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Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration that recognizes the achievements and importance of Black voices and perspectives in Canada and the world. Join us at the library for special programming, and explore themed book lists featuring Black characters and perspectives.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow Exhibit

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow is a powerful art exhibition presented by Nigerian-Canadian artist Ehiko Odeh. The exhibit explores symbols of memory and healing in Black communities. It's on display at Central Branch in the Glass Case Gallery until Feb. 24.

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LifeSpeak Spotlights Black Experts, Instructors, and More

In honour of Black History Month, the wellness digital resource LifeSpeak is featuring Black experts, perspectives, and resources to help with breaking down racial barriers and creating safe spaces in your life and workplace. Watch videos, read articles, and get tips to support your well-being. Simply log in with your membership card and enter access id: lifespeak to get started. 

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Virtual Author Events

Feb. 1: Kesha Christie (Special virtual event for students and teachers; Grades 1–5)
This presentation define folktales and their role in preserving history and lessons. It also highlight the unique blends of cultures in the Caribbean and the impact of folklore and great stories. Presented in collaboration with public libraries in Durham and York Regions. Educators in Richmond Hill can register their classes by emailing Zoom. Feb. 1 / 10–11 a.m.

Feb. 20: Jason Mott; Exploring Identity, Love, and Being Black in America in Fiction Writing
New York Times bestselling author Mott discusses his adult novel Hell of a Book, a work that is deeply honest, at times electrically funny, and goes to the heart of racism, police violence, and the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans and America as a whole. This virtual author talk is presented in partnership with the Library Speakers’ Consortium. Zoom. Feb. 20/4pm. Learn More.

Feb. 22:  Kern Carter 
Toronto born Kern Carter, author of Boys and Girls Screaming, shares the pain and joy behind his book’s creative process as well as his personal journey of becoming a writer. Presented in collaboration with public libraries in Durham and York Regions. Ages: Adults. Teens welcome. Zoom. Feb. 22 / 7-8 p.m. Register here.

OverDrive eBook Collection

Explore our Black History Month collections with recommended reads for kids, teens, and adults. Plus, check out best bets below from our catalogue.