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8 Feb 2014

The Free Library celebrates Black History Month

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The Free Library of Philadelphia celebrates Black History Month throughout the month of February with programming in our neighborhood libraries. Listed
below are highlights of our Black History Month programming.

For a complete up-to-date listing of more than 40 events, visit

• Black History Resources and Trivia for Tweensand Teens

Monday, February 3 at 4:30 p.m. | Wynnefield Library

From February 3-10, Wynnefield Library will be having a Black History trivia challenge for teens and tweens. Pick up a trivia sheet at the Reference desk,
and turn it in by 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 10. Completed sheets will be entered to win a prize. To pick up some tips and tricks, join Ms. Jessica on
Monday, February 3 at 4:30 p.m. for an overview of some helpful library resources to aid you in your trivia quest.

• Paul Robeson Documentary

Monday, February 3 at 5:30 p.m. | Eastwick Library

Join us for a screening of a documentary on the life and times of Paul Robeson. This is the story of an African American singer and actor who became
involved in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s and examines his life as a scholar, athlete, humanitarian, artist, among other things.

• Black Memorabilia Exhibition

Tuesday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m. | Lucien E. Blackwell/West Philadelphia Regional Library

West Philadelphia resident and local collector, Gina Blyther Gilliam, will bring items from her extensive collection of African American artifacts and
collectibles. Learn about the historical context and significance of various items. Explore the role that common everyday items may have had in influencing
perceptions and reinforcing stereotypes.

• Comic Book STARS Workshop

Monday, February 10 at 4:30 p.m. | Eastwick Library

Join us for a workshop by skilled comic book artists from the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (EBACC). This program will engage children and
teens through a variety of exercises using comic books, worksheets and activities including interactive reading, writing, drawing, and using positive
images and imagery to illustrate comics as a fun and exciting way to be creative.

• Jen Bryant | A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

Thursday, February 13 at 10:30 a.m. | Parkway Central Library

The Central Children’s Department will be having author Jen Bryant for a presentation on her book A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin in the
Montgomery Auditorium. Space is limited! School groups, please call 215-686-5369 to register.

• Family Story time with American Girl Addy

Thursday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. | Wadsworth Library

Join Librarian Chris Brown for an interactive storytime with songs and activities featuring American Girl Addy! Thanks to the generosity of The Junior
League of Philadelphia, Addy will be available for weekly check-outs from this location beginning on March 3, 2014. An additional program will occur on
February 27 at 4:00 p.m. when children will be introduced to Addy and her story, and will participate in activities that children from Addy’s era would
have done for fun.

• Inventors Showcase: African American Inventors and Their Inventions

Thursday, February 20 at 4:30 p.m. | Overbrook Park Library

Join us for an Inventor Showcase where school-age children will visit various stations in the library to learn more about African American inventors and
their inventions and answer related trivia questions.


• Eda Ne Kakati (From the Past to the Present)

Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m | Parkway Central Library, Montgomery Auditorium

Come on a journey to Uganda through dance, song, music, costumes, stories, and games as part of this Sundays on Stage presentation made possible by the
Philadelphia City Institute Board of Managers.

• Take Part in the 2014 National African American Read-In

Tuesday, February 25 at 4:30 p.m. | Haddington Library

Join us as we come together to share children’s books written by African American authors. Children, parents, and caregivers are invited to participate by
reading aloud from selected books. For more information, contact the children’s librarian, Frank Bonifante at 215-685-1970.

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