Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Join us for a read-in, a Toledo School for the Arts music concert, the Glass City Black Comix Fest, Poetry Speaks and Open Book with Amanda Lucidon, former White House photographer to First Lady Michelle Obama. 

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH READ-IN

February 1 - March 15, 2018

Read, listen to or watch one or more of our featured titles or any title from our collection of works by African-American authors and complete challenges (four for adults/teens and three for kids) to be entered to win a Kindle tablet and other prizes! Download the challenge form here or pick up a copy and register at any of our locations.

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Get started by taking one of the quizzes below:
Adults / Teens Online Quiz
Kids Online Quiz

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TOLEDO SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS CONCERT

February 1, 2018 - Main Library

Students of the Toledo School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra will perform 19th and 20th century works alongside guest pianist, Michael Peslikis, 3 p.m. Learn more about this program on our blog, Art Students Prepare for Black History Month

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GLASS CITY BLACK COMIX FEST

February 10, 2018 - Main Library

Back by popular demand! Learn how to create comics, use them as an entry-point for reading or incorporate them into the classroom. Talk with the artists, checkout our comics collection and learn more about black comics during this fun and interactive festival. 

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POETRY SPEAKS: AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN

February 14, 2018 - Main Library

Celebrate the beauty and power of African American poetry by reading a short favorite poem or excerpt (not your own, but published), family friendly, and no longer than a 5 minute time slot. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required only to read.

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OPEN BOOK WITH AMANDA LUCIDON

RESCHEDULED: February 28, 2018 - Main Library

Hear a presentation by and see an exhibit of photos of Michelle Obama taken by White House photographer Amanda Lucidon, author of Chasing Light: Michelle Obama at 7 p.m. Can't make it to Open Book? Visit the exhibit Feb. 1 - 28.

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ADULT PROGRAMS:  

Natural Care for African-American Hair
Feb. 26 | 6 p.m. | Holland  

FAMILY PROGRAMS:

Toledo Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club
Feb. 3 | 4 p.m. | Kent
Feb. 13 | 6:30 p.m. |Maumee
Feb. 17 | 4 p.m. | Mott
Feb. 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Main Library  

Lathrop House and Harriet Tubman
RESCHEDULED: Feb. 22 | 4 p.m. | Locke
Feb. 7 | 6:30 p.m. | West Toledo  

African Drumming
Feb. 19 | 5:30 p.m. |South  

Jacquelyn Fowler African Dance Troupe
Feb. 5 | 4 p.m. | Mott
Feb. 12 | 5:30 p.m. | Toledo Heights
Feb. 19 | 5:30 p.m. |King Road
Feb. 26 | 5:30 p.m. |Kent  

Tatum Center Black History Month Program
Feb. 24 | 2 p.m. | Kent  

5th Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry
Feb. 24 | 1 p.m. | Mott
Feb. 24 | 4 p.m. | Kent  

KIDS PROGRAMS:

We Have a Dream Poster
Feb. 16 | 4 p.m. |Children  

Ghanaian Kente Paper Weaving
Feb. 5 – 10 | Library Hours | Oregon
Feb. 14 and 15 | 4 p.m. | Lagrange
Feb. 24 | 2 p.m. | Holland  

North Star Festival – Preschool Storytime
Feb. 22 | 10:30 a.m. |Sanger  

North Star Festival - Instrument Petting Zoo
Feb. 27 | 4:30 p.m. | Kent    

DROP-IN PROGRAMS:

African American Artist Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Feb. 5 - 28| Library Hours | Sanger  

Black History Month Word Search
Feb. 1 – 28 | Library Hours | Point Place  

Celebrate Black History Month
Feb. 1 | Library Hours | Kent  

Celebrate Black History Month
Feb. 1 – 28 |Library Hours | Sanger  

Celebrate Black History Month
Feb. 5 – 10 | Library Hours | Reynolds Corners  

Black History the Changed the World
Feb. 5 – 28 | Library Hours | Heatherdowns