Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month this month by tuning in to Real Roots Radio for great music and at your library with highlights of programs, items from your catalog, and more.

Learn more about how Real Roots Radio's Daniel Mullins highlighting black country music artists during his Midday Music Spectacular in his interview with us. And don't forget to tune into his show on Wednesdays to hear your library staff discuss how your libraries are celebrating Black History Month!


Exploring Identity, Love, and Being Black in America in Fiction Writing: A Conversation with Award-Winning Author Jason Mott
New York Times Bestselling Author and National Book Award Winner
Tuesday, February 20th at 4:00 PM EST
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You’re invited to join us as we talk to New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott about his recent novel Hell of a Book. This magnificent work of fiction is deeply honest, at times electrically funny, and is a book that goes to the heart of racism, police violence, and the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans and America as a whole.


Compiled by Adult Services Coordinator Tamar Kreke, check out some of these Black History Month catalog recommendations from your community library/digital library. 

Celebrating Black History- More than Just a Month

List created by Greene_TamarK

I love learning about history, especially U.S. history. It's my home; we're surrounded by history every day- in the buildings we live and work in and in the land that we walk on. But history is always changing- and how is that possible? Because stories of marginalized people are coming to light and changing the way we view our world and our history. This month, Black History Month, is more than just a month- it's an opportunity to highlight the proud history of peoples long ignored, abused, and maligned. Take this opportunity to learn about Black women and men and their stories.

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Black Country Music Artists

List created by Greene_TamarK

Black artists have been part of the country music landscape since the beginning, with elements of African-American music, like blues, rock and roll, and southern gospel music, woven in. The banjo, an essential Appalachian music instrument, was introduced to the region by black slaves in the early 19th century (source: Smithsonian Music). Here are some of the most popular black country artists. Which are you familiar with? Which are new to you?

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Homeschool Libratory with Miss Julie: Harlem Renaissance

Thursday, Feb 1 • 1 - 2 p.m.  

Younger homeschoolers, join us for a fun lesson with Miss Julie. Registration required. Ages 5-8   

Homeschool Homeroom with Miss Julie: Harlem Renaissance

Thursday, Feb 8, Mar 14 • 1 - 2 p.m.  

Homeschoolers, join Miss Julie for a fun science or history lesson. Registration required. Ages 9-12.  

Ink & Inspiration: Empowering Young Writers with the Legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Thursday, Feb 15 • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  

Learn about local author Paul Laurence Dunbar. We’ll read his works & write our own poems. Ages 9-14. Registration Required.

Life & Legacy of Brigadier General Charles Young

Thursday, Feb 29 • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  

Join us for a presentation by the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument park rangers about this extraordinary person.


Online Book Club: Kindred

February • On Demand

Join Erin for a blog conversation with a new book each month. This month: Kindred.   

Cooking Class with African Flavors

Tuesday, Feb 6 • 6 - 7 p.m.  

Chef Gabi Odebode from Afromeals will teach us to prepare a delicious meal with African flavors. Registration required.  

"No Mail, Low Morale" with the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument

Saturday, Feb 24 • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  

Learn about history with park rangers from the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. Registration required.  

Yellow Springs

Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Presentation

Thursday, Feb 22 • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  

This program honors the lives of African Americans whose final resting place is in Dayton, OH.


Buffalo Soldiers & National Parks

Monday, Mar 11 • 6 - 7 p.m.  

Join us as National Park Rangers discuss the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers and their contribution to the legacy or our national parks.