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.

Author Robert Jacobus will visit four HCPL branches during African American History Month to discuss his book Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, The Veer Offense and the Game of the Century.

Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library
Houston Cougars in the 1960s
Fri. February 5, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.

Evelyn Meador Branch Library
Houston Cougars in the 1960s
Tue, Feb. 9, 7 - 8:45 pm.

Parker Williams Branch Library
Houston Cougars in the 1960s
Wed, Feb. 17. 6:30 - 8 pm.

Crosby Branch Library
Jazzy Storytime - We will read This Jazz Man and Bring on the Beat followed by a jazz-inspired craft
Tue. Feb 2. 10:30 - 11 am.
Preschool-age children's program.

Fairbanks Branch Library
Celebrating African American Folklore - a special African American History Month storytime.
Tue. Feb. 2. 10:30 - 11 am.

La Porte Community Library
Harvest Shaker Craft - Create your own traditional African instrument.
Wed. Feb. 3. 3:15 pm.
School-age children's program

North Channel Branch Library
Djembe Drums Craft - make your own traditional African rhythm instrument to take home.
Mon. Feb 8. 6 - 7 pm.
Children's program

Kingwood Branch Library
Wednesdays in Mississippi: Proper Ladies Working for Radical Change - Learn more about the only civil rights project organized by women, for women. Program presented by UH professor, Debbie Z. Harwell.
Sat. Feb. 13. 10:30 - 11:30 am.
All ages program

Spring Branch Memorial Library
Kouman Ke'Le' African Dance & Drum Ensemble - join us for a high-energy program of traditional and contemporary African dance.
Sat. Feb 13. 12 - 12:30 pm.
All ages program

Parker Williams Branch Library
Puppet Pizzazz presents African Tales
Mon. Feb. 15, 4 - 4:45 pm.
All ages program

Fairbanks Branch Library
Book Discussion: Hellhound on his Trail: The Electrifying Account of the Largest Manhunt in American History by Hampton Sides
Mon. Feb. 15. 7 - 8:30 pm.
Adult program

Northwest Branch Library
Inspirational Book Club - Discuss Neta Jackson's Come to the Table.
Thu. Feb. 18. 2 - 3 pm.
Adult program.

South Houston Branch Library
African American History Month Craft: Red Light, Green Light - Join us in celebrating the inventor of the traffic light: Garrett Morgan
Thu. Feb. 18. 4:30 pm.
Children's program (ages 4 - 12).

Stratford Branch Library
Art Speaks - children will create their own artwork inspired by the art and words of great African Americans.
Thu. Feb 18. 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Children's program

Barbara Bush Branch Library
Teen Mancala - Come play this traditional African game and take home your own decorated Mancala board.
Thu. Feb. 18. 5 - 6:30 pm.
Teen program

Jacinto City Branch Library
Family Soul Food Potluck Luncheon - bring your favorite soul food dish and enjoy great company, music and fun.
Sat. Feb. 20. 12:30 - 2 pm.
All ages program

Kingwood Branch Library
Potato Chip Tasting in honor of its inventor, George Crum
Tue. Feb. 23. 4:30 - 5:30 pm.
Teen/tween program

Katherine Tyra Branch Library @ Bear Creek
Invention Convention - Join us as we spotlight the accomplishments of African American inventors and explore the invention and design process.
Wed. Feb. 24. 4:30 - 5:15 pm.
Children/tween program

Aldine Branch Library
Soul Food Potluck - Soul food isn't just great food. It has cultural and historical significance. Come learn more and enjoy poetry, food and music.
Wed. Feb. 24. 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
All ages program

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Timeless Travellers: Trip to the Buffalo Soldier Museum - join the Friends of Maud Marks Library and Harris County Precinct 3 Transportation for a free trip to Houston's National Buffalo Soldier's Museum, including a reenactment of Trooper Tyrrell D. Biggs' story of his rise from a childhood enslaved on a Louisiana plantation to his exploits in the famed 10th Cavalry.
Thu. Feb. 25. 12 - 5 pm.
Senior adult program

Galena Park Branch Library
African American History Month Craft: Red Light, Green Light - Join us in celebrating the inventor of the traffic light: Garrett Morgan
Thu. Feb 25. 4 pm.
School-age children's program

Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library
African American History Celebration - a variety of craft activities celebrating groundbreaking African Americans
Thu. Feb 25. 4:30 - 5:30 pm.
Children's program, 5 - 12 years

Barbara Bush Branch Library
African American Read In - local African American authors, Klein High School drama students reading from black authors' work, storytelling for young ones, and refreshments
Sat. Feb 27. 1 - 3 pm.
All ages program