Yonkers Public Library Black History Month Celebrations

Yonkers Public Library begins a month-long celebration of Black History Month. The Crestwood Branch, Grinton I. Will Branch and Riverfront Library are hosting a number of family-friendly events for the community to learn and reflect on the history, accomplishments and culture of black Americans.

Below is a listing of the events. All programs are free and open to the public.

Black History Month Bingo (All Ages)

Fri., Feb. 1, 3:30 p.m.

Crestwood Branch, 16 Thompson Street

Join us to play Black History Month Bingo Game, an interactive and creative way to celebrate and discuss Black History Month.

Crestwood Cinema: Harriet Tubman- Inspiring Animated Heroes (All Ages)

Sat., Feb. 2, 2 p.m.

Crestwood Branch, 16 Thompson Street

Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. A great leader of her time, Harriet Tubman teaches kids about courage, sacrifice and compassion. Running time: approximate 45 minutes

Art with Madison: Freedom Paper Quilt (Ages 4+)

Fri., Feb. 5, 11 a.m.

Crestwood Branch, 16 Thompson Street

Create a freedom quilt square during Black History Month with artisan Madison Moss. We will read The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud, a powerful story of a girl and her father escaping slavery on the Underground Railroad. The designs on the freedom quilts were said to have secret messages, helping to guide and protect the slaves on their way to freedom.

Teen Tuesday: Celebrating Black History Month (Ages 12-19)

Tues., Feb. 5, 4 p.m.

Crestwood Branch, 16 Thompson Street

Join us for this special edition of Teen Tuesday where we celebrate Black History Month through art, writing, poetry and song.

First Thursday Gallery Hop Exhibit: Of Kings and Queens (All Ages)

Thurs., Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.

Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center

The titles “king” and “queen” are terms of shared racial acknowledgment and endearment. They hearken to the great cultures of Africa and the vast technologies and innovations that across the world, we benefit from, but very seldom acknowledge as originating in Africa. This exhibit will shine a light on a narrative that is missing; contributions in technology, science, culture, music, engineering, agriculture, textiles, conservation, and art, have enriched our lives and shaped our culture.

Young Science Explorers: Defeat the Motion Sensor (Ages 5+)

Fri., Feb. 8, 11 a.m.

Crestwood Branch, 16 Thompson Street

Discover great African American inventors starting with Clarence L. Elder, who invented the motion detector, which helps conserve energy by turning on lights when there’s movement. While learning about light absorption and reflection, Kids will use materials and motion sensing lights to try and making past the sensors without triggering it.

The Soul Legends: Music of the 60s (All Ages)

Sat., Feb. 9, 2 p.m.

Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center

Fan favorite Cody Childs & the Ladies of Soul will perform their smash hit concert “The Soul Legends: Music of the 60s” featuring classic hits by Otis Redding, the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and many more.

Teen Book Discussion: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Ages 12-19)

Sat., Feb. 16, 2:30 p.m.

Grinton I. Will Branch, 1500 Central Park Avenue

Teen Movie: The Hate U Give

Tues., Feb. 19, 2 p.m.

Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center

African Dance Class (All Ages)

Tues., Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.

Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center

Featuring a dance instructor and drummer from “Bokandeye: African American Dance Theater,” learn the technique and style of traditional West African dance. No experience necessary.

Books Before Bedtime: Walter Mosley Books (Adults)

Wed., Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m.

Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center

Join a discussion on Walter Mosley, his work and contribution to the detective novel genre.

Crestwood Literary Lego Club (Ages 4+)

Fri., Feb. 22, 3:45 p.m.

Crestwood Branch, 16 Thompson Street

Hear a great story in honor of Black History Month, then build something special with our Legos and put it on display!

African-American Genealogy Expert Talk (Adults & Teens)

Sat., March 2, 2 p.m.

Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center

Learn how pre-Emancipation laws in New York can help us search for our family history today. Guest speaker Meryl Schumacker is a Board-certified genealogist in Manhattan. Meryl’s work focuses on New York City and Westchester County families from the 17th century to the 20th century.

SOURCE: https://www.ypl.org

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