African American History Month

Name that Book Read Aloud – The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton February 14th @ 5 PM [8+]

     Continuing on the Pasadena ISD Name That Book List, we will be reading Chris Barton’s The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch.

     This book focuses on the life of John Roy Lynch, a former slave who sought out education after being emancipated and took the opportunities of life all the way to the United States Congress. Please join us in the Library Community Room at 5 PM on February 14th at the Parker Williams Library to get a head start or just listen to this great story.

Discover African American History @ HCPL

Some history we all know by heart. Those stories bring us together. They give us our common past, and show us how to change things to make a better future. There are also countless other stories waiting for you to discover them. This February, for African American History Month, we challenge you to search for those undiscovered stories and to find unsung African American heroes.

Like all explorers, you will need a little inspiration and maybe a little push to get you started, So we will have lots of African American History Month programs, special reading lists and more to spark your curiosity.

Adult & Technology Services This February!


Adults - Check out what all Adult & Technology Services has planned this February at your library! Click on the following link to download your own copy.

Book Hunters in Brief #110: African American History Month 2016

This week, Book Hunters in Brief presents some great books for teen and tween readers in celebration of African American History Month.

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Juba! by Walter Dean Myers

African American History Month @ Your Library

February is African American History Month and all of Harris County Public Library's twenty-six branches have programs planned. There will be African dance performances, arts and crafts programs for all ages inspired by traditional African art as well as the work of contemporary African American artists. There will be the annual African American Read-In featuring local black authors and readings by Klein High School drama students. UH professor Debbie Z. Harwell will give a talk on Wednesdays in Mississippi, a little-known civil rights project led by women for women. We'll host special storytimes for young ones and book discussions for adults.

In short, we invite you to help us celebrate the wide range of influences that African Americans have had on the nation's culture and history with a wide range of programs and special events. Below is a sampling of what we have in store.

NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict, the previously announced visit by author Robert Jacobus to Aldine Branch Library will not take place. His other appearances at Freeman, Evelyn Meador and Parker Williams branches will go on as scheduled. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Celebrate African American History Month in Stanzas and Song


A poet’s connection to history is often palpable, whether they are speaking directly to the past or reaching out to us Lucille Clifton Plaque, "For Cornelia" from some bygone era. Within American poetry, there is a rich tradition of African American voices speaking to both their personal histories and the larger historical narratives that have shaped their lives. A reader could explore African American history this month through the voices of Jazz Poetry, the Harlem Renaissance, or the Black Arts Movement, some of whom you’ll find on this list. I’ve added a couple newcomers and names that might be a little less familiar, too. Plus, there’s Tupac. All the makings of a good jumping off point to celebrate African American history this February. 

African American History in Audio

Citizens Creek


Here are some good choices:

Citizens Creek, by Lalita Tademy (CD)

Book Hunters in Brief #59: African American History Month

This week, Book Hunters encourage you to read about some lesser known African Americans who have nonetheless spurred big changes in the world.

Celebrate African American History Month @ HCPL

Harris County Public Library invites you and the whole family to celebrate the contributions made by African Americans to this nation's history and culture. All month long, HCPL branches will present events ranging from genealogy workshops and programs highlighting African Americans in science to crafts and storytimes, as well as musical and dramatic performances. Please join us!

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