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Black History Month at Union County Public Library

Posted on 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, Monroe, NC – Celebrate Black History Month with the Union County Public Library. The Library will host a variety of programs and displays throughout the Library system. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Mondays, Feb. 6, 13, 27, 5:30 p.m., Hunley Room, Monroe Library
    Bedtime Stories
    Evening story time featuring African-American storybooks followed by an exciting craft.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m., Griffin Room, Monroe Library
    Union County: Crossing the Racial Divide Part I, Education, Race, and Equality
    Part I of this discussion series will explore Education, Race and Equality. A moderated panel discussion consisting of local community leaders and concerned citizens will be followed by open dialogue with the audience. Contact Gypsy at ghouston@unon.lib.nc.us for more information.
  • Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., Training Room, Monroe Library
    Fun with Writing Prompts-Writing Workshop inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Bring your favorite writing instrument and something to write on or in. We’ll watch a Ted Talk by African writer, Adichie, use one of her stories and more to play with writing prompts. Contact Patricia at 704-283-8184 x 224 or ppoland@union.lib.nc.us for more information.
  • Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m., Griffin Room, Monroe Library
    Union County: Crossing the Racial Divide Part II Stereotypes, Media, Policing, & Equality
    Part II of this discussion series will explore Stereotypes, Media, Policing, & Equality. A moderated panel discussion consisting of local community leaders and concerned citizens will be followed by open dialogue with the audience. Contact Gypsy at ghouston@unon.lib.nc.us for more information.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 3:30 p.m., Edwards Memorial (Marshville) Library
    Drop-In DIY: Love Poems
    Stop by and use variety of recycled materials to craft a poem celebrating your appreciation and love of the special people in your life. Prompts will be provided to inspire your creativity. You’ll also learn more about the incredible life of George Moses Horton, an enslaved African-American who is remembered for many things including the love poems he was commissioned to write by students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All ages welcome
  • Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Drop-in), Training Room, Monroe Library
    Make a Mud Cloth: An African Inspired Craft
    Create a “mud cloth” bookmark and/or 6x8 inch work of art! A paper-bag craft for ages 7 and up. While supplies last! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Patricia at 704- 283-8184 ext. 224 or ppoland@union.lib.nc.us for more information.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5 p.m., Union West/Indian Trail
    Black Explorers You Should Know
    Learn about history’s forgotten discoveries and trailblazers from Ibn Batuta to Matthew Henson! Ages 6-12.
  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Union West/Indian Trail Buffalo Soldiers Program This family event will feature the Buffalo Troopers Motorcycle Club of Charlotte.
  • Friday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m., Marshville Library, Family Movie
    All ages welcome.
  • Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., Griffin Room, Monroe Library
    Racial Implications of the Ross Will Case of 1921
    Gene Stowe, formerly of the Charlotte Observer’s Union Observer, will discuss his book, Inherit the Land, and Union County in the early 20th century. Stowe will talk about race relations in Marvin and Union County during the 1920s and the racial implications of the trial. Contact Gypsy at ghouston@unoin.lib.nc.us for more information.

Displays and more (Feb. 1-Feb. 29)

  • All Libraries — African American themed book displays
  • Marshville — Revolutionary Lives- biographical poster display featuring African American authors and other notable figures
  • Marshville — George Horton Moses Display
  • Monroe Library — Rosenwald and other early Black schools of Union County
  • Union West/Indian Trail — Hieroglyphics display-sponsored by JAARS-write your name in this ancient Egyptian writing form.

For more information, contact Gypsy Houston at 704-283-8184 ext. 232 or ghouston@union.lib.nc.us.