Cobb County libraries are presenting a variety of free events for all ages in honor of African American History Month 2018. The special programs include art, dance, historical research, movies, and lectures highlighting prominent and lesser known stories in our nation’s history.

Upcoming events at Cobb libraries in February include:

National Black History Month Anytime Activity at Switzer Library. Patrons are invited to stop by any time during the month of February to learn about famous African American inventors, leaders, scientists, authors, engineers, artists and more by playing the National Black History Month flip game. Coloring pages or a simple craft will accompany the book display featuring these great Americans. (770) 528-2320.

East Cobb Library Films at East Cobb Library on Thursday, February 1, 1 pm – 3 pm. We will be kicking off Black History Month with a showing of the 1967 classic, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Houghton, and Cecil Kellaway. To sign up please call (770) 509-2730.

Alma Thomas Art Program at Switzer Library on Thursday, February 1, 4 pm – 5 pm. Celebrate National Black History Month with an art program featuring Georgia native artist, Alma Thomas. Our school age TAG (Tech, Art, Games) program will be learning about her life and technique and get creative using her methods. (770) 528-2320.

Food History of the South at South Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, February 3, 2 pm – 3 pm will feature cuisine of the American South which has a rich and complex history that is influenced by Native American, African American, and European culture. Family and Consumer Science Specialist Terri Carter of the University of Georgia Cobb County Extension will be giving a special lecture that traces the roots of your favorite Southern foods back to their beginnings. There will also be a cooking demonstration and food samples! Please sign up at the Adult Reference Desk or by calling (678) 398-5831.

Bookworms Bookclub at Mountain View Regional Library on Monday, February 5, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. In honor of Black History Month, we will be discussing Matt de la Peña’s book Last Stop on Market Street. The book club, which is for students in grades K-2 meets for 45 minutes in the Children’s Program Room. Stop by the Children’s reference desk or click here to register. (770)-509-4964.

Tween Only Fearless Art at West Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, February 3, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. This month’s art extravaganza will focus on African American inspired pieces. Registration is required. Space is limited. For more information, contact Suzanne Brizzi at Suzanne.brizzi@cobbcounty.org. (770)-528-4699.

First Monday in the Georgia Room at Switzer Library on Monday, February 5, 7 pm. In honor of Black History Month, genealogist Cynthia Owens will be presenting a workshop covering African American Genealogy 101. (770) 528-2320.

Family Fun Time at East Cobb Library on Wednesday, February 7 from 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm will feature African American Authors & Illustrators. The weekly Wednesday afternoon program – which can include books, activities, a craft and more – is for families and children of all ages. (770) 509-2730.

African Americans of World War I with Dr. John Morrow Jr. at Switzer Library on Saturday, February 10 from 1 pm -2:30 pm will feature a presentation by a renowned expert on early military aviation. Dr. Morrow will focus on the African Americans who served in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in France. The University of Georgia history professor is the author of several books, including The Great War in the Air: Military Aviation from 1909 to 1921 and co-author of Harlem’s Rattlers and The Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and African American Quest for Equality. (770) 528-2320.

Who Was Charles Drew? South Cobb Regional Library will be having a presentation on Saturday, February 10 from 2:30 pm – 4 pm to honor and discuss African American surgeon and inventor Charles Drew. (678) 398-5828

Afrobeat Zumba for Teens at Switzer Library on Wednesday, February 17 from 2 pm – 3 pm will feature Onny, a song-writer, singer, choreographer, and dance coordinator. Onny will be teaching teens how to shake off stress, burn calories, and have a blast in this Afrobeat dance/Zumba class. Come comfortably dressed and bring water. Registration Required. (770) 528-2377.

African American History Month Bingo at East Cobb Library on Wednesday, February 21, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. This special version of Bingo for families with children of all ages will feature influential African Americans and historical events. No registration required. Children 9 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver.

African Glamorous Look – Tying African Headwrap at Switzer Library on Thursday, February 22, 2 pm – 3:30 pm will feature African music, Switzer teens modeling African outfits, and a lesson on how to create Elegant Sophisticated African Headwrap (known as a Gele). (770) 528-2320.

Black History Month Film Festival at South Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, February 24, 11:15 am – 5:45 pm will feature films focusing on important figures in African American History. Join us as we screen For Us, The Living: the Medgar Evers Story (NR), 42 (PG-13), and Selma (PG-13).

Marietta National Cemetery’s African Americans with Civil War Historian Brad Quinlin will be at Switzer Library on Monday, February 26 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Quinlin will be talking about the 258 African American soldiers and the freed African American nurse Emma Stephenson buried in the Marietta National Guard Cemetery

Check out one or all of our “drop-in” events at several of our locations:

African American Civil Rights Scavenger Hunt at East Cobb Library. From Monday, January 29 – Saturday, February 3, we will be challenging people of all ages to a scavenger hunt, themed specifically to honor Black History Month. Stop in any time during those dates to learn more about it. (770)-509-2730.

African American History Month Book Display at Gritters Library. Stop in any time to see our collection of some of the greatest works by, for, and about prominent figures in history. (770) 528-2524.

Toot your Horn at Mountain View Regional Library. Starting Friday, February 16, preschool to elementary aged kids can come in and make their own trumpet while learning about jazz. This program runs through Wednesday, February 28. (770)-509-4964.

For more information, visit www.cobbcat.org or call any Cobb County library location.

African American History Month 2018 Events @ your Cobb County libraries

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