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Join us virtually for concerts, coding classes, crafts, historical presentations, storytelling, and more.

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Beat the Blues Concerts presents Blues, Gospel, and Jazz

Monday, February 1, 7pm

The Lafayette Harris Jr. Trio presents a program of selections that reflect Black America’s contributions to American history and the iconic people that paved the way and left their mark on history, such as Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Dr. King, and more. Lafayette Harris, Jr. has performed and recorded with Houston Person, Archie Shepp, and the Duke Ellington Legacy Orchestra, among others. Watch live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC

Haitian Music, Dance, and Storytelling

Tuesday, February 2, 6pm 

Lavi Miyò is a collaborative dance, music, and visual arts project that employs storytelling and Haitian traditional music, dance, and oral history. Founded in 2016, Kriyol Dance! Collective (KDC) is a group of artist-leaders working together, on one platform, using dance, music, and spoken word to create original work focused on the preservation of Black diasporic culture and Haitian culture. Watch on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC/live_videos/

Steel Pan - The Sound of the African Diaspora 

Wednesday, February 3, 2pm 

This program is dedicated to Mary E. Shaw. Jahlani Roberts will tell the story of how an oppressed society managed to liberate itself and advance a cultural movement with the accidental invention of the steel pan (steel drum).  Join us for this amazing story of the handcrafted drum: https://queenslib.org/3iKCp4m

Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer and Mathematician - Part One

Thursday, February 4, 5pm 

In this four-part Black History Month series, we will celebrate the life and work of Benjamin Banneker by exploring contemporary technologies inspired by his inventions and contributions to mathematics and astronomy. Among other activities, participants will make their own animated representation of the solar system in Python. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3pn3Nbg Password: almanac

Black Health and Healing Summit

Friday, February 5-Saturday, February 6 

Queens Public Library and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association host this 24-hour virtual event that will pair entertainment with critical health information and strategies on healing from home. This summit spotlights top medical experts and entertainers.  Virtual panels, lectures, and interactive workshops will leave you with the inspiration, support, and knowledge to make immediate health improvements! Visit blackhealth.queenslibrary.org for more information and to register.

Black History Month Celebrates "Anansi, Aesop, and Friends" with Alexair Dreams Storytelling

Friday, February 5, 4pm 

Are you ready to hear some hilarious stories about tricksters and clever animals? Enjoy entertaining stories about Anansi the spider, Aesop's fables, and other African tales. There will be lots of singing, dancing, and storytelling as we celebrate African heritage! Watch live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC

DIY:  Learn to Sew For Beginners: Shoo-fly Quilt Block 

Monday, February 8, 10am

Geraldine Hazel instructs this sewing class to learn a quilting design used as a secret code in the Underground Railroad.  To follow along, you will need  ½ yard each of 100% cotton fabric in two colors, bobbins, cotton thread, two scissors, ruler, pencil or chalk, pins, iron, universal sewing needles, seam ripper.  In the next lesson we will use this block to make a pillow. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3prhzJJ

Code for a Cause

Monday, February 8, 3:15pm 

Take your coding skills up a level with Mr. Ortiz, teen librarian at Flushing. Each week will be a different demonstration on how to use basic coding skills to learn about history and make a positive change for the future. This week: Code a Langston Hughes poem. A few minutes before the scheduled start time, please join us at https://queenslib.org/3pOhsYy and enter password: JanCode.

FYI: The Visionary Genius of Frederick Douglass

Tuesday, February 9, 4pm

Frederick Douglass was a visionary—a prophet who could see a better future that lay just beyond reach. His talents were nothing short of extraordinary and he put his exceptional gifts to use in the service of freedom, driving American slavery into the grave.  Join us as Professor Richard Bell explores this many-sided man’s life, family, and career, and consider his impact upon our modern struggle to advance the cause of black freedom in the United States. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3phY9XM

Paper Weaving Basket

Wednesday, February 10, 3:15pm 

Ages 6-10, learn about the importance of baskets in African-American culture and make a basket by paper weaving with Ms. Shiu-hwa, Children's Librarian at Flushing. Materials needed: 8x11 paper in two colors, scissors, ruler, and glue. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3qpWdwm

Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer and Mathematician - Part Two

Thursday, February 11, 5pm 

In this four-part Black History Month series, we will celebrate the life and work of Benjamin Banneker by exploring contemporary technologies inspired by his inventions and contributions to mathematics and astronomy. Among other activities, participants will make their own animated representation of the solar system in Python. Join here: https://queenslib.org/36fka2a, Password: almanac

Concert of Classical Vocal Music with Jonathan R. Green 

Saturday, February 13, 3pm 

Join us in celebrating African American contributions to our nation's rich cultural history. Program includes operatic favorites such as Toreador's Song from the opera Carmen by Bizet and beloved spirituals Steal Away; Deep River; Amazing Grace and many more. Jonathan R. Green is an American Verdi Baritone originally from Chicago who now resides in NY. Watch live on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC/live_videos/

FYI...Why We Can’t Forget: The History of Medical Racism

Tuesday, February 16, 4pm

Andrew 'Sekou' Jackson, Professor, Black Studies, York College (CUNY) explores the history of the African American experience with science and its continued impact on our decisions even today. Join here: https://queenslib.org/2YofvGL

Social Justice in the Work Of Eisa Davis

Wednesday, February 17, 3pm

Award-winning playwright, actor, and singer-songwriter Eisa Davis reads excerpts and discusses her work: the play "Warriors Don't Cry," a verbatim adaptation of the memoir by Little Rock Nine member Melba Pattillo Beals, and her stage memoir "Angela's Mixtape" to illustrate how movements for social justice play a crucial role in her creative process. Join here: https://queenslib.org/2Mq4Sk8

Black History Month Trivia 

Thursday, February 18, 12pm 

Come and join us for a virtual trivia game for Black History Month. Click the link below to join! https://queenslib.org/3ok4vEL

Keeping Jazz Alive presents Antoine Roney and Kojo Roney

Thursday, February 18, 1pm 

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Antoine Roney and his son, drum prodigy Kojo Roney, excite the jazz scene with their interpretive prowess.  Antoine has worked with jazz greats Donald Byrd and Freddie Hubbard; Kojo has shared the stage with the likes of Buster Williams and Chick Correa, to name a few. Watch live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC. This program is made possible by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. 

Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer and Mathematician - Part Three

Thursday, February 18, 5pm 

In this four-part Black History Month series, we will celebrate the life and work of Benjamin Banneker by exploring contemporary technologies inspired by his inventions and contributions to mathematics and astronomy. Among other activities, participants will make their own animated representation of the solar system in Python. Join here: https://queenslib.org/2MpyZba, Password: almanac

QPL at Night Presents Virtual Game Night: Black History Month Trivia

Thursday, February 18, 7pm

QPL @ Night celebrates Black History Month! Join us for this virtual black history trivia covering everything from movies to sports, music, literature, politics, Black pop culture, and more. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/qplnight-presents-black-history-month-trivia-tickets-140444797169.

Black History Month Story & Craft: Music

Friday, February 19, 3:15pm 

Join Ms. Jeanne, Youth Services Manager at Flushing, to explore Black History Month in story and a craft using paper, scissors, glue, and crayons. This is for ages 4-7. Come prepared! Join us at https://queenslib.org/3tcNMqK

The Rhythms of Our Roots with Urban Stages

Friday, February 19, 4pm 

Youth and families, join Abou on a rhythmic journey from Africa to the US! Listen to the patterns and beats that have moved around the world and been passed down through the generations, and then get a chance to try them yourselves. By the end of this workshop, the whole family will be able to drum along using common household objects as your instruments. Watch live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC.  

Culture Connection Black History Celebration with Jazz Luminaries Vuyo Sotashe & Alphonso Horne

Friday, February 19, 7pm 

Watch live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC

Artist Talk and Panel Discussion

Saturday, February 20, 2pm

This is an artist talk with Sophia Dawson about her work that is currently exhibited at Langston Hughes Library, and her work as a whole. It will be followed by a panel and Q&A with the artist and family members of political prisoners: Ksisay Sadiki, Dequi Kioni Sadiki, and Yasmeen Majid. Register at http://tinyurl.com/bhmtalk1
This program is hosted by the Library Action Committee and discretionary funds from Council Member Francisco Moya.

Code for a Cause

Monday, February 22, 3:15pm 

Take your coding skills up a level with Mr. Ortiz, teen librarian at Flushing. Each week will be a different demonstration on how to use basic coding skills to learn about history and make a positive change for the future. This week: Color a mosaic. A few minutes before the scheduled start time, please join us at https://queenslib.org/3nlgfWU and enter password: JanCode.

Maria Varela, Photographer for SNCC

Monday, February 22, 5pm

Photographer Maria Varela is an organizer, educator, writer, and photographer who worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963-1967. Maria shares her journey as a field worker for SNCC and the use of her photographs by SNCC to enhance black pride and draw national attention to the inequities and conditions of African Americans living in the South. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3t3VlzW

Beat the Blues Concerts Presents a Soulful Evening of Black Music History

Monday, February 22, 7pm

The Lafayette Harris Jr. Trio celebrates the music of such icons as James Brown, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, the O'Jays, Marvin Gaye, and more. The ensemble includes Lafayette Harris Jr. (piano), Calvin Jones (bass guitar) and Jason Patterson (drums). Watch live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC.

Storytime with NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

Tuesday, February 23, 11am 

Celebrate Black History Month with a special storytime with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. Watch live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC

Driving While Black with Professor Gretchen Sorin

Tuesday, February 23, 4pm

The automobile had a revolutionary impact on the African American experience. However, the road was not as open and carefree for post-war African Americans as white car owners. In her book Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights Gretchen Sorin recovers a forgotten history of black motorists and the travel guides that kept them safe. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3auAPjd or call 1-408-418-9388 Event number: 179 980 9616 Event password: 0223

Black Entertainment Trivia for Teens

Tuesday, February 23, 5pm

Who is the godfather of soul? If you know that answer, join us as we play Jeopardy testing our knowledge of Black entertainment history. Invite your friends; the more the merrier. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3ar576v

When Art Speaks....Comic Book Artistry of Alitha Martinez 

Wednesday, February 24, 3pm 

Alitha Martinez is one of the leading women of color in comics today whose works have appeared in Iron Man, X-men, Black Sun, Marvel Age Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and Voltron.  Join the conversation and find out more about her life as an artist, her creative process and how she forged a new look of the black woman with Omni. Join here: https://queenslib.org/2YsSTEQ 

Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer and Mathematician - Part Four 

Thursday, February 25, 5pm 

In this four-part Black History Month series, we will celebrate the life and work of Benjamin Banneker by exploring contemporary technologies inspired by his inventions and contributions to mathematics and astronomy. Among other activities, participants will make their own animated representation of the solar system in Python. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3a5EYKz, Password: almanac

Black History Month Story & Craft: Art

Friday, February 26, 3:15pm 

Join Ms. Jeanne, Youth Services Manager at Flushing, to explore Black History Month in story and a craft using paper, scissors, glue, and crayons. This is for ages 4-7. Come prepared! Join us at https://queenslib.org/3a6wenu

Story Songs from the African Diaspora

Friday, February 26, 4pm 

What stories do we learn from music? French-Haitian musician Anaïs Maviel explores this question in this children’s program as she performs traditional songs from the African diaspora with voice, drums, and n'goni, a West African string instrument. Then she leads a Circle Singing workshop where participants are invited to share in improvisatory, call-and-response style singing. Learn about the idea of diaspora communities and have some fun singing along!  Watch live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC.

Culture Connection:  An Evening with Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Edwidge Danticat

Friday, February 26, 7pm 

Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker, Create Dangerously, Claire of the Sea Light, and Everything Inside. Her memoir Brother, I'm Dying was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography.  Watch live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC.  

Artist Talk and Panel Discussion

Saturday, February 27, 2pm

This is a brief artist talk with Sophia Dawson about her work currently exhibited at Langston Hughes Library. It will be followed by a panel discussion with the artist and released political prisoners Sekou Odinga, Herman Bell, Zolo Azania and members of the MOVE organization. Register at http://tinyurl.com/bhmtalk2
This program is hosted by the Library Action Committee and discretionary funds from Council Member Francisco Moya.