February is Black History Month and the Public Libraries of Saginaw will be offering many ways to celebrate the rich African American history and culture that inspires us daily.
The libraries will be hosting the following Black History events throughout the month:
Spin an African Tale
Hoyt Library, 505 Janes, - Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
Children ages 5 through 12 are invited to this hour of crafts, music, and African folktales. Adult supervision is required for any child under the age of 7.
Book club discussion of "The Nickel Boys" by Colson Whitehead
Butman-Fish Library, 1716 Hancock, - Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.
Join Maria McCarville, Director of the Public Libraries of Saginaw, as she leads this contemporary book club for adults on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. This month’s selection was chosen with Black History Month in mind. Join us!
Library Story Quilt
Wickes Library, 1713 Hess, - Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
Children will design a quilt square that is based on the Caldecott Honor book "Tar Beach" by Faith Ringgold. We will read the book, then the children will have a chance to design their own quilt square to be displayed in our library. Children under 7 need an adult helper.
VR Voyages: Black History Month Quest
Butman-Fish Library - Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.
Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to Butman-Fish Library for a Black History Month quest through time with our new virtual reality equipment. Plus, they will also make an awesome craft! Space is limited. Children under 7 need an adult helper.
Children’s Story Time: Celebrate African American History
Zauel Library, 3100 N. Center, - Feb. 15 at 10:30 a.m.
In recognition of Black History Month, we will be sharing stories, songs, and poems by and about notable African Americans.Children of all ages are invited to our story time for 30 minutes of read aloud stories, fingerplays, and fun!
Saturday Matinee: "Harriet"
Hoyt Library - Feb. 15 at 11 a.m.
Join us for a free screening of the 2019 film "Harriet", the incredible true story of Harriet Tubman and her quest to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Rated: PG-13. Runtime: 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Black History Month 3D Pendants
Wickes Library - Feb. 20 from Noon until 6 p.m.
Visit Wickes Library between Noon and 6 p.m. to watch the library’s 3D printer construct wearable art. You will have your choice of three pendants (lion's head, elephant, or African continent) printed by our 3D machine. Take one home with you! Supplies will be limited.
Tween & Teen Virtual Reality: Civil Rights
Butman-Fish Library - Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.
As part of Black History Month, teens and tweens are invited to take a Virtual Reality “trip” to the Lowndes Interpretative Center in Alabama and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement. A documentary film about this period in history will also be shown.
Movie Night: "Hidden Figures"
Zauel Library - Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Join us as we present the 2016 film "Hidden Figures," based on the untold true story of three brilliant African American women that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history; the launch of John Glenn into orbit. Rated: PG. Runtime: 2 hours and 7 minutes.
Book Club discussion of "The Color Purple"
Wickes Library - Feb. 29 at 2 p.m.
Join us once a month on a Saturday as we explore various topics related to the Wickes book selection of the month. Please note that the book club will meet on a variety of Saturdays throughout the month. This month’s title is "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker.
In addition, make sure to pick up your copy of the Public Libraries of Saginaw's 2020 Black History Month Book List. The list is full of recently-published inspirational and thought-provoking titles for all ages.