Black History Month

In the United States, the month of February is observed as Black History Month and we use the month to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation's history. The Iowa City Public Library celebrates Black History month with a variety of programs, events and displays for children, teens, adults and families.

Upcoming events

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 4:00pm

Storytime Room

Author/ Illustrator Bryan Collier has created several beloved Children’s books, and is a four-time recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Martin's Big Words, Rosa, Dave the Potter, and Trombone Shorty. Collier uses a unique technique of...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present...

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2:00pm

Storytime Room

Celebrate Black history month by learning about Garrett Morgan and Dr. Patricia Bath. We'll make paper models of their most famous inventions, traffic lights and eye-healing lasers.

Sunday Fun Days are designed for children and their...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 4:00pm

Storytime Room

Discover the story of Mae C. Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space. Then create constellation embroidery art to take home.