Join ICPL in Honoring Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom and History

We invite everyone to join the Iowa City Public Library in commemorating Juneteenth! This significant holiday marks the day the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, and is often referred to as African American Emancipation Day.

In Iowa City, Mayor Bruce Teague signed a proclamation in 2021, officially recognizing Juneteenth as an observed holiday. 

IC Teens Explore: Juneteenth through Food and Music Evolution
Wednesday, June 19, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Teen Center
Learn about the history and significance of Juneteenth as you sip on hibiscus tea, nibble on red velvet cake and barbeque food. We'll also look at African American music in America since emancipation and play a few rounds of trivia for prizes.

Explore Juneteenth Resources
hoopla*: Explore the Juneteenth Collection
Commemorate Juneteenth 2024 with a diverse range of books, comics, movies, and music that honor this significant holiday. From emotional reads to soul-stirring music and thought-provoking films, reflect on the end of slavery in the USA with these selections. hoopla offers access to a vast collection of books, videos, and music, all free with your Library resident card. Borrow, stream, and download content on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and more.

Libby*: America’s First Juneteenth: A Reflection Reading List Juneteenth Book Recommendations
Explore a collection of books to read on Juneteenth and all year long to reflect on the history of the African American experience. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans who had been enslaved in the United States.

Kanopy*: Explore Kanopy's Juneteenth Collection Today we celebrate freedom!
This Juneteenth, we commemorate 159 years of emancipation. Kanopy has curated a collection on slavery and the lasting impacts it has made on our society. View the collection on Kanopy with your Iowa City Public Library card.

Reading for Juneteenth: A Journey through History and Legacy with ICPL: ICPL Juneteenth Reading List Celebrate Juneteenth National Freedom Day with the Iowa City Public Library! Dive into the history and legacy of the abolition of slavery, and explore the experiences of those who lived through it. Anne Mangano, our Collection Services Coordinator, has curated a thoughtful reading list to guide your journey. Discover powerful stories and essential histories that shed light on this pivotal moment in American history. Check out the full list and start reading today.

Juneteenth: Black History and Culture Display at Iowa City Public Library
Stop by the 2nd floor by the Info Desk at the Iowa City Public Library to explore our special display celebrating Black history and culture. We've curated a collection of powerful books that honor the legacy and contributions of the Black community. Discover titles like "Lift Every Voice," "The Movement Made Us," "Black Futures," and many more. Let's celebrate freedom and heritage together! 

Join us in honoring this pivotal moment in American history through engaging activities, educational resources, and a shared commitment to understanding and celebrating freedom.

*Note: The indicated resources are only available to those with resident, temporary, or AIM student card types.
People living in Iowa City, Hills, University Heights, Lone Tree, or rural Johnson County are eligible for a resident card.
If you don't have a permanent address in the service area but will be living here for one to eight weeks, you can apply for a temporary card at the Help Desk.
AIM Student:
Students attending an Iowa City Community School District school can use their school-issued ID to check out materials. Learn more at the AIM Student Card website.



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