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MCLS Celebrates Black History Month

Here is a list of upcoming events, programs and exhibits for Black History Month 

Central Library


See It First movie - Queen of Katwe  


Framed Print Display of Artwork by African American Artists


Learn About the Magnificent Gee's Bend Quilts Feb, 22  12 - 1 pm. 

Gee’s Bend is an African-American hamlet in rural Alabama, as of 2010 it had a population of 275. Gee’s Bend is well known for the legendary quilters who created the vibrant quilt masterpieces that date from the early twentieth century to the present. These quilts were created from recycled work clothes and dresses, feed sacks, and fabric remnants. Janet Berlo, a professor at the University of Rochester, and quilt scholar, will be here during Black History Month in February to speak about these quilts and the people who created them. This program is free and all are invited.  


Join us in celebration of African American History Month as we read and discuss a selection of important African-American texts from the 1920s to the present. Our meeting dates are Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6.  
Free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Please register here or contact Carol Moldt at or 428-8375.

Week 1 (February 6):
Selected poems by Langston Hughes.  

Week 2 (February 13):
“Notes of a Native Son” by James Baldwin, from his collection of essays, Notes of a Native Son.

Week 3 (February 20):
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the poem by the same title by Richard Wright.

Weeks 4 & 5 (February 27 & March 6):
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid.

Facilitator, David Sanders is Professor Emeritus of English at St. John Fisher College. He has taught British, American, and biblical literature in a career that spans more than forty years. Though widely published in professional journals and still active as a scholar, he has always enjoyed getting beyond the academic classroom to promote literary discussion with readers in the wider community.

Lincoln Branch


History House Presentation with Addy from American Girl series - Tuesday February 21 @ 11:30 am

Travel through Black History with the story of Addy from the American Girl series. Teresa Wood of History Houses will bring Addy's story to life using using dollhouses, books and more in this dynamic history lesson.


Teen Local Black History Trivia - Tuesday February 28 @ 4 pm

Test your knowledge of local Black History with trivia questions on local figures important in Rochester Black History.


Stop by the front exhibit window of Lincoln all month long to learn about the participation of Black soldiers in the Civil War and view posters, documents, photos and books related to their service.

Phillis Wheatley Community Library


Help us create a Black History bulletin board by adding facts you find in the library about Black History Heroes.  

All Ages -- 18 yrs. - And Under

2/15/2017; 5 - 6 pm

Play games for prizes, including Black History Bingo.


2/20/2017; 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Freedom Quilts- Make a secret message in your quilt.

All Ages 

Black History Month Film Screening: Eyes on the Prize

2/27/2017; 5 - 7 pm

Local filmmaker and Emmy Award-winner Jim DeVinney will be with us to view and discuss "Eyes on the Prize", a civil rights documentary that he produced. We will view the segment on Selma, which was nominated for an Academy Award, and won an Emmy for Documentary Writing!

Arnett Branch


Take Your Child to the Library Day falls on February 4th. February is Black History Month. In honor of these two events we will be giving out prizes to kids who use the library this day to learn something new about Black History.


Classic Book Discussion "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry

2/22/2017, 3 - 4 pm

Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected profoundly with the psyche of black America--and changed American theater forever. The play's title comes from a line in Langston Hughes's poem "Harlem," which warns that a dream deferred might "dry up/like a raisin in the sun."

Ogden Farmers' Library

2/13/2017,  7 - 8:30 pm
Age Level: Adult

One Like the Sea: Frederick Douglass' Global Search for Democracy & Equality, 1886-1887

After suffering the loss of his Rochester home due to arson, Frederick Douglass sailed for Europe and Africa in search of democracy and equality. Verdis Robinson, Public Scholar, will help us explore Douglass' own words written in a diary kept during the voyage. Though his travels left him discouraged as he witnessed the global reach of racism, Douglass' activism inspired a new generation to fight for equality. This program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities' Public Scholars Program. Registration is requested.

For a full list of our programs and events please visit MCLS website here