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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

cover art for I live in music : poem / by Ntozake Shange ; paintings by Romare Bearden

Black History Month Do Drop In - Black History through Art

Lamond-Riggs Library

1:30 p.m.
Join us as we explore the art of Romare Bearden through the poetry of Ntozake Shange. For school age children.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Black History Month: African American Read In

Southwest Library

4 p.m.
In honor of Black History Month, children and their families are invited to drop in and quietly read a book of their choosing by an African American author. Snacks and book recommendations will be provided. Children under 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver.  Questions? Call 202-724-4691.
Mary Church Terrell photo

Transcribe-a-thon: Mary Church Terrell Letters

Washingtoniana

5 p.m.
Learn about a hometown hero as you help make her legacy discoverable by generations to come!
I Will Follow

Movie Night at West End: "I Will Follow"

West End Library

6 p.m.
Join us at West End Library for a screening of I Will Follow! Maye is a successful artist who has put her work on hold to care for aunt, Amanda, who is ill. As Maye reflects on her aunt—following her passing—and other relationships in her life, she moves out of the house she once shared with Amanda, and experiences a series of encounters that force her to ask tough questions about her life, her career and her future.
Journeying to Africa

Journeying To Africa: Why We Should Go!

Woodridge Library

6:30 p.m.
Africa is often portrayed as one dimensional in the media, which leaves many Americans with very little knowledge about the second largest and second most-populous continent in the world. With 54 countries, over 2000 languages, up to 1500 diverse ethnic groups and cultures as well as unprecedented mineral wealth - there are several reasons to get a more balanced outlook on Africa. Learn about the beauty and diversity of Africa from people who have traveled, visited and lived in Africa. 

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

cover art for Magic Trash : a story of Tyree Guyton and his art / J.H. Shapiro

Black History Month Do Drop In - Magic Trash

Lamond-Riggs Library

1:30 p.m.
Celebrate the art of Tyree Guyton and create your own masterpiece. All school age children welcome.
Louis Armstrong

Black History Month Movies for Kids

Woodridge Library

4 p.m.
Patrons ages 6-12 and their families will enjoy movies every Friday in February in celebration of Black History Month. All movies will be shown in the Children's Room. Movies begin at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

Black History Month Jeopardy Showdown

Black History Month Jeopardy Showdown

Northeast Library

12:30 p.m.
Come to the Black History Month Jeopardy Showdown where you can have some fun learning more about Black History Month and why history itself is important.    There will be a big game of Jeopardy, refreshments and PRIZES!   The winning team will get an awesome mystery prize that will be worth the wait! So come on down!  
Carter G. Woodson : Black history pioneer / Patricia and Fredrick McKissack.book cover

Black History Month Do Drop In - Games

Lamond-Riggs Library

1:30 p.m.
Black History Games Join us and test your skills and knowledge of famous African Americans for prizes! This program will be repeated on Saturday, Feb. 23. for ages 6-12.
Sonja D Williams: Word Warrior

Black History Month Author Talk with Sonja D. Williams

Cleveland Park Library

2 p.m.
Award-winning radio producer and author Sonja D. Williams draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and colleagues like Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison, to illuminate Richard Durham's astounding career. Incisive and in-depth, "Word Warrior" tells the story of a tireless champion of African American freedom, equality, and justice during an epoch that forever changed a nation.    
picture of Marcia Cole

Going for Freedom: True Accounts of Flight in Verse

Southeast Library

2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month at the Southeast Neighborhood Library! In costume and using monologue and original poetry, Marcia E. Cole will recount dramatic and imaginative escapes on the Underground Railroad with her performance, 'Going for Freedom'. Tales highlight the daring exhibited and the importance of collaboration with black and white sympathizers.  Marcia E. Cole is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia. She is passionate about literacy, history and all art forms and believes the arts are particularly effective as teaching tools. 

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019

davis

Author Talk with Darnella Davis

Woodridge Library

3:30 p.m.
Join the Woodridge Neighborhood Library for a author talk and book signing by Dr.

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

best little

Free film showing: "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

Chevy Chase Library

2 p.m.
Musical comedy about a sheriff who fights to keep a historic whorehouse running when a television reporter targets it as the Devil's playhouse. Film stars Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, and Dom DeLuise.  US, 1982, rated R, 1 hour 54 minutes.
Black history month

Black Heroes on Film

Cleveland Park Library

4 p.m.
Come join us at the Cleveland Park Library to watch a selection of children's videos celebrating the superstars of Black History Month.  4 p.m. |  For all ages.   
Fireworks Chinese New Year

Kids Exploration Lab: Flavors of February

Southeast Library

4:30 p.m.
Dive into STEAM based activities designed to build cultural awareness, critical thinking skills and promote collaboration through creative play. This February we will be experimenting with Chinese New Year, celebrating National Inventor's Day by designing marshmallow shooters, and rounding out the month with an interactive exploration of themes from Black History. Recommended for ages 5-8.  
Poster for the Movie "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

February Selection: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Takoma Park Library

6:30 p.m.
The disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her uncle, Henrik Vanger. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Visit the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library and ask for a copy of the book at the desk and read it. After reading, attend a viewing of the film on the appointed day/date and discuss both!  
best

Free film showing: "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

Chevy Chase Library

6:30 p.m.
Musical comedy about a sheriff who fights to keep a historic whorehouse running when a television reporter targets it as the Devil's playhouse. Movie stars Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton and Dom DeLuise.  US, 1982, rated R, 1 hour 54 minutes.
C. R. Gibbs African American History and Culture Lecture Series

C. R. Gibbs African American History and Culture Lecture Series

Georgetown Library

7 p.m.
C. R. Gibbs African American History and Lecture Series Soul Journey: Black Migration in America How we got to be where we are today, and slavery was not the only reason. Historian C. R. Gibbs brings his lively and engaging lecture style to the library in celebration of Black History Month. Passionate and knowledgeable, his talks are always informative and his scholarship accessible. 

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019

Be Free or Die

History/Biography Book Club

Cleveland Park Library

2 p.m.
Please join us on Tuesday, Feb. 26 when we will discuss Be Free or Die: the amazing story of Robert Smalls' escape from slavery to Union hero by Cate Lineberry. We will meet in the second floor Conference Room at 2 p.m.
The Roots of Rap book

Super Leaders Read

Capitol View Library

4 p.m.
Capitol View Library and The Community Enrichment Project will host a reading program for young readers designed to promote civic engagement and leadership skills. Join us as we read about the leaders who paved the way for hip hop artists and write a few bars of your own. Hope to see you there! For all ages.  
The Gospel According to Andre

30th Annual Black Film Festival

Georgetown Library

6 p.m.
30 Annual Black Film Festival: DC Public Library's Celebration of Black American Cinema The Gospel According to Andre Black fashion editor Andre Leon Talley's life and perspective are chronicled through archival footage and interviews with Talley's peers and celebrity friends. Starring Andre Talley and Naomi Campbell. Directed by Kate Novack. 93 minutes, 2017, rated PG-13 All films are screened in the library's lower-level meeting room. 
Joyce Bryant: The Lost Diva

Joyce Bryant: The Lost Diva

Woodridge Library

6:30 p.m.
“Belter Bryant…,” "The bronze blond bombshell…,” "the voice you'll always remember…," “The black Marilyn Monroe…"  Joyce Bryant was a singer/celebrity all of us would have known in the 1950s. With her sexy skintight gowns, metallic-silver hair, incredible voice and "pioneering stances against racial discrimination," it's shocking she's not better remembered. Joyce Bryant's story is a case-study of how popular culture's "celebrity machine" shapes who we remember -- and who we forget.

Black History Month: To The Stars

Woodridge Library

6:30 p.m.
Many Black astronomers, physicists, astronauts and scientists have guided our way to the stars. Let's take a look in their honor for Black History Month! Woodridge Library will host a week of open observation time with our telescopes on our Children's Room patio. Inside, we'll have books on Black scientists and connections to online resources so you can learn more about the brilliant minds who contributed to our understanding of the heavens.

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

Why we make Art with Rogelio Maxwell

Why We Make Art with Rogelio Maxwell

Cleveland Park Library

2 p.m.
Rogelio Maxwell is a multimedia artist who fuses on painting, drawing, sculpture, and music with performance art, film and video. Join us for this eight week series as Maxwell discusses why we make art, a brief look at the path some of us take to make art, and how art affects and defines our culture through architecture advertising, fashion, and design.  
Painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Art Attack

Georgetown Library

4 p.m.
Learn about the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in honor of Black History Month and create an art project in the style of his bold colors and jazz inspired art.  
Karmen Gei

Movie Night at West End: "Karmen Gei"

West End Library

6 p.m.
Join us at West End Library for a screening of Karmen Gei!

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

Marion Barry Jr.

2nd Annual Marion Barry, Jr. Youth Oratorical Contest

Teens D.C.

5:30 p.m.
The Marion Barry Youth Oratorical Contest Committee invites submissions for the 2019 student essay/oratorical contest. All applicants are encouraged to submit an 800 words or less essay in response to the topic, “The Migration Journey of Marion Barry, Jr.  
MLk

King and the Library: A Vision Session

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

6 p.m.
When the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library reopens in 2020, it will be a space for everyone.   Dr. King advocated for “beloved community” and urged Washingtonians to “prepare to participate” when he spoke at Cardozo High School in 1967.   
Fiesta DC

AfroLatinas in Washington, D.C.

Mt. Pleasant Library

6 p.m.
In celebration of Black History Month, Mt. Pleasant Library is honored to host a panel discussion on AfroLatinas in D.C. This panel discussion will focus on contributions and efforts from AfroLatinas, using Casilda Luna as a reference point to what has been accomplished, and the needs and opportunities for AfroLatinas. We are looking to specifically emphasize areas of public health, representation, gender inequalities and intersectional AfroLatina issues in the diaspora. Speakers/Panelists:
Thursday Night Arts: Film Focus on Photography - Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer

Thursday Night Arts: Film Focus on Photography - Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer

Woodridge Library

6:30 p.m.
Join us as we explore the discipline of Photography in our Film Focus for February. We are proud to present the documentary film "Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer", directed by "Wild Style" director Charlie Ahearn. 83 Minutes, 2013. From Kanopy, our film streaming service: