Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to celebrate African-American History Month, also known as Black History Month, throughout the month of February. LCL is working with the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and the Malone Community Center to bring recognition to the significant role of African-Americans in our nation's history. Events include the following:
Taste of African-American Literature - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, February 10 at Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street. A "book tasting" of African-American literature provides an opportunity to sample many of the titles on LPS's Mosaic, an annual annotated multi-cultural book list compiled by LPS staff. Similar to speed dating, attendees will be given three to five minutes to read a summary or review of a title and then pass it to the next person. This event is intended for adults and students in middle or high school.
African-American History Month Kickoff - 4:15 to 5 p.m. Monday, February 10 at the Malone Community Center, 2032 "U" Street. Events include performances of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (Negro National Anthem) by I'mya Jones of Belmont Elementary School, and "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters by Barack Obama," performed by the Belmont Elementary School scholars.
African-American History Read-In - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, February 27, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St. Individuals reflecting the diversity of the community will read excerpts from African-American literature that influenced their lives.
Information about these program and other library events is available at lincolnlibraries.org.