Cobb County Public Libraries are presenting a variety of free events for all ages in honor of African American History Month 2019. 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:
Black History Month Storytime at Windy Hill Library every Tuesday in February from 10:30 am – 11:15 am. Celebrate Black History Month with specially themed storytimes celebrating the lives and achievements of African Americans focusing on courage, cultural traditions, and family. 770-528-2677.
Movie Monday at Windy Hill Library on February 4 from 11 am – 1 pm., will feature Selma (PG-13), the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people that culminated into marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. 770-528-2677.
Treasures of the Georgia Room’s African American Collection: The Influence of Black Churches in Georgia at Windy Hill Library on Wednesday, February 6 from 11 am – noon. Staff from Switzer Library’s Georgia Room will be going over the history and importance of several prominent African American churches in Georgia. 770-528-2677.
African American Author’s Discussion Group at Stratton Library on Monday, February 11 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. We will be discussing Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn. 770-528-2522.
National African-American Read-in at Switzer Library on Saturday, February 16 from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. Read a 3 – 5 minute excerpt from your favorite Black author. You can bring your own selection or make a selection from the books on hand. 770-528-2320.
Make and Take Crafts at Lewis A. Ray Library the week of February 18 – February 22 from 2 pm – 4 pm will have a Black History Month theme. The library will provide all materials and directions for this craft event for children of all ages. 770-801-5335.
Family Craft Time at South Cobb Regional Library on Tuesday, February 19 from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. We will be making African Necklaces inspired by the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania while learning about their cultures. 678-398-5828.
Taste of Africa & Cultural Performance at Switzer Library on Tuesday, February 19 from 2:30 pm – 5 pm. This family friendly cultural event will celebrate African delicacies and dancing. Bring along recipes for a recipe swap and then sit back and watch Switzer teens perform traditional African dances while enjoying traditional African cuisine. 770-528-2320.
Black History Month Crafternoon at Kennesaw Library on Thursday, February 21 from 11 am – noon. Learn about and celebrate a variety of black innovators, artists, and leaders by making a craft in honor of them. 770-528-2529.
Make it Thursday: Black History Month Quilt at Powder Springs Library on February 21 from 4 pm – 5 pm. This crafts club for kids ages 5 – 9 will be making Freedom Quilts in honor of Black History Month. 770-439-3600.
Black History Month Paper Quilt at Stratton Library on Thursday, February 21 from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Kids ages 3 and up will learn about Black History Month, teamwork, and artistic expression. We will each create a square to add to a paper quilt that when finished will be displayed in the library. 770-528-2522.
Black History Program: I am a Lioness at Vinings Library on Saturday, February 23 from 2 pm – 4 pm. Special guest lecturer Dr. Piper Huguley-Riggins will present a program on how she uses historical fiction to reveal black women hidden figures of history. Author and Literary Golden Heart Award Finalist Dr. Hughley-Riggins teaches Composition and various American Literature courses at Spelman College. She is the author of the Reconstruction era “Home to Milford College” series. Registration is recommended. 770-801-5330.
TAG Thursday at Switzer Library on February 28 from 4 pm – 5 pm. Elementary aged kids will get to participate in a hands-on event to celebrate Black History Month. 770-528-2320.