Visit a library location near you during February for storytelling, author visits, music, genealogy and more!

Annapolis

Museum On the Move

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 1:00pm

Prepare to be wowed as you participate in interactive activities exploring the lives of famous African American Marylanders, and African-American history, culture, art, and STEM with museum educators from the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Registration opens Monday, February 4 2019. Please call (410) 222-1750 to register.

 

Broadneck

Inspiring Stories of African American Women in Anne Arundel County

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:30pm

A panel will showcase the positive impact African American women have had on our community with accounts of their journeys as role models. A reception will follow the event.

 

Brooklyn Park

Movies: Marshall & Mr. Civil Rights

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:30pm

A two part series on Thurgood Marshall. February 5th: The movie Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman. "The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases." February 19th: The documentary "Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP".

 

Deep River: Songs of an Enslaved People

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

Experience a moving tribute to the legacy of Slave music, commonly known as Negro Spirituals, narrated and performed by Washington National Opera tenor Wayne Jennings and violinist Alexander Strachan.

 

Movies: Marshall & Mr. Civil Rights

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:30pm

A two part series on Thurgood Marshall. February 5th: The movie Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman. "The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases." February 19th: The documentary "Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP".

 

Crofton

Succotash Tales

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 2:00pm

Explore the richness of African American stories and traditions with storyteller Diane Macklin.

 

Deale

African Beats

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:00am

Tap your feet to jazz while listening to a story about musicians from the past. Children will handle musical instruments and decorate a jazz instrument with water color paint.

 

Discoveries: The Library At The Mall

Among the Stars

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 2:00pm

Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, was also an engineer and physician. Learn about her life and what propelled her into orbit!

 

Jazzy Storytime

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:30am

Celebrate the rich culture of Jazz music with stories, songs and a fun craft!

 

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 11:00am

The nonfiction account of the life of Cudjo Lewis, a man who was kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in America after slavery was outlawed.

 

Eastport-Annapolis Neck

The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jack Johnson was the first African American to be named World Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1908. This collection of poems, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, tells his story. A National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Event, in partnership with the Chesapeake Children’s Museum. 

 

Deep River: Songs of an Enslaved People

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Experience a moving tribute to the legacy of Negro Spirituals, narrated and performed by Washington National Opera tenor Wayne Jennings and violinist Alexander Strachan.

 

Edgewater

Bates: Center for Excellence - Memories of Bates' Teachers

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

A documentary created by the Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley Foundation, "Bates: Center for Excellence - Memories of Bates' Teachers" tells the stories of 15 former teachers from Wiley H. Bates High School, the only high school for African Americans in Anne Arundel County until 1966. Please call to register at 410.222.1538.

 

Jazz Music in Film, Animation, TV & Video Games!

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Have fun singing along to popular jazz themed music from classic cartoons, cinema, animated movies and video games of the past and present! In this 1-hour, interactive workshop, participants will visit the “Coloring station,” “Name that tune,” and race against the music to finish our “Floor-sized Matching Game.”

 

Glen Burnie

Jazz music in Film, Animation, TV & Video Games!

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 2:00pm

Have fun singing along to popular jazz themed music from classic cartoons, cinema, animated movies and video games of the past and present! In this 1-hour, interactive workshop, participants will visit the “Coloring station,” “Name that tune,” and race against the music to finish our “Floor-sized Matching Game.”  

 

Linthicum

Researching African American Families at the Maryland State Archives

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

Ryan Cox, Research Archivist at the Maryland State Archives, will lead a discussion about the vast resources and documents available at the archives for those looking to research their Maryland roots.

 

Maryland City at Russett

Magnificent Folks, Animals, and Other Such Tales

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 2:00pm

Applaud the great accomplishments of those with paws, fins, feet, or wings. Storyteller Diane Macklin highlights teamwork and the best tool for solving problems – the brain! (Folktales with Spanish terms available).

 

Preserve your Family History

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:00pm

Ms. Elinor Thompson, a leading genealogist, historian, and local author, will be here to teach you how to preserve your family history and create a family history book for your next family reunion.

 

Mountain Road

Harriet Tubman UGRR Visitor Center: Past, Present, and Future

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 12:00pm

Learn about the design, concept, partnerships, challenges, and success of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center during a virtual tour presented by Park Manager Dana Paterra.

 

It’s More Than a Month: Black History through Documentary - Whose Streets: An Unflinching Look at the Ferguson Uprising

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 10:00am

“Whose Streets: An Unflinching Look at the Ferguson Uprising” (2017, R, 102 min.)  A Sundance Film Festival nominated documentary analyzing the Ferguson Uprising from the perspective of those directly involved.

 

It’s More Than a Month: Black History through Documentary - Ken Burns: The Central Park Five

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:00am

“Ken Burns: The Central Park Five” (2012, NR, 120 min.)  The story of five Black and Latino teenagers wrongfully accused and convicted of a heinous crime that took place in Central Park in 1989.

 

It’s More Than a Month: Black History through Documentary - Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 10:00am

“Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song” (2002, NR, 58 min.)  One of Billie Holiday’s most famous songs, “Strange Fruit” addresses and protests the horrors of lynchings in America. This documentary tells the tale of how the song was written, recorded, and how it has maintained relevancy for the last 80 years.

 

Adult Book Club - The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jack Johnson was the first African American to be named World Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1908. This collection of poems, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, tells his story. A National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Event, in partnership with the Chesapeake Children’s Museum. 

 

It’s More Than a Month: Black History through Documentary - Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 10:00am

“Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” (2013, NR, 77 min.) The story of Anita Hill and her testimony against Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas for sexual harassment while in his employ.

 

Odenton

From Jazz to Hip-Hop

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 6:00pm

Explore the origins and evolution of popular music forms that originated in the African American community. The social and cultural changes that impacted each genre’s development will be discussed. We will revisit the songs and artists who remain timeless influences.

 

Salute to Black Inventors

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 2:00pm

Discover African Americans whose inventions have changed the world! Explore antiques that commemorate black inventors, then join Chesapeake Children's Museum to create your own invention.

 

Riviera Beach

African Folktales and Crafts

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:00am

Travel to Kunta Kinte’s childhood homeland! Take part in Anansi Stories, traditional folk tales from West Africa. Make a Kufi hat and shake your shekere!

 

Severn

BESA

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Move your feet to the beat! BESA, which means "Come Dance" in the Akan language of Ghana, is a fun aerobic and cardio workout that uses African dance forms and techniques.

 

Severna Park

African-American History Month Movie: I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:30pm

PG-13, 97 min.