Celebrate Black History Month at your library

In branches throughout the Palm Beach County Library System they will be offering events that honor the heritage, contributions and achievements of the African American community. Join them for book discussions, musical performances, films, African American genealogical research, and much more. With over 20 events being offered, there will be something for all ages and interests. Black History Month has its national roots in a week-long observation initiated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926, it was expanded into Black History Month by President Ford in 1976, and became Public Law 99-244 in 1986. Sponsored by Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.

Book Discussions

• “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Clarence E. Anthony Branch Library, 375 S.W. Second Ave. in South Bay. For information, call 561-992-8393.

• Black History Month Story Nights – Mary Ross Wilkerson, City of Belle Glade vice mayor, will read aloud and showcase selected storybooks featuring black characters on Tuesday, Feb. 5 and 19, at 6 p.m. at the Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 N.W. Fourth St. in Belle Glade. All ages. For information, call 561-996-3453.

• Mamma Griot & Her Rocking Story Bag! An engaging, joyous celebration of music and the universal bonding that occurs through storytelling and the beauty of diversity on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 N.W. Fourth St. in Belle Glade. Preregister. For information, call 561-996-3453.

• Orisirisi African Folklore presents Moonlight Stories on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. at Loula V. York Branch Library, 525 Bacom Point Road in Pahokee. The Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs and fun-filled audience participation. Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone of all ages. Preregister.

• Arts & Crafts: Black History’s Inventions – In celebrating Black History’s Inventions, the public is invited to come and create your own on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. at the Clarence E. Anthony Branch Library, 375 S.W. Second Ave. in South Bay. The library will provide the materials, and bring your thinking caps! Ages 8 and up. For information, call 561-992-8393.

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