music of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
West Boca Branch
Wed, Feb 28, 3:30 pm

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.