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. We celebrate Black History Month with a variety of programs, events, and displays for children, teens, adults, and families.

Upcoming events

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 5:00pm

Teen Center

Each Wednesday from 5-7 pm an art or craft project will be led by a member of the Teen Services Staff or a community specialist. All supplies will be provided and no experience is necessary. If you aren't able to make it to the program, the...

Teens Arts & Crafting

Saturday, February 4, 2023 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join Iowa author Abena Sankofa Imhotep for a storytime reading of her picture book, Omari's Big Tree and the Mighty Djembe! Abena loves to encourage children to use their minds, their hearts, and their imaginations. She has launched several...

Kids Families Author Visit Storytimes

Saturday, February 4, 2023 - 4:00pm

Storytime Room

Alma Thomas, a Black American artist who lived from 1891 to 1978, was the first graduate of Howard University's Fine Arts program in 1924 and is now recognized as a major American painter of the 20th century. She is best known for the colorful...

Tweens Arts & Crafting

Sunday, February 5, 2023 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

To celebrate Valentine's Day and Black History Month, we will create collage heart mosaics based on the art style of black artist Alma Thomas. She is known around the world for her vibrant colored abstractions made after she turned 60 years old...

Tweens Kids Families Arts & Crafting

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A

The 2022 documentary Descendant, follows the descendants of the survivors of the schooner Clotilda, the last known American slave ship to smuggle West African slaves into the US was discovered in 2019. These descendants, many of whom live today in...

Adults Movies

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - 5:00pm

Teen Center

Each Wednesday from 5-7 pm an art or craft project will be led by a member of the Teen Services Staff or a community specialist. All supplies will be provided and no experience is necessary. If you aren't able to make it to the program, the...

Teens Arts & Crafting

Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 7:00pm

Online

In honor of Black History Month, the Office of Equity and Human Rights and the Iowa City Public Library are hosting a virtual book discussion, on Passing by Nella Larsen. The virtual discussion will be facilitated by Abena Sankofa Imhotep, Director...

Adults Book Discussion

Friday, February 17, 2023 - 4:00pm

Storytime Room

Local Author Michelle Edwards will be visiting ICPL to share her newest book Me and the Boss: a Story about Mending and Love, a funny and oh-so-true portrait of a brother and sister’s relationship. Lee and his older sister Zora are learning how to...

Tweens Kids Families Arts & Crafting Author Visit Guest Speaker

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - 6:00pm

Online

Join us for our February meeting, co-sponsored by the City of Iowa City Office of Equity & Human Rights, where we'll discuss Alice Randall's novel Black Bottom Saints. Described as "An enthralling literary tour-de-force that pays tribute to...

Adults Book Discussion

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 4:00pm

Storytime Room

Book to Art Club is the last Wednesday of every month for preschool through 2nd Grade. Each month we will read a picture book and create custom art inspired by the story! To celebrate Black History Month, we will read a picture book about famous...

Kids Arts & Crafting