Black History Month is celebrated in the United States every February, and the Peoria Public Library is hosting several special programs in honor of the observance. Both students and adults will learn something from the educational and inspiring events in the library's Black History Celebration series.
People of all ages are invited to make a calendar at the library from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. The calendars will feature highlights of African American history. This event will take place at the library's Lincoln Branch.
The film "Zora's Roots" will be shown at the Lincoln Branch at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5. "Zora's Roots" is an hour-long documentary about author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. This film is unrated, so please use your own discretion about what age students to take to this event.
The movie "Ruby Bridges" will be shown at the McClure branch from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. "Ruby Bridges" tells the true story of a young girl who was personally involved with school desegregation in the 1960s. This film is also unrated, but the library suggests this as an event for people of all ages.
Library patrons are invited to create a collage from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25. The collages will celebrate famous African Americans. This event is open to people of all ages. It will be held at the Lincoln Branch.
The Lincoln Branch of the library is at 1312 W. Lincoln Ave., Peoria, Ill. Call 309-497-2600 for information about events at the Lincoln Branch. The McClure Branch is at 315 W. McClure Ave., Peoria, Ill. Call the McClure Branch at 309-497-2700 for information on the "Ruby Bridges" film showing.
During Black History Month, celebrate the significant contributions that African Americans have made to our society. Join the Peoria Public Library for their Black History Celebration and take a special look at the lives of some important African Americans.