Black History Month Programs

Advance registration required, so call or visit to reserve your spot today!

African American Storytime
Saturday, February 2

Bring your children to experience the story of one child’s realization of what he can do when he grows up: Riley Can be Anything by Davina Hamilton. During this Real Men Read edition of Storytime, adult participants will discuss their careers and the importance of having goals and aspirations. Ages 3-10.

A Taste of History
Wednesday, February 6

Celebrate Black History Month with tasty African American inspired desserts. Join us for a sampling of a variety of soul food desserts from sweet potato pie to fruit cobblers, as we share old family recipes and learn how to preserve your family’s vintage recipes.

Black History Month Movie Nights
Thursdays, February 7 and 21

Join us for a movie (and popcorn) that celebrates the Black experience. Call the library or visit our facebook page for the movie selections.

Motown: The Music That Moved the World
Monday, February 11

College of Dupage Adjunct professor Gary Wenstrup will take you on an amazing audio and visual journey of the record company that produced 110 top ten hits: Motown Records. He’ll discuss the power soul of performers like The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder as well as the pop soul of The Jackson 5—music that still moves us today.

Create a Black History Month T-Shirt
Saturday, February 16

Choose a design and learn to make your own Black History T-Shirt using heat-transfer and your own creativity. Please bring a new, plain t-shirt. Ages 8-14. Limit 10.

Paint and Sip: Wakanda!
Wednesday, February 20

Revisit the origin of Black Panther as you paint a Wakanda-themed canvas and enjoy mocktails and African music. Limit 10.

4th Annual Soul Train Party
Friday, February 22

Bring your friends and neighbors and join us for our annual nostalgic trip down memory lane with a soulful night of 70s and 80s music. We’ll also award prizes to Scramble Board contestants! 70s attire encouraged, but not required. Light refreshments will be served. Ages 18 and up.

From Slavery to Emancipation
Monday, February 25

Don’t miss this event for the entire family! African American Historian Tammy Gibson of Sankofa Travelher is returning to our Library with the educational display of artifacts.

Brookwood District 167 Celebration of Art and Black History Essays
Wednesday, February 27

Students from Brookwood 167 showcase their artwork and share essays on why Black History Month is still relevant. All are encouraged to attend to support these talented artists and writers! Sponsored by the Glenwood Junior Women’s Club. Artwork will be on display at the library from February 18 – March 8.

Save the Date

Illinois’ Underground Railroad and Lincoln Presidential Museum Tour
Registration Period: January 1-March 2
Trip Date: Saturday, March 23 from 7am-9pm
Cost: $75 per person

Join us on our bus trip to Jacksonville, IL! We will visit multiple sites in connection to the Underground Railroad. We will have lunch and then proceed to the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Moderate amount of walking required. Limit 50. Minimum of 40 required to proceed with trip. Lunch is provided. Payment is required at time of registration. To register, visit & click ‘Program Registration’.

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