The Library has welcomed a variety of enriching multicultural programs in recent years, including the 2014 Changing America series with scholars and the Brown sisters of Brown v. Board of Education, and the recent Latino Americans series.
In February we again invite the public to learn more about the culture and contributions of African-Americans throughout history. Here’s a sample of upcoming programs and exhibits.
Let’s Celebrate Our History With Books! Friday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m., for infants-age 6 in the Midtown Carnegie Branch Children’s Department. We’ll read stories by great African-American authors and illustrators.
Meet and Greet Celebration, Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Midtown Carnegie Branch. All ages are welcome to enjoy a diverse lineup of educational storytelling presentations that convey the legacy of “Hair-i-tage,” community and culture. The day features a Q&A with Dr. Sabrina Brinson, a Diversity Fellow and professor of Childhood Education and Family Studies at Missouri State University. She will talk about strategies to motivate reading in the community. Displays will include “Sunday Mornings,” “Saturday Night Socials” and “Moms’ Inventions.” Coordinated by Peoples Etiquette and the Library, in collaboration with the NAACP Springfield Branch and others.
With the Ironclads: Following the 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry Through the Civil War, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium. The 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry organized in the summer and fall of 1863. Join Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Librarian Jeff Patrick and Local History & Genealogy Department Manager Brian Grubbs as they follow these men from slaves to soldiers who earned their place in Civil War history.
February exhibits include Images and Books of African Culture and Art Honoring Black History Month at the Library Station; and Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memory, a slide show exhibit on the Park Central Branch digital billboard.
A March 12 event at the Midtown Carnegie Branch will also celebrate the history and culture of Springfield’s African-American community, with the History Museum on the Square and the NAACP Springfield Branch.
Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at email@example.com.