The Free Library of Philadelphia is really enjoying the Black History Month celebrations. We look forward to the extensive programming in many of its neighborhood libraries, from story times for children to trivia games for teens and film screenings for adults throughout the rest of February.
In addition to programming, the Free Library is also pleased to offer a curated collection of Black History Month-related streaming movies, music, TV shows, and audiobooks through its unique Hoopla digital media service. Hoopla is a digital platform that offers streaming movies, TV, music, and audiobooks for your PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone—like Netflix for libraries. With their Free Library card number and PIN, customers will find a wide selection of current, popular titles to enjoy for free on Hoopla. And because content is streamed, rather than downloaded, there are no waiting lists, no holds, and of course, no late fees!
Listed below are highlights of our system-wide Black History Month programming. For a complete up-to-date listing of all ongoing and upcoming events, visit freelibrary.org/blackhistorymonth.
Healthy Soul Food for Teens
Saturdays, February 7, 14, and 21 at 12:00p.m.
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Cree Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Teens are invited to join us for a series of Soul Food cooking workshops presented by ServSafe Certified Food Specialist Keisha Prosser.
Black History Teen Trivia Contest Week: How much do you know about Black History?
Monday – Friday, February 9 – 13, all day
Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th Street
How much do you know about Black History? Test your knowledge skills with our librarians! Complete a special trivia sheet and turn it in for a cool prize. This program is for teens ages 12-18.
Film Screening: 42
Wednesday, February 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Avenue
Join the Wynnefield Library for a screening of 42. The biographical film follows baseball legend Jackie Robinson as he breaks the color line and becomes the first African American player to play in Major League Baseball, debuting as first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
I Am Not My Hair
Saturday, February 28 at 2:30 p.m.
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd Street
Join us for a presentation by Shirley Randleman, founder of the Philadelphia Beauty Showcase National Historical Museum. This program will reflect upon several local pioneers of the beauty industry (barbers and beauticians who impacted hair care in Philadelphia) and a discussion on the present state of the African American hair care industry.