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February is African American History Month and HCPL is celebrating with a variety of exciting events planned at many library branches! Enjoy this sneak peek of happenings across the county that will appeal to library customers of all ages.



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Tommy Terrific: The Tuskegee Airmen

Join us as Tommy Terrific performs a magic show in celebration of Tuskeegee AirmenMagician Tommy Terrific with young friends and Tuskegee Airmen headgear for African American History Month. This entertaining and educational show will engage and entertain kids with magic themed around things that fly, from balloons to planes to rocket ships! Throughout the show, Tommy Terrific will explore the legacy and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airman, who defended our country during World War II.   As the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Tuskegee Airman served with distinction and were vital to the war effort.

Atascocita: Monday, February 7, 4:00 PM

Katy: Tuesday, February 8, 4:30 PM

High Meadows: Wednesday, February 9, 11:00 AM

North Channel: Wednesday, February 9, 4:00 PM

Cy Fair: Thursday, February 10, 10:30 AM

Aldine:  February 10, 4:00 PM



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Da Camera Jazz

Featuring Jalen Baker, vibraphone; with Nils Aardahl on bass and GavinJalen Baker Trio onstage vibraphone, double bass and drums Moolchan on drums. The members of the trio are the first emerging Houston-based jazz musicians to join DA CAMERA’s Young Artist Program, which seeks to encourage musicians to develop the skills necessary to become passionate, forward-thinking and community-focused “citizen artists.” Jalen Baker is a graduate of Kinder HSPVA. He studied at Columbia College Chicago and Florida State University before returning to Houston to compose and perform his unique blend of original modern jazz compositions and standards. Nils Aardahl is a student at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and is an active member of the Houston jazz community. Houston native Gavin Moolchan is an active drummer and artistic collaborator around the region.

High Meadows: Wednesday, February 16, 6:00 PM

Katy: Thursday, February 17, 6:00 PM

Spring Branch: Friday, February 18, 6:30 PM



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Apollo Chamber Players

Apollo Chamber Players and HCPL celebrate Black History Month with aApollo Chamber Players event graphic multidisciplinary program of new music and poetry featuring Outspoken Bean, Houston Poet Laureate, Dr. John Cornelius, Professor of Music at Prairie-View A&M, and Kenneth Gayle, vocalist.

Freeman: Thursday, February 3, 6:00 PM

Tomball: Friday, February 18, 3:00 PM


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Read-in Celebrating African-American Authors at Stratford Branch Library

How many minutes will you read?

All month long, we're celebrating African-American authors. Read any African-American author and turn in the number of minutes read to the front desk. Watch the minutes add up and earn a prize! This is a great activity for readers of all ages!


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African American History Month Movie Matinees at Aldine Branch Library

The Aldine Branch Library is celebrating African American History Month by showing movies that feature African American characters, actors, and/or directors! Come join us in the classroom area of the library at 2pm every Saturday this month. It's free! 

Sat. Feb. 5th: Black Panther

Sat. Feb. 12th: Little

Sat. Feb. 19th: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

Sat. Feb. 26th: Home


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African American History Month Festival at Maud Marks Library

Maud Marks library events are back in a BIG way!  Come celebrate African American History Month in style!  In honor of the 75th anniversary of the song "We Shall Overcome". The theme this year will be the Civil Rights Movement.  Join us as we celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our nation’s culture and the civil rights movement.  The ever popular Jazz Education Inc. will be here to celebrate the historic contribution and achievements of great Americans in music.


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For the Culture: Black TV & Film Trivia Night

Join Parker Williams Library to test your knowledge of Black television and film. From Family Matters to Living Single and Love and Basketball to Moonlight, your wits will be tested to see who will prevail as the champion and get to have bragging rights. To register, sign up with a valid email address online at and register for For the Culture: Black TV & Film Trivia Night. 


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In Celebration of Black History Month: Dr. Mae Jemison Let's Make Rockets

Join Fairbanks Library on Saturday, February 26, at 10:00 am as we celebrate Black History Month with a special Story Time honoring the achievements of Dr. Mae Jemison.  We will be reading Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed and illustrated by Stasia Burrington.  Let's learn about Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut in the NASA space program.  Following our Story Time we will then have some fun making string and straw rockets.  Those who attend will also get a  NASA bracelet and Space Shuttle, while supplies last. This program is for children preschool age and up and their families. 

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