Cobb County libraries are presenting a variety of free events for all ages in honor of Black History Month. The special programs include lectures, music and songs, crafts for kids and families, movies, adult book discussions and games highlighting prominent and lesser known stories in our nation’s history. Upcoming events at Cobb libraries in February include:
- A Dramatic L’Ouverture: Africans, Americans and the Haitian Revolution
Switzer Library; 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7
The program by Dr. Seneca Vaught, Kennesaw State University associate professor of history and interdisciplinary studies, will highlight themes of the Haitian Revolution and what the revolt came to represent for Africans, African Americans and the African Diaspora. For more information, call 770-528-2320.
- African American Authors and Illustrators is the topic for Family Fun Time
East Cobb Library; 3:30-4:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8
The weekly Wednesday afternoon program – which can include books, activities, a craft and more – is for families and children of all ages. For more information, call 770-509-2730.
- Book Chat discussion group
Kemp Memorial Library; 1-2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9
The selection in honor of Black History Month is "God Help the Child" by Toni Morrison. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 770-528-2527.
- Black History Month at the Movies
Switzer Library; 3 p.m., Saturday afternoons
Featuring "Selma" (2014) on Feb. 11 and "Pride" (2007) on Feb. 25. Both movie screenings start at 3 pm. For more information, call 770-528-2331.
- African American Author Book Discussion meeting
Stratton Library; 7-8 p.m., Monday, Feb.13
The book is “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala. “Just Mercy” focuses on his experience as a lawyer working to help those desperately in need of compassion in the justice system of America. For more information, call 770-528-2522.
- Black History Month Crafternoon
Kennesaw Library; 3-4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16
Drop in any time for the fun and creative craft activity for all ages. All materials will be provided. For more information, call 770-528-2529.
- Black History Month: Family Bingo
East Cobb Library; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16
Families with children of all ages are invited to play a special version of Bingo featuring influential African Americans and historical events. For more information, call 770-509-2730.
- Dr. Oral Moses presents The Story of the Negro Spiritual
South Cobb Regional Library; 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18
Kennesaw State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Oral Moses – Singer, Lecturer, Voice Teacher – will give a special presentation on how the Negro Spiritual arose from music used during the slave trade as Africans were moved from West Africa to slave markets in North America. He will also give an overview of the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers and their significance in beginning the tradition of presenting these simple, poignant melodies to audiences throughout the world. For more information, call 678-398-5828.
- Black History Month – Celebrating Two Famous African-American Inventors
South Cobb Regional Library; 2:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18
The program for ages 5 through 12 will feature potato chip inventor George Crum and traffic light creator Garrett Morgan. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call 678-398-5828.
- Celebrate Black History Month: Family STEM!
West Cobb Regional Library; 3:30-4:45 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18
Bring the whole family for STEM activities inspired by African American inventors. For more information, call 770-528-4699.
- Winter Break Fun: Black History Month Bingo!
West Cobb Regional Library; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22
Learn about influential people and historical events while playing a special version of Bingo. Recommended for children ages preschool and up. For more information, call 770-528-4699.
- Winter Break Kids Create: Celebrate Black History Month!
West Cobb Regional Library; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23
Make an art project with Miss Linda! All materials provided. All ages, but younger children may need the assistance of their caregiver. For more information, call 770-528-4699.
- Black Inventors – The Long Journey for Recognition, a lecture by Lawrence P. King
South Cobb Regional Library; 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25
The discussion will focus on black inventors, such as George Washington Carver and Dr. Percy L. Julian and the long process to secure their recognition and induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Since 1970, King has promoted greater access to science and engineering education for underrepresented minorities nationally. For more information, call 678-398-5828.
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