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Celebrate
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
at the Library!

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Join us for Black History Month at Queens Library.
We’ll be screening movies, hosting talks, and presenting concerts to celebrate and commemorate the Black experience in America. Programs are available for children, teens, and adults.

Black History Month Films on Kanopy
In honor of Black History Month, you can stream Kanopy’s in-depth collection of films by and about African Americans for free with your library card. Enjoy powerful documentaries, the work of groundbreaking pioneers, and much more!

View Collection Here Learn More About Kanopy

Upcoming Programs


Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric is a powerful book that will be the subject of five special events for Black History Month  

Art and Poetry in the Struggle Against Racism
Saturday, February 24 @ 2:30pm
Laurelton, 134-26 225 Street
Saturday, March 3 @ 2:30pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

Book Discussion of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Monday, February 26 @ 3pm
Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Avenue

Claudia & Me
Saturday, March 10 @ 2:30pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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Poetry Contest

From February 1 to February 28, children are invited to write a poem on the theme of African-American history. Students from first to fifth grades can participate in this contest.

Now – February 28
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street


Art Lecture: Great Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence

Join us for an interactive art lecture about the era in United States history known as the "Great Migration". “The Migration Series”, a collection of paintings by Jacob Lawrence, will be our visual guide to the experiences of six million African-Americans as they resettle in the North. Registration not required. Families are welcome.  

Friday, February 23 @ 2:30pm
Rochdale Village, 169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica


Educational Games

Play fun educational games and explore historical events and figures. Ages 8-12. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Friday, February 23 @ 4pm
Peninsula
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach


Black History Month Performance

Children will dress up as a famous African American to highlight their accomplishments. Children will also recite sections of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” Speech.

Friday, February 23 @ 4pm
Arverne
312 Beach 54 Street


Poetry Contest for Black History

Kids are invited to write a poem in the theme of African-American history. Students from 1st grade to 5th grade can participate in the contest. It will start from February 1 and end on February 28, 2018.

Saturday, February 24 @ 11am
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street


Black History Celebration

We will celebrate Black History Month together with the community.

Saturday, February 24 @ 12pm
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street


Honoring Black History in Film

Join us on Saturdays during the month of February as we honor Black History through the medium of film. The series will include releases such as Malcom X, Black in Latin America, and Red Tails to more recent titles such as Loving.  Come and spend some time at the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center to just sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie in a peaceful and quiet environment.  Light refreshment may be provided.

Saturday, February 24 @ 12pm
Langston Hughes, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona


Black History Celebration

We will celebrate Black History Month together with the community.

Saturday, February 24 @ 12pm
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street


Saturday Discovery Club African American Explorers

Join us in February for a Saturday Discovery Club series where we learn about the achievements of African-American explorers through strategic games. For children ages 6-12.

Saturday, February 24 @ 2pm
Pomonok
158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing


Alex Simmons Talks Life and BlackJack

Alex Simmons created and wrote the critically acclaimed adventure series, Blackjack, which is about an African-American soldier of fortune in the 1930s. In 2010 he received the Glyph Best Writer Award for his work with Archie & Friends, especially The Cartoon Life of Chuck Clayton (both series for Archie Comics). Join us as he discusses growing up in New York to a single mother and how his childhood led to his illustrious career.  

Saturday, February 24 @ 2pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica


Documentary Screening: Africa’s Great Civilizations

Three-part viewing of the landmark series Africa's Great Civilizations. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. Journey through 2000 years of history, from the origins on the African continent, of art, writing, and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped their own rich civilizations and also the wider world. Registration not required. Light refreshments served.  

Saturday, February 24 @ 3pm
Rochdale Village, 169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica


Art and Poetry in the Struggle Against Racism

Yulia Tikhonova, director of St. John’s Art Gallery, will discuss activist trends in contemporary art and the use of art to illustrate Citizen: An American Lyric. This program is part of the Big Read in partnership with St. John’s University.

Saturday, February 24 @ 2:30pm
Laurelton
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, March 3 @ 2:30pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica


Film Screenings and Documentaries

Come join your nearest library for a movie! All movies are shown free of charge in the meeting room, and everyone is welcome. As some films deal with adult thematic content, parents are urged to exercise judgment as necessary. If you missed them during their theater runs, here is your chance. This month's festival has a focus on Black History movies and documentaries.

Saturday, February 24 @ 2pm
Seaside, 116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park

Monday, February 26 @ 4pm
South Ozone Park, 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard

Monday, February 26 @ 6pm
Cambria Heights, 218-13 Linden Boulevard


Book Discussion of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Join us for a discussion, facilitated by a St. John’s University book discussion leader, of the emotions Claudia Rankine illuminates that come from experiencing and witnessing racism. This program is part of the Big Read in partnership with St. John’s University.

Monday, February 26 @ 3pm
Hollis
202-05 Hillside Avenue


Learn To Play Mancala

Learn to play Mancala at the Hillcrest Library! In honor of Black History Month, learn how to play Mancala and take home your own Mancala game kit to decorate!

Monday, February 26 @ 4:30pm
Hillcrest
187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing


Urban Stages Presents “The Gates of Equality”

This dramatic presentation describes the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through his speeches, press conferences, and fictional narratives.  

Monday, February 26 @ 5pm
East Elmhurst, 95-06 Astoria Boulevard


African American History Jeopardy

All Kids and Teens are welcome to our annual African American History Jeopardy in February 2018. Come hang with your friends while answering fun trivia about African Americans, as well as, general trivia!  

Tuesday, February 27 @ 4pm
Flushing, 41-17 Main Street


Art Workshop

Join artist Audrey Bright-Greene in a hands-on art workshop. Participants will learn about the African American artists Faith Riggold and Jacob Lawrence and their important contributions to our nation's history.

Tuesday, February 27 @ 3pm
Rochdale Village, 169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica

Wednesday, February 28 @ 4pm
Lefrak City, 98-30 57 Avenue, Corona


A Dance Workshop: "A" is for Africa! "D" is for Dance!

Join us for this three session, literacy-based African Dance Workshop Series - with live music! Participants will dance, play instruments, sing, read, write, and recite poetry to learn about and celebrate Africa!

Wednesday, February 28 @ 4pm
South Jamaica
108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica


Claudia & Me

Please join us to hear members of the Queens literary community respond to Claudia Rankine's book Citizen: An American Lyric and discuss the ways racial imageries seep into the unconscious decisions of writers, artists, and citizens. An open mic will follow the presentation – bring your poem to read!

Saturday, March 10 @ 2:30pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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