Celebrate Black History Month at the Library

By Leann Rich January 30, 2020

A Celebration of Black History Through Stories
 - Join us as we celebrate African and African-American culture with folktales presented by storyteller Donna Willingham from the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers. Learn the history of "Black History Month" and the important role of storytelling that is just as relevant today as in ancient times. All ages welcome. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Large groups: please call in advance at 330-744-8636 and ask for the Reader's Services Department. For children of all ages.
Main Library, 10 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 19


Black History Month Bookmark Decoration - To celebrate Black History Month, come to the library and color a bookmark to take home. Show your completed bookmark to a library staff member to be entered into a drawing for a prize. For children of all ages.  
Boardman Library, Library Hours, February
Greenford Library, Library Hours, February  
Springfield Library, Library Hours, February


Celebrating Black History Month with Art - Learn about artist Alma Thomas and make beautiful artwork inspired by her own. For children of all ages. Holiday program.
Austintown Library, Library Hours, February    
Michael Kusalaba Library, Library Hours, February  


Contributions and Achievements of Local Black History Makers - Many Local Black Ohioans contributed some everyday inventions to our communities. Come participate in a PowerPoint presentation and discussion about local Black History. Light refreshments will be served. For adults and teens.
Newport Library, 6 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 19

Milestone Negro Spirituals Through the Civil War - In honor of Black History Month, Hilliard Greene presents Milestone Negro Spirituals: “When Folksongs Bring Freedom.” This performance/workshop in words and music brings to light the significance and beauty of the remarkable songs associated with the Underground Railroad. The featured music is based on the coded Negro spirituals that runaway slaves used to elude capture. Selections will include: “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Wade in The Water,” “Deep River,” “Go Down, Moses,” “Michael, Row De Boat Ashore,” and “I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray.” For the entire family.
Main Library, 3:30 p.m. on, Fri., Feb. 7


“Decoding the Past” Black History Month Contest - Show what you know about Black History Month by answering historical questions and decoding a secret word. A winner will be selected from the correct entries to receive a prize.  For all ages.
Canfield Library, Library Hours, February  
Sebring Library, Library Hours, February  
Tri-Lakes Library, Library Hours, February


Friends of PLYMC East Committee Black History Event - Special presentation by Frederick E. Smith, Civil War Reenactor of Ohio 5th USCT.  Black-eyed peas, sweet potato pie and sweet tea will be served.  The East Committee of the Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County encourages families to attend.

East Library, 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 15