Celebrate African American History Month With Us!

I love our national holidays that celebrate history and culture. Working at the library, I get the opportunity to plan and participate in programs that teach me more about cultures and to interact with peoples that I wouldn’t get to otherwise. That is why I am so excited that February is African American History Month and you should definitely be too. We have some amazing activities for all ages that will allow you to learn more about African American heritage and history, while having fun at the same time. Here are some of the great activities we have planned:

Wiggle with Words, presented by Jalia Movement Arts- Wednesday, February 6, 11:00 AM

In this introductory workshop, students will explore expression through words they hear through fables, short stories and poems. Young movers will expand their vocabulary and bring words to life through the medium of dance. This program will replace our usual toddler time and be appropriate for pre-K children.

Drum and Strum, presented by JAWAD- Wednesday, February 13, 4:00 PM

Through the use of voice, drum, banjo, and guitar, guitarist JAWAD and African drummer, Joseph Dixon demonstrate two basic elements of music: rhythm and melody. The history and evolution of the drum and stringed instruments are discussed, as well as their contribution to these basic elements. Students learn the true meanings of tone, pitch, rhythm, and melody as they become part of a collective, interactive performance piece. This program is primarily for Tweens and older children.

Speak of Me as I Am: a Celebration of African American Contributions to Shakespeare- Monday, February 18, 11:00 AM

While many African Americans of yesteryear such as Louis Armstrong, Langston Hughes, and Hattie McDaniel are well known for contributions to America's art scene, fewer people know about the great black Shakespearian actors of early America. Figures such as Ira Aldridge, Henrietta Vinton Davis, and Paul Robeson may not be household names, but they enthralled audiences with their truth, dignity, and passion as they embodied characters such as Hamlet, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and Othello. In this one-of-a-kind reading, actors from Main Street Theater's Shakespeare for All program will share historic accounts, stories, and, of course, scenes and speeches from Shakespeare in an interactive, audience-friendly presentation that reminds us that Shakespeare is, indeed, for ALL. This program is primarily for adults and older teens