Black History Month at Maplewood Library
February is Black History Month, and the Library is presenting some exciting programs:
Making Opera Soup with Lori Mirabal
Saturday, January 27 2:00 pm at Main Library
Making Opera Soup is an interactive introduction to the ingredients required to make an opera happen. Presented by opera singer Lori Brown Mirabal, author of the book From Soul Singing to Opera Soup. Lori will sing, read, and get kids excited about opera. Copies of the book will be available for sale. For families and children ages 5 and up.
Kids Speak Out
Saturday, February 3 2:00 pm at Main Library
Join us as we celebrate the work of students in our local elementary schools as they speak out about Black History, show off their artwork and read their poetry. Refreshments will be served.
Art & Music Reception
Saturday, February 10 3:00 pm at Main Library
A reception to celebrate our Black History Month exhibit, jazz photography by Patrick Hilaire. Live music will be provided by the performing arts group Ahmondylla Best & Wogbledoe. Ahmondylla Best’s music draws on global ritual, Native American, African as well as a personal and inherited American experience. She is a visual artist and musician, author and composer, storyteller, performer, choreographer, filmmaker, director, and educator.
Edu-tainment (e-dyu-‘tain-ment) noun: Fun Learning
Tuesday, February 13 4:30 pm at Hilton Branch
Join our lively celebration of Black History Month circling Africa, America and the Caribbean with drumming, storytelling, dance and a PowerPoint presentation of inventors and scientists. Enjoy a tasty snack, too! Fun for everyone. Presented by Katherine Hilaire.
Special Black History Month Screening: Egypt Uncovered
Saturday, February 24 10:00 am at Main Library
Recent technological advances illuminates one of history’s most fascinating African cultures. Egypt Uncovered reveals newly discovered monuments to fallen kings and structures connected to the great pyramids, providing information about one of Africa’s greatest civilizations and documenting the black-African foundation of this civilization. The film shows how Egypt provided some of the earliest developments of writing, agriculture, urbanization, organized religion and centralized government. An informative discussion will be held following the screening. Presented by Maplewood Library and NAACP Oranges and Maplewood Unit.
Telling the Story of Harlan Joseph: a Special Black History Month Talk
Monday, February 26 7:00 pm at Main Library
In the days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., violence erupted across the US. The details of how those nights of violence played out in Trenton—the lootings, fires and arrests—are the subject of Purcell Carson’s forthcoming documentary, which focuses on the story of one African-American teenager, Harlan Joseph, who was accidentally shot and killed by a Trenton police officer. This talk offers a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the documentary film – a film that traces the details of Joseph’s life and death – and an opportunity to discuss the way the past still resonates today.
Purcell Carson is a documentary filmmaker and lecturer in Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. As an editor, she’s served as a lead creative partner on award-winning, social issue documentaries, receiving numerous honors, including a 2009 Oscar. For the past four years, Carson’s Princeton seminar, “Documentary Film and the City” has used film to explore urban issues in Trenton. This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Teen Zone Trivia
Mondays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26 3:30-4:30 pm at Main Library
Answer a Black History Month trivia question correctly and win a prize!