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Black History Month: Family Craft Sundays

Sun Feb 25
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hillsdale Library

Join us every Sunday in February for Black History Month Arts and Crafts. There will be fun for the whole family while we celebrate African American artists and artwork. A different creative activity will be available each Sunday from 12:00-4:00 pm.

Black History Month: Family Craft Sundays

Sun Feb 18
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hillsdale Library

Join us every Sunday in February for Black History Month Arts and Crafts. There will be fun for the whole family while we celebrate African American artists and artwork. A different creative activity will be available each Sunday from 12:00-4:00 pm.

Black History Month: Family Craft Sundays

Sun Feb 11
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hillsdale Library

Join us every Sunday in February for Black History Month Arts and Crafts. There will be fun for the whole family while we celebrate African American artists and artwork. A different creative activity will be available each Sunday from 12:00-4:00 pm.

Black History Month: Black Family Storytime

Wed Feb 28
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Gresham Library

Join us for a special Black Family Storytime celebrating African American heritage, art and culture! Children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult and other family members), will have fun with books and stories, songs, a craft, and movement activities in a positive and affirming environment.

Black History Month: Black Family Storytime

Sun Feb 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
St. Johns Library

Join us for a special Black Family Storytime celebrating African American heritage, art and culture! Children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult and other family members), will have fun with books and stories, songs, a craft, and movement activities in a positive and affirming environment.

Black History Month: Hip-Hop, History, Art, and Activism

Sat Feb 17
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rockwood Library

Join us for a special performance and discussion led by Mic Crenshaw, and Toni Hill as they share stories about their involvement in art, culture, and social impact movements through hip-hop. This Black History music event will feature storytelling, spoken word, and Q&A.

Mic Crenshaw is a world-class spoken word artist and emcee who has toured extensively in Africa, the U.S and Europe. 

Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Black History Month: Black Family Storytime

Sat Feb 24
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Hollywood Library

The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to age 6 (with their favorite adult/family members). Have fun with books and stories, songs, and movement activities in a positive and affirming environment. Black Storytime builds language and literacy skills your child needs to be ready for kindergarten.

Attendance is limited and free tickets are available 15 minutes before storytime.

Multnomah County Library storytimes are supported by gifts made to The Library Foundation.

Black History Month: African Storytelling

Sat Feb 24
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Capitol Hill Library

Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement.

Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Black History Month: African Storytelling

Sat Feb 17
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Sellwood-Moreland Library

Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement.

 Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Black History Month: Gumbo

Tue Feb 20
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
St. Johns Library

Join us for a Kanopy film screening of "Gumbo", directed by Ken Burns. Jazz is born in the unique musical and social cauldron of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century, emerging from such genres as ragtime, marching bands, work songs, spirituals, European classical music, funeral parade music and the blues.

First come, first served.

Black History Month: Paint with He(ART)

Tue Feb 27
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hollywood Library

Explore paintings that highlight the diversity of Black people with an emphasis on our self-love, our Black relationships with each other, and our Black woman empowerment. This is a live painting class with all materials provided.

Black History Month: Stones, Bones & Black-Eyed Peas Pt2

Tue Feb 27
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Troutdale Library

Join chef and owner of Finer Things Events and Catering, Michelle Guinn, along with her daughter, Sable Askew and take a trip back into history. Enjoy a cooking demonstration using traditional foods and recipes created by African American women chefs from the mid-1800s through to today. 

Part 1 at Woodstock Library: Edna Lewis inspired spiced shortbread, Leah Chase inspired creole chicken soup and spiced African Red Bush tea. (2/18/24)

Part 2 at Troutdale Library: “Soul Charcuterie” with tasty bites like chow chow, deviled eggs, pickled peppers, candied pecans, black eyed peas hummus, cucumber salad, pickled okra. (2/27/24)

Feel free to bring any family cookbooks or recipes to show and tell!

Registration opens February 4th.

This event is funded in part, by The Library Foundation.

Black History Month: Stones, Bones & Black-Eyed Peas Pt1

Sun Feb 18
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Woodstock Library

Join chef and owner of Finer Things Events and Catering, Michelle Guinn, along with her daughter, Sable Askew and take a trip back into history. Enjoy a cooking demonstration using traditional foods and recipes created by African American women chefs from the mid-1800s through to today. 

Part 1 at Woodstock Library: Chef Edna Lewis inspired spiced shortbread, Chef Leah Chase inspired creole chicken soup and spiced African Red Bush tea. (2/18/24)

Part 2 at Troutdale Library: “Soul Charcuterie” with tasty bites like chow chow, deviled eggs, pickled peppers, candied pecans, black eyed peas hummus, cucumber salad, pickled okra. (2/27/24)

Feel free to bring any family cookbooks or recipes to show and tell!

Registration opens January 28th.

Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Black History Month: Honoring Black Heritage Through Art

Sat Feb 24
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gresham Library

Explore various techniques used by African/Black artists, while incorporating your own style!

 Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Black History Month: "Matriarch" Celebration and Panel

Sun Feb 25
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Central Library

Join us in the Collins Gallery celebrating the exhibit, "Matriarch", curated by local pillar Elijah Hasan. See works by Kathy Pennington, David F. Walker, Sade Duboise, Sunshine Dixon, and Dr. S. Renee Mitchell. Enjoy a panel discussion on the inspiration of the 'Black Matriarchy' with artists whose work is featured in the gallery. Music by Chaz Van Queen and light refreshments will follow.

Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Black History Month: Hip-Hop Soulsation

Sat Feb 17
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Hollywood Library

Join Hip-Hop Soulsation Academy as they bring an upbeat edgy interactive performance and brief dance class that all ages can enjoy! Participation is encouraged!

 Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Black History Month: Hip-Hop, Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Tue Feb 27
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Johns Library

Join us for a Kanopy film screening! HIP HOP: BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, long-time hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music. He pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorising destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood.

First come, first served.

Black History Month: Clownin' Around with Nikki Brown Clown

Sat Feb 10
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rockwood Library

Portland’s favorite clown is back with a storytime that is a culturally creative blend of picture books infused with sounds and activities for all. Participation is encouraged, and all ages are welcome!

 

Juneteenth: Food and History - Texas Style

Tue Jun 18
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Gresham Library

Stones, Bones, and Black-Eyed Peas presents: Juneteenth Food, Texas Style! Join chef and owner of Finer Things Events and Catering, Michelle Guinn, with her daughter, Sable Askew and take a trip back into history. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of Great Uncle Nolan’s all-meat Texas chili, red drink, and homemade vanilla ice cream celebrating freedom and foods cooked and beloved by African American culinary connoisseurs. 

This event is first-come, first serve!

Juneteenth: Where the Heart Is & Reviving the Black Head Nod

Mon Jun 17
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rockwood Library

Celebrate Juneteenth at this dual film night at the Rockwood Library! "Where the Heart Is" and "Reviving the Black Head Nod" are documentaries about Black Portland life and history by local photographer, filmmaker, and educator Elijah Hasan. Hasan has emerged as one of the region's most daring and innovative artists. His work knows no boundaries or genres, as he moves between documentary, experimental, and narrative filmmaking.

Join us for this 1 hour screening, and a staff-led discussion. 

Suitable for teens and older.

Black Family Storytime

Sat Apr 20
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Central Library

Join us for a special Black Family Storytime celebrating African American heritage, art and culture! Children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult and other family members), will have fun with books and stories, songs, a craft, and movement activities in a positive and affirming environment.

Black Family Playtime

Wed May 1
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Gresham Library

Play and learning go hand in hand. Join other Black families in a fun playtime at the library with books, toys, music, and all the room you need to learn through play in a positive, affirming environment. As Mr. Rogers said, "... for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."

Multnomah County Library storytimes are supported by gifts made to The Library Foundation.

Black Family Playtime

Wed Apr 10
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Gresham Library

Play and learning go hand in hand. Join other Black families in a fun playtime at the library with books, toys, music, and all the room you need to learn through play in a positive, affirming environment. As Mr. Rogers said, "... for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."

Multnomah County Library storytimes are supported by gifts made to The Library Foundation.

Black Family Playtime

Tue Mar 5
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Gresham Library

Play and learning go hand in hand. Join other Black families in a fun playtime at the library with books, toys, music, and all the room you need to learn through play in a positive, affirming environment. As Mr. Rogers said, "... for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."

Multnomah County Library storytimes are supported by gifts made to The Library Foundation.