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February is Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Please explore some of the special programs we have on offer during February.

Welcoming RI Exhibit
January - April
Multiple Locations

The traveling exhibit, which appears at PCL thanks to Dorcas International of Rhode Island,  will remain at Mount Pleasant Library during the month of February. This month, several of the storyboards relate to black immigrant experience in America. The exhibit will move to Smith Hill in March.  

Welcome to Shelbyville (Documentary Screening)

Saturday, February 17 2:00PM
Mount Pleasant Library
On the eve of the 2008 election, the town of Shelbyville, Tennessee finds itself embroiled in a struggle to come to terms with a new wave of immigrants and grappling with what it means to be American.(Drama/Documentary, 2011, Director Kim Snyder). A Black History Month themed craft suitable for children will be offered during the screening.

Children's Book Club: Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
Tuesday, February 20, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Mount Pleasant Library

Drop in to discuss this fun book by Chris Barton, which is an illustrated biography of the African-American NASA engineer who invented the Super Soaker water gun. Enjoy some pizza, browse through the book together, brainstorm some new invention ideas, and experiment with making your own invention! This book is among those nominated for this year's Rhode Island Children's Book Award. 

Zora Neale Hurston's How Butterflies Were Made with Wanda Schell
Wednesday, February 21 3:30PM
Wanskuck Library

Zora Neale Hurston had compiled folktales from her home state of Florida.  Actress and playwright Wanda Schell retells one such story of how the colorful butterflies were created to keep the flowers company, and how butterflies came to be called butterflies. 

Readings for Black History Month
Monday, February 26, about 3:30PM
Wanskuck Library

Kobi Dennis will visit to read to children during afternoon programs in recognition of Black History Month

You can find more details about these programs and more on  the PCL calendar.