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Celebrate Black History Month

Posted on February 1st, 2015 by admin in General

black is 2015 coverOne of the ways the Boston Public Library celebrates Black History Month each February is through the annual publishing of the Black Is booklist, a list of  recent books concerning the African American experience. The list is compiled by a committee of BPL librarians across the system and is organized into the following categories: historical fiction, international, urban, nonfiction, expressions, history and contemporary issues, and fiction. Authors include Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Toni Braxton, Oprah Winfrey, and more. Copies of the booklist are available at all Boston Public Library locations across the city.

The BPL also honors Black History Month through a variety of themed programming, including film series and presentations. Highlights include:

  • Film Series: The West End and Lower Mills branches host a Black History Month Film Series on Wednesdays and select Fridays in February.
  • Panel Discussion: Erica DeSimone and Fidel Louis facilitate conversation about their book Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century on Tuesday, February 10, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library.
  • Photo Presentation: Boston-based photojournalist Don West discusses his book Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership, a collection of photographs and profiles on 127 African-American leaders. Thursday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch.

To view dates, times, and more information on these and additional programs, please visit the library’s calendar.

February Youth Programs

Posted on February 12th, 2014 by admin in General

A flurry of programs will take place at the Central Library and branches throughout school vacation week. Many of the offerings are in commemoration and celebration of Black History Month. Highlights include:

  • Celebrating Black History with Music. Boston musician Bill Lowe connects audiences with Black History Month through music throughout February.Desktop70 For children ages 6-12.
  • The Skin on My Chin: Diversity Workshop for Children. Michelle Chalmers reads from her rhyming picture book The Skin on My Chin, which explores diversity, ancestry, and conversation about skin. Children ages 6 and up learn about the sun and the diverse beauty of humanity, followed by a craft. Ms. Chalmers travels to nearly a dozen branches this month.
  • Winter Olympics Competitions: Play as your chosen country in various Winter Olympic Wii events during the week at 3 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, February 18, at 3 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch. Prizes will be awarded on Friday to the countries (players) with the most medals. The Uphams Corner Branch will test your speed and skill on Friday, February 14, at 2 p.m. in the following events: bean bag toss, hula hooping, paper plane flying, book search, and frisbee throw. Prizes will be awarded to all participants.

For the complete list of programs at the Central Library and branches, visit