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Boston Public Libraries to host a number of events in observance of Black History Month

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 25, 2013 11:49 AM

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The Boston Public Library will host a number of events throughout February in observance of Black History Month.

The events, which include films, crafts, and activities for all age groups, will be held at library branches throughout the city, including the central Copley Branch.

Below are some highlights provided by BPL. For more information about libraries in your neighborhood or for more information about upcoming events, click here.


•African Mask Making. For children ages 6-12, a program on African mask making is offered at sixteen different BPL locations. Young people will create a paper mache mask with Behind the Mask Studio Artists who will display samples, discuss techniques, and guide creativity.

•Harriet Tubman: I Can’t Die But Once. For families with children ages 11 and older, storyteller Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti (pictured right) performs Harriet Tubman: I Can't Die But Once at seven locations including the East Boston, Faneuil, Dudley, Lower Mills, West Roxbury, Orient Heights, and Grove Hall branches. Told in the oral tradition, Quezaire-Presutti will present the life and times of Harriet Tubman in a 45-minute presentation including how Harriet Tubman operated as a scout and spy of the Union Army, and was possibly the first American woman to work on the battlefields of the Civil War. This program is sponsored by the City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library.

•Author Calvin Alexander Ramsey will share readings from his book, Ruth and the Green Book, on Saturday, February 9, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library in Copley Square. RSVPs are required for this free event sponsored by the Associates of the Boston Public Library.

•Central Library Film Series. The Central Library in Copley Square hosts a trio of Monday evening films celebrating African American Actors in February with screenings of To Wong Fu, The Preacher’s Wife, and Hotel Rwanda. The films are shown at 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall on February 4, 11, and 25. The Central Library is located at 700 Boylston Street.

•Dudley Branch Film Series. The Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library hosts a Wednesday afternoon film series during the month of February. All films relate to the theme “at the crossroads of freedom and equality” and will be shown at 3 p.m. on February 6, 13, 20, and 27. The movie titles are Glory, The Long Walk Home, Do the Right Thing, and Pariah. The Dudley Branch is located at 65 Warren Street in Roxbury.

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