Public Library hosts variety of Black History Month programs | Arts & Culture
Come explore and celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to our country’s history and culture during one of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s February programs at select branches.
Diversity of Comics – Peanuts’ Franklin
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m.
Enthusiast William Bell traces the dynamic journey of Franklin from the Peanuts comic strip and discusses why Franklin's introduction was so ground-breaking. Main Library - Popular Library Lounge, 800 Vine Street, 513-369-6900.
Books Alive! For Kids
Monday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month with a take-home craft and live performance from Books Alive! For Kids. The evening features a reading of the book “What A Wonderful World: The Life of Louis Armstrong” written by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, and illustrated by Ashley Bryan. This Caldecott Medal Winner is a wonderful depiction of the world-famous song by Louis Armstrong, as portrayed by Wesley Barnfield. Forest Park Branch, 655 Waycross Road, 513-369-4478.
For Teens Only!
Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m.
Teens are invited to take part in a Black History Month trivia activity with prizes and snacks. North Central Branch, 11109 Hamilton Avenue, 513-369-6068
Voice in the Village
Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m.
Local artist Michael Oludare shares his gift for storytelling and his talent for African drumming. Mariemont Branch, 3810 Pocahontas Avenue, 513-369-4467.
Honoring the Black Brigade: The Story of our Gallant Civil War Defenders
Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m.
In September of 1862, Cincinnati was gripped by fear that an advancing Confederate force would soon invade the city. In response, thousands of men were called to defend the city. Among them were many African American residents who became known as “The Black Brigade of Cincinnati.” These men served honorably in building defenses for the exposed city, and were among the very first African Americans to serve for the Union during the Civil War. Deer Park Branch, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, 513-369-4450.
Black History Month 2013 Series: Pulling Ancestors from the Shadows
Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.
The first lecture in a month-long series from African American genealogy experts. "How to Pick Apart a Death Notice and Obituary" features Thomas D. Jordan, the co-host of New Day, a community affairs television program on WCPO Channel 9, who will share his techniques on how to maximize clues found in newspaper death notices, obituaries and the funeral program biographies. Main Library - Genealogy & Local History Program Space, 800 Vine Street, 513-369-6900.
Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m.
The second program in a month-long series featuring African American genealogy experts will be a free two-session seminar with Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. The first session is "African American Research: From Slavery to Freedom." Dr. Abbott introduces clues and resources needed to re-create an African American journey from slavery to freedom using case studies that illustrate methods for connecting former slaves to their slave owners. Main Library - Genealogy & Local History Program Space, 800 Vine Street, 513-369-6900.
Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.
The second program in a month-long series featuring African American genealogy experts will be a free two-session seminar with Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. The second session is "Cluster Genealogy: Finding Your Lost Ancestor." Using case studies, Dr. Abbott demonstrates the importance of researching ancestors through extended family members, friends and community. Learn principles, techniques and strategies to increase the chances of locating a long lost ancestor, and how tracing records of others can lead to your ancestor. Main Library - Genealogy & Local History Program Space, 800 Vine Street, 513-369-6900.
Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m.
The final program in a month-long series featuring African American genealogy experts is titled "Searching for Descendants of African American Civil War Soldiers: Giving a Narrative to Cincinnati’s Forgotten Heroes." Join a panel discussion with Reverend Mendle Adams, librarians, and researcher, Dr. John Bryant, as they share the road blocks they encountered and breakthroughs they made researching seven African American Civil War soldiers buried in unmarked graves in Wesleyan Cemetery. Main Library - Genealogy & Local History Program Space, 800 Vine Street, 513-369-6900.
For details, call the Main Library at 513-369-6900 or your local branch. Visit www.CincinnatiLibrary.org.