February Is Black History Month!
Join the Library as we celebrate Black History Month! In branches throughout the entire county, we will be offering over 50 programs that will pique the interest of youth and adults alike!
For the first time ever, the Library’s celebration of Black History Month will be kicked off with a special event at the Main Library on Sat, Feb 01 at 2:00 pm. This exciting program will feature the Delray Divas step team, a rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by singer/songwriter Ty Swasey, and the scintillating sounds of award-winning jazz saxophonist Randy Corinthian who will also share his talent and music at the Belle Glade and Lantana Road Branches.
Library staff members will lead book discussions of classics such as Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the Lantana Road Branch and recent titles such as Jay-Z’s book, "Decoded" at the Main Library. The richness of African American history can also be experienced at the Royal Palm Beach, Belle Glade, and West Boynton Branches as Florida Book Award Silver Medal winner Virginia Lynn Moylan discusses her book "Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade."
Want to test your knowledge of black history? The Wellington Branch gives children ages 10 and up an opportunity to participate in a trivia-style game with prizes! Families have much to choose from when it comes to learning about Black history – from celebrating African American heroes at the Hagen Ranch Road Branch to creating your own Kente cloth duct tape wallet at the Lantana Road Branch.
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. Bring your family and friends to honor and explore Palm Beach County’s African American communities and their rich histories all month long!