Black History is found in many ways at the library!

February celebrates Black History Month in the United States. On Monday, February 18th, Fountaindale Public Library will also be celebrating with a day of relevant movies! You are off of school that day so come join us in Main Meeting Room A from 12:00noon- 8:00pm. These movies are drop-ins – you can stay the whole day or feel free to just drop-in for a little while. Light snacks will be provided. Please note that anyone 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

And while you’re here, continue honoring Black History by picking up a book that depicts a story within this culture. So many great titles to choose from – here are a few suggestions…

finding my place
“Finding My Place” by Traci JonesAfter moving to an affluent suburb of Denver in 1975, ninth-grader Tiphanie feels lonely at her nearly all-white high school until she befriends another “outsider” and discovers that prejudice exists in many forms.

“We Could Be Brothers by Derrick BarnesTwo eighth-graders from very different backgrounds, Robeson “Crease” Battlefield and Pacino Clapton, discover in afterschool detention that they have a great deal in common.

“Forge” by Laurie Halse AndersonSeparated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.

“The Cruisers” by Walter Dean MyersFriends Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi, caught in the middle of a mock Civil War at DaVinci Academy, learn the true cost of freedom of speech when they use their alternative newspaper, The Cruiser, to try to make peace.

“Ninth Ward” by Jewell Parker RhodesIn New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

Also, it’s that time of year when you might be asked to do a special project or a book report regarding Black History – look no further if you’re stumped for a topic or a person to read about – we have a great database available through our website that can help you with this! You can do this from home or when you stop by the library.
Just go online at:, click on the Resources tab, choose databases – then alphabetical – then A-D, and you will be brought to the first in the list called African-American History Online. It’s a comprehensive collection of biographies, timelines, events and topics and more about African Americans!

Bring a little insight to your life as to what we recognize, honor and celebrate during Black History Month!

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