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Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
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Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
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Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development



PHILADELPHIA, January 10—The Free Library of Philadelphia celebrates Black History Month throughout the month of February with programming in our neighborhood libraries. Listed below are highlights of our Black History Month programming. For a complete up-to-date listing of more than 40 events, visit

• Storybreak Mondays
Mondays, February 4, 11, 18, 25 4:00 p.m. | David Cohen Ogontz Library

Every Monday in February, LEAP staff will read a short, Black-History-themed picture book to all who are interested in the children’s room.

• Underground Railroad Quilt
Monday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. | Lovett Memorial Library

Listen to amazing stories from the days of the Underground Railroad with Mama Carla Wiley while making a personal quilt square.

• African Folktales Storytime
Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 p.m. | Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

Enjoy a lively family storytime featuring African folktales.

• Black History Family Storytime
Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 p.m. | Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library

Join Ms. Sarah for a family storytime celebrating Black History.

• Youth Workshops: African American Entrepreneurs
Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 18, 25, 4:00 p.m. | West Oak Lane Library

Children and teens will learn the history of African Americans in business, explore the world of entrepreneurship, and learn how to write business plans.

• Jazz for Young Audiences
Wednesday, February 6, 4:00 p.m. | Paschalville Library

Children and their families are invited to enjoy an interactive presentation by renowned jazz musician, Warren Oree. Attendees will learn about the roots of jazz music and have an opportunity to create music.

• Out of Africa Storytime
Wednesday, February 6, 10:15 a.m. | Overbrook Park Library

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kim for a special storytime featuring African folktales and other activities.

• African Folktales Storytime
Thursday, February 7, 10:30 a.m. | Charles L. Durham Library

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Alyson for a special storytime featuring African folktales.

• Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance
Thursday, February 7, 4:00 p.m. | Logan Library

Children in grades six and under are invited to celebrate Black History Month by bringing new life to the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. Program participants will illustrate a poem of their choice and be entered to special prize. Light refreshments will be provided.

• Veterans of Color: Film Screening
Saturday, February 9, 12:00 p.m. | Wynnefield Library

Join us for a screening of the film, Veterans of Color directed by Mark Parry. This film gives voice to the stories of the African American men and women who served in our nation’s Armed Forces and spans the period from World War II through Vietnam and our more recent armed conflicts. A panel discussion by local African American veterans will follow the film. Light refreshments will be provided.

• African Folktales and Crafts
Monday, February 11, 4:30 p.m. | Eastwick Library

Join Mama Carla Wiley for the sharing of African folktales and a cowrie-shell necklace craft project.

• Black Heroes of the Civil War
Thursday, February 21, 4:00 p.m. | Bushrod Library

Many African Americans fought hard for their freedom in the Civil War. Learn about these heroes with librarian Jason Carter.

• What’s Your Story? Black History as Told Through Music
Monday, February 25, 4:00 p.m. | Widener Library

Join us for an interactive workshop with Amiri Johnson. This workshop will provide a general overview of Black History in the United States by examining the historical context of several musical forms that have been developed here. As molders of our present and our future, participants will be asked to tell their own stories in musical form by highlighting the contributions that they will make and for which they will be remembered. This program is intended primarily for school-age children and teens. For more information, contact the librarian at 215-685-9798.

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The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than 6 million visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.


Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850