Black History month at the library (February 12-28)

As mentioned in earlier emails, we are having an abbreviated Black History month at the library (February 12-28) that will consist of the following:

  • Display Materials: The library will have relevant materials on display on the main floor during this time. The attached lists of recommended books, movies and music was provided to the library to display. We are hopeful they will purchase some to add to their permanent collection.
  • Movie Screenings: We are going to co-sponsor The “Princess and the Frog” and “Race: The Jesse Owens Story” with the library. The library will create promotional posters for the movies, draft press releases, and promote them on their website, too. They ask us to do the same. We cannot mention the names of the movies for licensing reasons. However, we can link to the library’s website where the actual names of the movies will be listed.
  • Idea Wall Exhibit: Thanks to Leona, we will have a visual exhibit on the Idea Wall across from the Reference Desk. It will celebrate our contributions in the sciences, military, arts, and more. If you have large posters that you want included in the exhibit, I will need it by this Friday.




Following are some events still in the early stages of discussion and planning, but worth mentioning.


  • Baseball Season (April/May): Possible screening of “42,”  the movie about Jackie Robinson. If the Idea Wall is available, we could do a Negro League exhibit. Depending on interest, we may or may not do this.
  • Library After Dark: The Cary Foundation is launching a new series of after-hours events at the library. Four are planned for this year. I met with the leaders of the Foundation Monday to discuss ABCL partnering with them on an event in the fall-possibly a poetry slam featuring Regie Gibson, if he’s interested and available, and/or a jazzfest. The details still need to be worked out. First, we need to lock down a date. We are looking at September 8th or 15th, both Saturdays.



February 8th and 22nd meetings are cancelled. Any updates to be provided at 2/15 board meeting.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about any of the up-coming events.