A variety of programs for African American History Month are scheduled at Cobb County Public Library System locations.
Events and activities at the Cobb libraries in February include:
Celebrate African American History Month, Special Family Program at East Cobb Library at February 4. 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. All ages are welcome to celebrate with a variety of books, a short film and crafts.
Celebrate Digital Learning Day at East Marietta Library on February 4, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. School age children will discover how to use digital technology to learn more about the fascinating lives of African Americans in history. Space is limited. Reserve a spot by calling 770-509-2711.
Discovering the Underground Railroad at South Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, February 7, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sheri Jackson, Southeast Regional Manager of the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, will led the program. She will discuss the efforts of enslaved African Americans to gain freedom through escape and flight, with assistance of people who opposed slavery and choose to help them escape, through the end of the U.S. Civil War.
Race Relations and Strategies for Change in the Post-Civil Rights Era, a program led by Dr. Seneca Vaught of Kennesaw State University, will be presented on February 9 at Mountain View Regional Library and on February 23 at Switzer Library, 7 p.m. both dates.
Storytelling for Black History at South Cobb Regional Library on Monday, February 9 at 7 p.m. Storyteller Josie Bailey will present the program. Ms. Bailey finds hope and inspiration in the stories of the lives of people of today and our history. She has toured throughout the Southeast for more than two decades as a storyteller and inspirational speaker.
Monday Evening Lecture Series: We Will Shoot Back – Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement at Switzer Library on February 9, 7 p.m. In conjunction with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, a book signing and lecture with Dr. Akinyele Umoja of Georgia State University. This explores the role of gun ownership, the Second Amendment and armed resistance during the Civil Rights Movement.
Learn Genealogy Tools, a special workshop on researching African American genealogy, at South Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, February 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carolyn Crawford, head of the Georgia Room, Cobb County Public Library System’s genealogical and historic collection, will lead the program.
Book Discussion at Switzer Library on Sunday, February 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Local author Marian L. Thomas will take part in a discussion on her novel “Color Me Jazzmyne” with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Marietta/Roswell Alumni Chapter hosting the discussion. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (770) 528-2320.
Monday Evening Lecture Series: Sunflower Spirit – Love Has No Color at Switzer Library on February 16, 7 p.m. Historian Zellie Rainey Orr will discuss the legacy of Charlie Scattergood, a white non-violent civil rights activist involved in the 1960s civil rights demonstrations, marches, sit-ins and “shop-ins.”
Art Celebration at South Cobb Regional Library on Wednesday, February 18, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids will learn about prominent African American artists, specifically the collage style of Romare Bearden and then make collages. Ages 5 and up.
The Marines of Montford Point: Commemorating America’s First Black Marines at West Cobb Regional Library on February18, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In 1942, African American men joined the Marine Corps for the first time. This program explores their experiences serving in World War II and their contributions to the Civil Rights movement. The program is presented by Education Specialist James Newberry of the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University.
African Rainsticks at Mountain View Regional Library on February 21, 2:00 p.m to3 p.m. School age children will make rainsticks, dance to African music and examine the history of rainsticks in cultures around the globe. This family program is appropriate for K-5. Space is limited; registration is required.
Pop-In Storytime for Pre-school – Celebrating African-American Authors and Illustrators at East Marietta Library on Monday, February 23, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. A storytime that includes finger plays, dancing and creating something to take home. Ages 3-5.
Toddler Time – Celebrating African-American Authors and Illustrators at East Marietta Library on Tuesday, February 24, 11a.m. to 11:45 a.m. A storytime of sharing picture books and rhymes, music and movement to encourage the love of reading.
Celebrate Black History Month at Kemp Memorial Library on Wednesday, February 25at 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Kids will explore African American folktales and stories, songs and a short film. For ages 3 and up.
History of the Buffalo Soldiers at Switzer Library on Saturday, February 28, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Georgia will present educational information for the general public, especially African-American youth, on the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments of the U.S. Army, better known as the Buffalo Soldiers.
African American History Month Family Bingo! at West Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, February 28. 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kids will learn about famous American Americans and events while having fun playing bingo.