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Black History Month Programs at the Library

Posted 01/31/20

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February is Black History Month and the Ohio County Public Library will be offering a variety of programs for the public to attend. 

View our schedule of Black History Month programs below:

February 03, 2020: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Black History Month Scavenger HuntFIRST MONDAY FAMILY PROGRAM: Black History Month Scavenger Hunt

We will learn how to use the library resources, both in the library and on the internet to help us on our scavenger hunt. This program will get everyone up and moving around. Prizes will be awarded throughout the program.

We are pleased to offer families the opportunity to participate in programs together at the Library. These programs broaden opportunities for families to learn together, strengthening connections between parents and children. Join us for special storytimes, music, hands-on activities, crafts, and more at one of our First Monday Family Programs.

February 10, 2020: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Monday Night Movie featuring HarrietMONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: Harriet (2019)

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Film Runtime: 2 hr. 5 min. 
Rating: PG-13

The Library's Monday Night Movies take place every second Monday of the month. Movies start at 6:00 pm in the Library Auditorium. Light refreshments and popcorn are served. 

February 11, 2020: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

LUNCH WITH BOOKS: A History of Black MusicLUNCH WITH BOOKS: A History of Black Music

This unique program, presented in partnership with YWCA Wheeling, will take you on a journey through time, examining the contributions of Black artists to American music. Starting with Negro Spirituals, it will follow the creative road map from jazz to blues, rock and roll to hip-hop and other genres in between. Hosted by Ron Scott Jr., the program includes musical clips, local historical information and live performances from local artists, led by Ezra Hamilton. 

Lunch With Books starts at noon in the Library Auditorium. 

"Lunch With Books" is the library’s flagship program for adult patrons. These lunchtime programs feature authors, poets, musicians, historians, and more every Tuesday at noon. Complimentary beverages are provided. Bring your lunch, feed your brain!

February 18, 2020: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

LUNCH WITH BOOKS: Ann Thomas Memorial Lecture with Dr. Joseph William Trotter, Jr.LUNCH WITH BOOKS: Ann Thomas Memorial Lecture with Dr. Joseph William Trotter, Jr.

Joe William Trotter, Jr. is the Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice and past History Department Chair at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is also the Director and Founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE), President Elect of the Urban History Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest publication is Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America (University of California Press, 2019), which covers the last four hundred years since Africans were first brought to Virginia in 1619, tracing black workers’ complicated journey from the transatlantic slave trade through the American Century to the demise of the industrial order in the 21st century. At the center of this compelling, fast-paced narrative are the actual experiences of these African American men and women. A dynamic and vital history of remarkable contributions despite repeated setbacks, Workers on Arrival expands our understanding of America’s economic and industrial growth, its cities, ideas, and institutions, and the real challenges confronting black urban communities today.

Professor Trotter received his BA degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is currently working on a study of African American urban life since the Atlantic slave trade.

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