Top Five Ways to Celebrate Black History Month with Broward County Libraries Division
  
This year's event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington
  
DATE: January 23, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
EMAIL:
cmcelrath@browardlibrary.org
PHONE: 954-357-7402

During February, the United States celebrates Black History Month, a time to reflect on the past or plan for the future. This year, Broward County Libraries will honor Black History Month with activities, lectures, film and children’s activities – all of them free and open to the public.

The themes of this year's Black History Month are commemorating the 150th anniversary the Emancipation Proclamation and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This march turned into one of the largest political rallies in United States history and brought together thousands of people from all walks of life. This month, celebrate black history and these momentous events with Broward County Libraries.

Top Five Ways to Celebrate Black History Month at Broward County Libraries

  1. Listen to a free concert such as a musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (February 16; South Regional/Broward College Library)
  2.  Watch a free Black History Month movie (see listings below).
  3. Browse our catalog to find great reads for Black History Month from writers such as Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, among others.
  4. Take time to listen to Black History Month storytellers (see listings below) and be transported to another time and place.
  5. Visit the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLC) to view unique items in their collection. Get a preview by downloading Broward County Library’s free eBook, Top 100 Artifacts: The Special Collections of Broward County Library or take a self-guided online tour of AARLCC.

Black History Month Events, Exhibits and Displays at Broward County Libraries
February 2, 9, 16, 23 – Responding to Slavery: A Cinematic Exploration, from noon to 3 p.m., Miramar Branch Library and Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025 (954-357-8090)
February 2 – Haitian Storytelling with Lucrece Louinis, from 2 to 3 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477)
February 2 – Sixth Annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival, from 2 to 5 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 (954-201-8825)
February 4 – African-American Read-in, ages 6-12, from 5 to 5:30 p.m., Carver Ranches Library, 4735 S. W. 18 St., West Park, FL 33023 (954-357-6245)
February 5 – Cinema Presentation of Lady Sings the Blues starring Diana Ross, from 2 to 4 p.m., Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, 3403 Galt Ocean Mile Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 (954-357-7840)
February 6 – Preschool Story Time,  from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library, 6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale, FL 33068 (954-357-6660)
February 6 – Sharkey's Storytime: Positively Africa!  Dance and sing along with musical duo Positively Africa, ages 3-5, with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477)
February 7 – Kente Wind Dancers, ages 6-12,  from 2 to 3 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 (954-201-8825)
February 7 – Children’s Black History Month Early Release Day Celebration, from 2 to 4 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library, 6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale, FL 33068 (954-357-6660)
February 9 – Youth Chess Tournament – Black History Month Edition, ages 6-19,  from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space limited; registration required: 954-357-6580, Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, FL (954-357-6580) 
February 12 – Cynthia Strachan Sanders, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tyrone Bryant Library, 2230 N.W. 21 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 (954-357-8210)
February 6 – Teen Hour: Celebrating Black History Month. Enjoy a feature film and chill in the Teen Room, ages 13-18, 5 to 7 p.m. Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477)
February 16 – African-American Tales by nationally acclaimed storyteller Tamara Green, all ages, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Davie/Cooper City Library, 4600 S.W. 82 Ave., 33328 (954-357-6399) 
February 16 – Black History Film, from noon to 1 p.m., Miramar Branch Library and Education Center, 50 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025 (954-357-8090)
February 16 – Stories from Black History from nationally acclaimed storyteller Tamara Green, ages 6-19, from 1 to 2 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center , 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 (954-357-6282)
February 16 – Culture in the Pines – A Musical Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, from 2 to 4 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 (954-201-8825)
February 16 – African-American Tales by nationally acclaimed storyteller Tamara Green, all ages, from 3 to 4 p.m., Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library, 1 Park Ave. East, Dania Beach, FL 333004 (954-357-7073) 
February 18 – Sounds and Rhythms of Africa, from 6 to 7 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9th Ct., Pompano Beach, FL 33069 (954-357-7670)
February 19 – Black History Month Celebration: Kids and Tweens Literary Adventure with book talk, reading aloud and craft, ages 6-11, from 5 to 5:45 p.m., Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33020 (954-357-7760) 
February 20 – Preschool Story Time, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library, 6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale, FL 33068 (954-357-6660)
February 20 – Sharkey's Storytime: Fables and Folktales! Celebrate Black History Month with tales from Africa, ages 3-5, with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477)
February 20 – Book Discussion, from 1 to 2 p.m., Pembroke Pines Library, 955 N.W. 129 Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 (954-357-6750) 
February 20 – Foreign Film Series and Discussion with Shelly Isaacs: An African Film, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066 (954-201-2600) 
February 20 – Story Tech for Tweens: Celebrate African Heritage, ages 8-11, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Space Limited; preregister beginning Feb. 6: 954-720-2282, Tamarac Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33351 (954-765-1500) 
February 20 – Artist Lecture Series, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066 (954-201-2600) 
February 21 – Blues Preschool: Stories and Blue Music, ages 3-5, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Imperial Point Library, 5985 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 (954-357-6530)  
February 23 – Sonny and Perley Sing Ella Fitzgerald, 2 to 3 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065 (954-357-7990) 
February 24 – Jazz in the Gallery: Celebrate Black History Month with a performance by the Broward College Jazz Combo including classic songs from the "golden age" of jazz, registration required, adults, 2 to 3 p.m. Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477)
February 25 – Super Monday Readings with local author Geoffrey Philips, all ages, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library, 6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale, FL 33068 (954-357-6660)
February 25 – African Folk Tale, 6:30 to 7 p.m., Pembroke Pines Library, 955 N.W. 129 Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 (954-357-6750) 
February 27 – Wednesday Movie, 1 to 3 p.m., Pembroke Pines Library, 955 N.W. 129 Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 (954-357-6750) 
February 27 – Sonny and Perley perform “In a Mellow Tone,” the music of Duke Ellington, 2 to 3 p.m., West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL (954-382-5860)

Displays and Exhibits
Art:
Black History Art on Loan from the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, North Regional/Broward College Library; 10th Annual African Presence Exhibit - Benin: A Kingdom in Bronze, Nova Southeastern Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Technology Center; Paintings by David Muir, South Regional/Broward College Library. Book Displays: Imperial Point Library, Miramar Library and Education Center; Pembroke Pines Library; Stirling Road Library. Exhibits: Northwest Regional

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