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Enjoy our virtual programs for all ages or pick up a grab and go kit from a library location listed below. Check back soon for additional programs.


Hip Hop Art Exhibit—“17: The Revolution Will Be Visualized”

This exhibit featuring a group of visual artists from around the U.S. can be seen at Central Library (89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica) through Black History Month. Here's a look at the exhibit.

Celebrating Black Women on Kahoot!

In honor of Black History Month, take this quiz and get introduced to 10 remarkable women. Learn how they stood out from the crowd and celebrate their lives and accomplishments. You can learn on your own or compete against your friends to see who scores the highest. To participate, visit or download the Kahoot! App, and enter Game PIN 04562798. You can also use this link. Happy learning!

Black History Month: Grab & Go Celebration

Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

Throughout the month of February, the Children's Library Discovery Center will have grab and go kits and small tokens of appreciation. Come in and celebrate. First come, first serve. While supplies last.

Quilting for School Age Grab & Go Craft

Forest HIlls, 108-19 71 Avenue

Some historians believe that quilts were used to communicate on the Underground Railroad, and many Black artists have been inspired by them to make quilts that tell stories. This grab & go kit will allow you to create your own story quilt using construction paper, scissors, glue, and any other materials you choose!

Celebrating Black Inventors Early Learning Grab & Go Craft

Forest HIlls, 108-19 71 Avenue

Learn about colors and traffic safety while honoring Garrett Morgan, who invented the traffic light. Recommended for children 2 to 5.

North Hills Grab & Go Craft

North Hills, 57-04 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck

Families are invited to pick up a Grab and Go bag for their child at the North Hills Branch.

Live Talk from Queens with Ralph McDaniels

Tuesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 3pm

Join QPL Hip Hop Coordinator Ralph McDaniels and his special guests for a Black History Month edition of Live Talk from Queens! Tune in on our Instagram account,
February 1: How Health & Wellness Affect Black History with Poet Amirah
February 8: Health & Wellness Talk with Vivid Health LLC Founder Al Adams
February 15: Coming Soon
February 22: Coming Soon

To Endure and Transcend: The Blues and Songs of the Spirit

Wednesday, February 2, 6pm

Singer, songwriter and master lap-style guitarist Pat Wictor will introduce the blues, which emerged in rural and urban African American communities around the turn of the 20th century. It is more than a musical form. It is music that, like its close cousin gospel music, acknowledges the struggle of life and invites us to persevere and overcome. In this concert, Pat will present songs influenced by blues and gospel traditions, and songs on the broader themes of enduring and transcending. Please join us at

Interview with Dr. Betty Carrington, Pioneering African American Nurse-Midwife

Wednesday, February 2, 7:15pm

Betty Jane Edna Watts Carrington, Certified Nurse Midwife and Educator at Harlem Hospital Center, is recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in maternal newborn healthcare. During a powerful interview with Andrew “Sekou” Jackson, Professor of Black Studies at York College, member of the Board of Trustees at the Queens Public Library, and former Executive Director of Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, Dr Carrington will discuss access to and the importance of healthcare for communities of color through highlights of her career in nurse-midwifery, the history of granny midwives, and the challenges and achievements she experienced in her journey. Watch live on our Facebook page,, or YouTube channel,

Steel Pan: From Countryside to Cityside (Walk) By Jahlani Roberts

This presentation will focus on the birth and growth of the Steelpan Movement in Brooklyn. Learn about the legends and pioneers who brought the instrument and culture to New York, as well as the leaders and aficionados who lead the charge today. The program will be presented in two parts:
Thursday, February 3, 2pm
Join us:
Meeting # code: 2346 907 0432 Password: 0203
Thursday, February 10, 2pm
Join us:
Meeting # code: 2335 821 6024 Password: 0210


Thursday, February 3, 3:30pm

How much do you know about black history? Come test your knowledge and learn about black history! Ages 9+ are welcome. Password: Learn

Queens Memory Cookbook

Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24, 3:30pm

A family’s story can be told through the recipes they pass down from one generation to the next. Join us for any and all sessions in this delicious story-sharing series with the Life Story Club. Each week, we will explore a different way that our memories are simmered, baked, and pickled into our favorite foods. Meet other Queens residents with ancestors from around the world and learn about the traditions and recipes important to them. At the end of our series, we will publish a collection of all the recipes shared by participants.
Join us:
February 3rd: What are some recipes you have that were passed down from a loved one?
February 10th: What is your version of comfort food or soul food?
February 17th: What are some of your go-to recipes for parties or celebrations?
February 24th: What is a recipe you have perfected (or made your own) over the years?

Literary Thursdays: Racism, Not Race: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, February 3, 4pm

Join us as we welcome Joseph L. Graves, Jr. and Alan H. Goodman and their latest book Racism, Not Race: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Graves and Goodman provide persuasive and timely answers to key questions about race and racism at a time when people of all backgrounds are striving for social justice. "Racism, Not Race" shows readers why antiracist principles are both just and backed by sound science. Join here:

Teen 3D Design Club 

Thursday, February 3, 6pm

Teens 13 and up: Get comfortable with 3D design using the TinkerCAD software. Each week Ms. Ilana, the teen librarian at Flushing Library, presents challenges and tutorials demonstrating 3D design. This month, learn about two Black architects and how to recreate one of the buildings they designed. A few minutes before the scheduled start time, please join us at the link provided and enter password: architect. 

Chef Shenarri "Greens" Freeman, Plant-based cooking

Thursday, February 3, 6pm

Shenarri Freeman (NYC) is the Executive Chef at Cadence, a vegan southern soul food restaurant in East Village, a neighborhood in New York City. Freeman is a graduate of the Institution of Culinary Education where she studied a plant forward program: Health-Supportive Culinary Arts. She is a holistic researcher, and a health and wellness advocate as well as a professional in this field for the past 7 years. She has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Vogue, Esquire and more. Chef Shenarri will be making a leek potato soup and going over a few easy at home remedies, herbs, and supplements to help boost your immune system.
Participant Link:
Webinar number: 2343 898 1887
Webinar password: 7EMuJTvTN26 (73685888 from phones)
Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll; Access code: 234 389 81887

Keeping Jazz Alive: Ella, The First Lady of Song

Thursday, February 3, 6pm

Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) is one of the few artists known by just their first name, and her warm and happy sound is still heard around the world. We’ll hear many of her classic recordings with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong as well as her signature tune “A Tisket-A Tasket.” Join Loren Schoenberg, founding director and senior scholar of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, who performed with Fitzgerald, for a swinging session. Join us:, Call in: 1-408-418-9388, Access Code: 2343 006 7794. This program is made possible by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.

Bilingual Kreyol Storytime with Urban Stages

Fridays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 11am

Welcome to a storytime in your language! Urban Stages's amazing artist is excited to bring you this great Haitian Kreyol bilingual storytime experience in honor of Black History Month. These programs consist of songs, stories, rhymes, puppets, crafts, and more, designed to introduce the youngest children to the love of reading! Watch on our Facebook page:

Art History Lecture Series with Art Historian Mary Dono

Friday, February 4, 2pm

Learn about seven Black Artists for Black History Month: Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, Horace Pippin, Laura Wheeler Waring, Augusta Savage, Simmie Knox & James van Der Zee.
Join here:

Dance Party with Tati-B

Friday, February 4, 7pm

Join iconic choreographer Tati-B and friends for a Hip Hop Dance Party with fun facts on the history of Hip Hop Dance. Hosted by Ralph McDaniels. Watch on our Facebook page:

Black Girl Magic Workshop: "My Hair and All Its Glory"

Saturday, February 5, 10am

A discussion about black hair and its magic! Teens will talk about the beauty of black hair and about challenging American beauty standards. Guest hairstylists/influencers will be invited into “the room” to discuss Black hair care and trends while teenagers and young adults lead a conversation about hair positivity.
Join here:
Password: Magic

Ralph McDaniels' All Vinyl 45s Hip Hop and Soul Brunch

Saturdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 1pm

Join QPL Hip Hop Coordinator Ralph McDaniels for his Instagram Live all-vinyl DJ sets of hip hop, soul, funk, and old-school favorites, every Saturday! Tune in live on our Instagram page,

Bohio Music and Riva Nyri Precil Perform Haitian Fusion Music
Selebre Mwa Istwa Nwa: Bohio Music ak Riva Nyri Precil ap prezante yon pèfomans misik fizion Ayisyen

Saturday, February 5, 3:30pm

Riva and Monvelyno, who were born and raised in Haiti, began collaborating musically five years ago, and together they created their band Bohio Music, which fuses traditional Haitian tunes, jazz, and Afro rhythms. Watch on our Facebook page:
Selebre Mwa Istwa Nwa: Bohio Music akonpanye Riva Nyri Precil nan yon fizion misik tradisyonèl Ayisyen melange ak dyaz e rit Afriken. Vin pran plezi nan misik fisyon Ayisyen avek Riva ak Monvelyno, tou lè de ki fèt e leve an Ayiti, e kòmanse kolabore nan mizik 5 ane de sa, epi ansanm yo te kreye bann "Bohio Music" ki melange misik tradisyonèl Ayisyen, ak dyaz ak rit Afriken. 

Virtual Guided Meditation

Mondays, February 7, 14, 28, 11am

This is a virtual program led by Jill Ackiron Moses. Join us for this series of guided meditation classes. Through the use of introductory meditation techniques, guided imagery, and exercises, we will create an accessible practice. Each session will explore breathwork techniques, methods for stress reduction, and ways to connect with your inner wisdom. All levels are welcome. This is a virtual event on Webex. Join here:

Sixth Regiment United States Colored Infantry, Who Fought in the Civil War

Monday, February 7, 3pm

Algernon Ward, President of The 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops Reenactors, tells the untold stories of African-American soldiers in the American Civil War. In addition to a glimpse into the daily camp life of a black soldier, he will discuss who they were, why they enlisted, the battles they fought, and what happened to them after the war. This presentation provides fertile soil for the study of the four centuries of military history of America's Black Warriors. Attend here:

Prince Guetjens Performs Haitian Music

Monday, February 7, 5pm

Haitian musician Prince Guetjens performs Haitian vodou music, Troubadour music, and songs about segregation. The basis of Guetjens' work is the vodou music which was played in Haitian clubs in the mid-1940s with "Jazz des Jeunes," after the Rejete campaign of persecution against Haitian culture and tradition organized by the Catholic Church and the local bourgeoisie. Prince Guetjens's music creates a link between Haitian culture and Western culture. Please join us at

On the Ropes: A Tale of the ‘60s” with Novelist Neil J. Smith

Tuesday, February 8, 7pm

Join author Neil J. Smith as he discusses his latest novel, "On The Ropes: A Tale Of The ‘60s." This book tells the story of Percival Jones, a young African-American boxer whose life is forever changed by personal tragedy and the turmoil of the 1960's. Neil J. Smith started boxing at the age of twelve, and went on to win various amateur awards over the next twelve years, most notably becoming the All Army Champion. He then organized for various civil rights groups, the 5th Avenue Peace Parade Committee, and finally The Black Panther Party. Neil later studied creative writing, literature, and poetry at NYU with William Packard, author, editor, professor, and founder of the prestigious New York Quarterly, where Neil was vice president for fifteen years. He now lives upstate with his spouse, where he continues to write. Watch live on our Facebook page,

Dr. Ebony Butler, "Stop the Stigma: Mental Health and the Black Community"

Wednesday, February 9, 12pm

Lunch and learn about mental health in the Black Community.
Join here:
Webinar number: 2333 007 9821
Webinar password: yjTZqzBD237 (95897923 from phones)
Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 233 300 79821

Documentary Screening: The Lessons of Hayti

Wednesday, February 9, 7pm

As told by prominent historians, scholars, former Hayti residents, and a survivor of the Tulsa Riots of 1921, “The Lessons of Hayti ” details a history of Black success in America, which wielded massive political power in the former Confederate States, all within 50 years of the end of slavery. It also examines the demise of these historic Black communities over the last 100 years due to both racial violence and political backstabbing triggered by pivotal historic events including the landmark case “Plessy vs. Ferguson” in 1898, the end of of World War 1 in 1918, and the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. Join the discussion with award-winning documentary filmmaker/producer Byron C. Hunter. Join us:

What Was Never Discussed: A Panel Discussion on Generational Healing

Thursday, February 10, 6pm

This program will be an integrated blend of self-directed and practitioner-led conversations around addressing healthy and therapeutic generational healing techniques. Participants will be able to hear from culturally competent, African American Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Relationship Coach Delena Zimmerman, and Board Certified Licensed Psychotherapist and Multidisciplinary Artist Cashel Campbell, along with other panelist guests. Join here:
Webinar number: 2340 769 9662
Webinar password: Healing2022 (43254642 from phones)
Join by phone +1-408-418-9388
Access code: 234 076 99662

Keeping Jazz Alive: Sharif Kales Night of Jazz

Thursday, February 10, 6pm

The Sharif Kales Quartet brings the jazz club to you in this tribute to legendary jazz musicians who lived in Queens, like Dizzy, Billie, and Coltrane. They will perform Dizzy Gillespie’s “Woody-n-you” and Billie Holiday’s “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” but with a modern feel to them. Also included will be John Coltrane’s “Moment’s Notice,” works of today’s new jazz artists like bassist Christian McBride and his composition “Shades of the Cedar Tree,” along with Kenny Garrett’s “Sing a Song of Songs,” and some original works by Sharif Kales. Watch live on our Facebook page,

Black Girl Magic Workshop: Storytime/Reading for Young Children

Saturday, February 12, 3pm

We will be reading Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison and I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley. These stories will affirm Black girls and share the beautiful things they feel about Black culture. Audience members can share their favorite parts of each book, discuss or comment on Black girls.
Join here:
Password: Magic

Annual Langston Hughes Day Celebration

Saturday, February 12, 3pm

The Black Spectrum Theatre special presentation of the film "Soup" - "Soup" is an educational film that follows the lives of two middle school teenagers who are torn between street life and the classroom. Filmed in Queens during the summer of 2018, the film features actors from Black Spectrum Theatre.
Here is the link to register:

Beat the Blues Concerts present BeBop and More

Monday, February 14, 7pm

Bebop did for jazz what Einstein did for physics. The Tivon Pennicott Quintet presents selections by some of its prime movers - Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Tadd Dameron - with a fresh twist sure to captivate audiences.  Watch live on our Facebook page,

You Are Enough, Discovering Your Unique Energy Signature

Tuesday, February 15, 8pm

Take charge of your life, and your physical and mental wellbeing with this mass empowerment event. You'll learn how to:

  • Wake Up Your Passion, Purpose, and Inspiration.
  • Find reassurance and inspiration - even in times of uncertainty and confusion.
  • Overcome Anxiety & Stress - even when you can't get your mind to stop thinking.
  • 5 Keys to Confidence, Dedication, and Focus - so you can get more done in less time.
  • Discover Your Authentic Power.
  • Define your life, on your terms (not what anyone else expects of you!).

Learn a special 12-Minute Morning Ritual that Lizzo, Beyoncé, and even Kobe Bryant claimed as their "Secret to Success." The most successful people in the world use this easy mindfulness practice. You'll learn every step in this virtual event.
Attendee link:
password: Unique

Dr. Naika Apeakorang, Cultivating Social & Emotional Wellness with Holistic Tools

Wednesday, February 16, 12pm

Join Naturopathic Practitioner, Herbalist and Acupuncturist Dr. Naika for a wellness workshop centered on navigating pandemic stress and isolation. We will discuss how mental, emotional, and physical stress manifests in the body, and how science-backed lifestyle interventions and holistic tools can support you and your loved ones through this time. We will explore meditation tools, mindfulness techniques, herbs, and lifestyle tips that will help you to feel more balanced.
Join link:
Event number: 2334 755 8933
Event password: y2kTcf6TJJ2 (92582368 from phones)
Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 
Access code: 233 475 58933

Paper Weaving: Basket

Wednesday, February 16, 3:30pm

Ages: 6-10. Materials Needed: 2 - 4A Paper, Scissors, Pencils, Glue and Ruler.
Join here: Password: paper

Virtual Chair Yoga

Thursday, February 17, 11am

Certified yoga instructor Jill Ackiron-Moses will lead us through a series of yoga poses that can be done in your chair! We will explore both seated and standing poses using the chair. Modifications and variations will be offered. Join here:

Songs of Freedom

Thursday, February 17, 6pm

Pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr collaborates with vocalist April May and trumpeter Randall Haywood (also known as S.O.A.R.) for a concert of jazz, gospel, and blues featuring selections like Eddie Harris’ "Freedom Jazz Dance," Billy Taylor’s "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free," Aretha Franklin’s "Think,” "Freedom Day" by Max Roach and many more. Watch on our Facebook page,

Teen 3D Design Club 

Thursday, February 17, 6pm

Teens 13 and up: Get comfortable with 3D design using the TinkerCAD software. Each week Ms. Ilana, the teen librarian at Flushing Library, presents challenges and tutorials demonstrating 3D design. This month, learn about two Black architects and how to recreate one of the buildings they designed. A few minutes before the scheduled start time, please join us at the link provided and enter password: architect.

Sixth Regiment United States Colored Infantry, Who Fought in the Civil War

Friday, February 18, 7pm

Algernon Ward, President of The 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops Reenactors, tells the untold stories of African-American soldiers in the American Civil War. In addition to a glimpse into the daily camp life of a black soldier, he will discuss who they were, why they enlisted, the battles they fought, and what happened to them after the war. This presentation provides fertile soil for the study of the four centuries of military history of America's Black Warriors. Attend here:

Black Girl Magic Workshop: Black Families, Schools and Advocating for My Child

Saturday, February 19, 10am

Families and participants of all ages are welcome to join a conversation about NYC public schools and Black families. Public school teachers and Department of Education (DOE) Central leaders will join the call to speak about the NYC/Queens educational experience serving Black children. A panel will engage public school teachers, public school students and allies.
Join here:
Password: Magic

A Tribute to Sidney Portier

Tuesday, February 22, 2pm

This is a teleconferenced discussion group. A tribute to Sidney Portier. Contact Older Adult Services 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

Starting a Family Business

Tuesday, February 22, 3pm

Join us for a candid conversation on the importance of creating wealth through entrepreneurship. Guest Jade Duncan is the Co-Owner & COO of The Nourish Spot, which is a local Queens Black-owned business she owns with her mother and brother. Jade will share her insights on building a sustainable business with family members. Join us:

Your Health, Your Wealth: Health Insurance & Care Options for New Yorkers

Wednesday, February 23, 10am

Join us for a discussion about key health insurance and health care options for New Yorkers. Participants will learn about how their health is wealth! This presentation from the Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access (OCHIA), will cover Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, Qualified Health Plans, Medicaid Excess Income, Medicaid Buy in for Working People with Disabilities, Medicare Savings Programs, and Emergency Medicaid. Watch live on our Facebook page,, and on our YouTube channel,

Bringing Together Black and Asian Communities

Wednesday, February 23, 12pm

Join us for a conversation on difficult issues facing Black and Asian communities in today’s world with Dr. Gerald Horne, who holds the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston and Dr. Benjamin Chang, who is the Associate Professor of Equity Education and Affiliate Faculty in International & Global Studies at UNCG.
Please join through the link:
Meeting number: 2348 689 4845
Password: PYxU8kMVC89
Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 234 868 94845

Diversity Paper Cutting 

Wednesday, February 23, 3:30pm

Materials Needed: 2 - A4 Paper, Scissors, Glue and Crayons. Join here: Password: paper

Public Reading of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Wednesday, February 23, 7pm
Thursday, February 24, 7pm

In celebration of the incomparable Toni Morrison’s body of work, join Nikole Hannah-Jones, Angela Davis and other black women writers, some of the most influential voices of our time, for a public reading of Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye. Join here:
This event is made possible by Literacy Partners, and Queens Public Library is one of the co-sponsors.

The World According to Fannie Davis, by Bridgette M. Davis 

Thursday, February 24, 6pm

Bridgett M. Davis' memoir, The World According to Fannie Davis, is at its heart a story of underground economies in the Black community, and Black female entrepreneurship. It tells the true story of Davis’ mother, a woman who “made a way of no way” by launching an underground lottery business known as "the Numbers" and running it successfully for three decades while creating a middle class life for her family.
In a fireside chat, Davis will be in conversation with Jacquette M. Timmons to discuss the tradition of creative financial strategies employed by African Americans. Ms. Timmons is a financial behaviorist, author, speaker, media personality slightly obsessed with getting you to embrace the idea that financial success isn’t just about the dollars and cents. She is President, CEO of Sterling Investment Management, Inc. Join here:

Black History Month Celebration 

Friday, February 25, 4pm

Join the Indigo Arts Dance and Drum Ensemble for a celebratory program! In this interactive performance for Black History Month, participants will learn fun dance steps, hear traditional folktales, try their hands at percussion, and get a front row seat to performances from top NYC dancers. Something for everyone! (all ages). Please join us at or

Paint & Sip - A Blast from the Past 90's Edition!

Friday, February 25, 6pm

Black History Month Paint & Sip - A Blast from the Past 90's Edition! Is a fun interactive evening of canvas art painting, poem and affirmation sharing, and 90's Black TV and Pop Culture trivia. For the sip, we will be showing you some famous African American inspired "Mocktails", especially curated for this fun and social event. This is a QPL grab and go kit virtual program. Space is limited. You must pre-register and pick up the grab and go kit from the Central Library Teen Space to attend. Pick up is from 12pm to 7pm on Thursday, February 24 and 12pm to 5pm on Friday, February 25.

Money Management Workshop for Kids

Saturday, February 26, 10am

Young people will learn the importance of having financial freedom. They will learn the difference between wealth and income, the importance of saving, how to open a bank account, how to manage a checkbook and exactly how credit works. Join Here

Exploring African American History: Other Side of Wall Street

Saturday, February 26, 3pm

Join Kamau Ware from Black Gotham Experience to celebrate Black History month! Kamau will explore the beginning of a small town known as Land of the Blacks in the Dutch colony of New Netherland. By 1655, it was over twice the size of SoHo today, and it continued to exist after the English took the island from the Dutch, making it the first free Black community in New York.
Join here
Password: history
Join by phone +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 2339 356 6228
Host PIN: 1432

Songs That Brought Us Through: Negro Spirituals

Monday, February 28, 5pm

“Songs That Brought Us Through” is a concert that celebrates and preserves the beauty and legacy of Negro Spirituals, hymns and folk songs while exemplifying their continued relevance through the years and during current times. Through singing, instrumental music and poetic dialogue, June E. Townes & Gospera will show us how this music has helped generations of people cope with and overcome tremendous struggles by providing them with a clever and creative way to recite their history and express their joy, their sorrow, and their hopes and dreams. Please join us at

Film Screening: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

Monday, February 28, 8pm

This musical drama is based on the award-winning memoir by Lynda Blackmon Lowery which tells her inspiring, true story as the youngest person to walk all the way from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in the Voting Rights March in 1965. In King's address to SCLC, he noted "Montgomery led to the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and 1960; Birmingham inspired the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and Selma produced the voting rights legislation of 1965." After the screening, meet author Lynda Blackmon Lowery. Filmed in front of a live audience. Join here: