Black History Month at the Free Library

By Julie B. RSS Tue, January 30, 2018

Black History Month begins this week, and we have a packed February full of programming for all ages here at the Free Library. Neighborhood libraries across the city are hosting everything from craft workshops and quizzos to performances, film screenings, and discussions highlighting the struggles, successes, and contributions of African Americans in the United States.

Many of these programs will be offered in tandem with our One Book, One Philadelphia program, which delves into such themes as urban living, gentrification, and racial identity. Programs inspired by the featured reading selection, Another Brooklyn by Jacquline Woodson, as well as the youth companion selections—Woodson’s memoir-in-verse Brown Girl Dreaming and her children’s book This Is the Rope: A Story of the Great Migration—will offer Philadelphians many pathways to connect to and discuss our country’s racial past and present.

Our program calendar is filled with a vibrant array of events across the city. We've got something for everyone!

Youth and Teens can take part in a Harlem-Renaissance-inspired poetry slam, an inventors showcase, an African folktale storytime, and even an essay contest.

Adults can enjoy original jazz music, Hip-Hop Jazz Musicology, and a discussion of mental health and the African American community. 

Seniors can take note of events highlighting African American veterans, the Harlem Renaissance, and music and dance of the 1960s and '70s.

Film Screenings will showcase such impactful films as Fences, Disney's Ruby Bridges, Hidden Figures, and Remember the Titans.

Culinary Programs, for those who learn best through their stomachs, will take on Up South CookingShoe-Box Lunches, and family cooking, workshops facilitated by the Culinary Literacy Center.

And so much more!

For a complete up-to-date listing of all upcoming events, visit We also welcome you to check back in here for more Black History Month blog posts throughout February

We hope you'll come celebrate with us!

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In honor of African-American History Month, I wanted to bring to your attention and hope that you would share with your visitors the Lena Horne stamp being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price. The 41st in the Black Heritage series, this stamp honors the achievements of legendary performer and civil rights activist Lena Horne (1917–2010). This stamp and a variety of black history collectibles are available at, at the Postal Store, and by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).
Lisa Greenwade -
Thursday, February 8, 2018