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Celebrate Black History Month with the Arlington Public Library

Black History Month
Author
Steven McQuay
Article Date
January 19, 2024

This February, join the Arlington Public Library in celebrating Black culture and contributions, past, present, and future. Check out our programs to commemorate Black History Month!

Learn more about Black History Month in our Library on Topic article.

Black History Month Young Adult Book Recommendations

Black History Month: Music 'n Motion Storytime

Every Thursday in February, 10:30 - 11 a.m., Southwest Branch

Laugh, dance, listen, and sing! Enjoy this energetic storytime with your little one where we will explore music, rhymes, storytelling, fine-motor fingerplays and gross-motor movement. For ages 1-4. In honor of Black History Month, we will explore the music of Ella Jenkins, the First Lady of Children's Music.

Black History Month: Famous Black Heroes Scavenger Hunt

Monday, February 5 - Saturday, February 10, Southwest Branch

Come learn about history's famous black heroes in this fun scavenger hunt during Black History Month! This event is free and open to the public and will be available during open hours at the Southwest Branch.

Black History Month: Lego Free Play

Wednesday, February 7 & 21, 4 - 5:30 p.m., Ron Wright Lake Arlington Branch

Join us after school for fun, imagination, and creativity. In the month of February, we will be building inventions created by Black inventors.

Space is limited. First come, first served. Blocks must be returned when finished. This is a come and go program for ages 5-11.

Black History Month: Little Explorers

Friday, February 16, 10 a.m. - noon, George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Stop by The Play Room for a special morning of play-based learning focused on important figures and history in honor of Black History Month. Designed for ages 1-4.

Embroidery for Beginners: Black History Month Inspirational Patches

Saturday, February 17, 3 - 5 p.m., George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Learn the basics of the embroidery machine! Materials will be provided. This class is limited to the first 5 in attendance and is appropriate for ages 13+.

Black History Month: Celebrating Black Superheroes

Tuesday, February 20, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Celebrate Black History Month by learning about the history of Black superheroes, participate in some comic book trivia and crafts, and talk about your favorite Black superheroes with other fans!

This program is for teens, ages 13-17, and will be held in the Young Adult Area of the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library. 

Black History Month: Genius Hour

Thursday, February 22, 4 - 5 p.m., George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Come join us for a special afternoon of fun and educational activities focusing on important figures for Black History Month. This program is sure to exercise your brain. For children, ages 5 -12.

Black History Month: Family Storytime

Friday, February 23, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Southeast Branch

Join our fabulous Library staff to sing, read, and wiggle during this special Black History Month-themed storytime. This storytime is for ages 2-5. We will read books, sing songs, and have an activity after the program.

Black History Month Artist Reception: An Evening of Art & Jazz

Saturday, February 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Enjoy a cultivated evening of culture by perusing a stunning artist gallery showcasing local Black artists. Live jazz, light bites, and beautiful artistry will fill the library during this night of class and elegance. Cocktail attire requested. Registration required. This is an adults-only program. 

Black History Month: Family Storytime

Monday, February 26, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Ron Wright Lake Arlington Branch

Join our fabulous Library staff as we explore Black History through stories, rhymes, songs, and more. Storytime is both a thoughtful and fun way to encourage children’s love of books. It will also set them into motion as future budding readers! 

This program is developmentally appropriate for ages 2-4. To help all the children get the most out of their experience, we encourage you to listen, sing, and wiggle along with your little ones.

Want to learn more about what the Library's doing for Black History Month? Check out our webpage. 

Northeast Branch Updates:
Starting Monday, December 4, 2023, the Northeast Branch will be temporarily closed for HVAC renovations. Click here for more information.