Celebrate Black History Month with HCPL

Black History Month Logo - Photos courtesy Library of Congress via Flickr CommonsThis February, Harris County Public Library will celebrate Black History Month with a slate of programs and events that is as dynamic and diverse as Texas’ African American communities themselves. Programs range from live music, spoken word and film to special storytimes for the kids and crafts inspired by African and African American traditions for all ages.

On February 4, you are invited to explore the history of Congo Square, the legendary birthplace of the New Orleans Sound. This special event features artists JAWAD and Joseph Dixon of Young Audiences of Houston who will bring music, art, period instruments, and a great knowledge of New Orleans’ musical traditions to North Channel Branch Library.

On February 9, Cy-Fair College Branch Library will present a special screening of the NAACP Image Award-nominated documentary, Thunder Soul. The film, produced and narrated by Jamie Foxx, will be followed by a Q&A with, and performance by, its stars: Houston’s famed and funky Kashmere High School Reunion Stage Band.

For complete listings of Harris County Public Library’s Black History Month events, visit the Events Calendar.

North Channel Branch Library
Saturday February 4  2:00 PM
Congo Square: Black History Month Kickoff. Young Audiences of Houston presents this program featuring music, art, period instruments, and lots of audience interaction. (See this program again: February 9, 6:30 PM at Clear Lake City County Freeman Branch Library).

Barbara Bush @ Cypress Creek Branch Library
Saturday February 4  3:00 – 5:00 PM
African American Read-In: Hear local authors, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Callie Holley, Bonnie Hopkins, Nakia Laushaul, Jacquetta Smith, and Dr. Cherrye Vasquez read and discuss their work. There will be activities for all ages and a performance of “Freedom Spoken Here: The Life of Phillis Wheatley” featuring performer Jean Donatto. A reception and book signing will follow. (Books may be purchased from the authors on site).

Aldine Branch Library
Monday February 6  11:00 – 11:45 AM
Harriet Tubman: From Slavery to Freedom: This historical reenactment depicts episodes from the life and work of this courageous woman.

Evelyn Meador Branch Library
Tuesday February 7  6:30 – 7:15 PM
Story Theater with Tracey Wheat: In this program that is as entertaining as it is educational, storyteller Tracey Wheat will perform African American folktales featuring animals who act a lot like some people you may know.

Katherine Tyra Branch Library @ Bear Creek
Thursday February 9  10:30 – 11:30 AM
Harlem Renaissance Party. A program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers with fun crafts, songs, stories.

Cy-Fair College Branch Library 
Thursday  February 9  6:30 – 9:00 PM
Thunder Soul Screening: The film, Thunder Soul, will be followed by a Q & A and live performance by the film’s stars, The Kashmere High School Reunion Stage Band.

Atascocita Branch Library
Wednesday February 15  4:30 – 5:45 PM
Andinkra Cloth Craft: Teens will learn about this fascinating art form from Ghana and the Côte d’Ivoire and then make their own to take home.

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Thursday February 16  1:00 – 2:00 PM
Jazz & Poetry: Jazz Education Inc celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the nation’s culture through music and spoken word performances

Northwest Branch Library
Saturday February 18  3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Puppet Pizzazz African Folktales: Puppeteer Greg Ruhe will perform stories with his spectacular array of puppets inspired by his recent journey to Africa.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library
Monday February 20  6:00 PM
Freedom Quilts: In this program for all ages, participants will learn about the quilts used by the Underground Railroad and create a replica quilt on poster board.

High Meadows Branch Library
Tuesday February 21  3:00 – 5:00 PM
Celebrate the birthday of jazz giant, Nina Simone and create a special Mardi Gras craft to take home.