Black Heritage Month at KPL

Post by Ellie, Information Services & Marketing Staff

Celebrate Black Heritage Month in 2022 with Kitchener Public Library! Here are all of the booklists, resources and programs we have available for kids and adults throughout the month:

Check out this special blog post for parents and educators by local anti-racist educator and activist Selam Debs
called “Talking to Kids and Youth about Antiracism and Black Liberation”.
Pick up a hand-selected bundle of books by Black authors at any Kitchener Public Library branch.
Search our book selections for Black Heritage Month with the tag #Blackvoices in our catalogue.
Explore an amazing selection of music, films, articles and books that celebrate Black stories and experiences
from the comfort of your home for free with your library card.
Join us on February 9th for Reading Central Book Club. This month we will discuss An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, which Barack Obama describes as “A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.” 
On February 19th celebrate Black Heritage Month with your whole family as Chef Arielle Neils walks you through making Trinidadian Coconut Sweetbread that you can enjoy together. Register here and the recipe will be sent to you in advance of the program so you can prepare your ingredients ahead of time. Join us, and celebrate!
On Thursday February 24th at 7pm join The Congress of Black Women, Waterloo Region and Kitchener Public Library to welcome legendary author Lawrence Hill, who will speak about his debut novel for young readers, Beatrice and Croc Harry.
Register for this event here.
Join BrainSTEM for these programs highlighting Black Innovators for kids from grades 1-8!
Register below then pick up your kits in advance at Central Library.
Wednesday February 23, 6:30pm: Grades 4 – 6: Energy & Robotics 
Thursday February 24, 6:30pm: Grades 7 – 8: Data Mining & Algorithms 
Saturday February 26, 10am: Grades 1 – 3: Vision & Images
One of the most fun events you will participate in this year! Join Binty & Bintou from the Afro-Tribal dancers on Saturday February 26 at 2pm for this interactive and inspiring workshop in celebration of Black Heritage Month. Afro-Tribal Dance is based on different dance styles within the African continent, predominantly the West African region. During this hour-long session participants will watch a live demonstration and learn an easy-to-follow routine. Open to all ages. Register here.