Black History Month

Celebrate Black history in January and February with in-person and virtual programs.

We’re limiting the number of customers who can attend our programs to ensure social distancing.
Ask a staff member if you have questions.

Masks are required to enter our buildings.
Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask.

Thursday, Jan. 13

Happy Birthday, Martin!

Celebrate Dr. King’s birthday at a party featuring architect Jonathan Moody. All ages.

Martin Luther King Branch | 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 14

Storytime: Happy Birthday, Dr. King!

Join us for a virtual Storytime all about Dr. King’s dream of equality and celebrating differences. Ages 0-5. Visit facebook.com/columbuslibrary.

Virtual | 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

African American Spotlight

Join our African American Special Collections Librarian Nicole Sutton as we explore Black history in Columbus. All ages. Register here.

Virtual | 12 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Teens Create

Explore Black history through art, artists and hands-on creations. Ages 12-17.

 Franklinton Branch | 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 3

West African Rhythm with Sogbety

Explore West Africa with Sogbety Diomande, native of the Ivory Coast, through drumming and dance, colorful costumes, musical instruments, rhythms and songs. All ages.

Barnett Branch | 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 5

Thiossane Institute: West African Dance

We’ll explore West African dance and its links to music today. All ages.

Main Library | 1 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 5

Science: Let’s React!

Celebrate African American achievements in science. We’ll discover brilliant scientists while conducting exciting experiments. Ages 5-11.

Canal Winchester Branch | 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 5

Urban Strings Community Concert

The youth string ensemble will perform inspiring music from popular African American composers. All ages.

Linden Branch | 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 7

West African Rhythm with Sogbety

Explore West Africa with Sogbety Diomande, native of the Ivory Coast, through drumming and dance, colorful costumes, musical instruments, rhythms and songs. All ages.

Parsons Branch | 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Tuskegee Airman: Author Talk and Q&A

Dr. Harold Brown will recount his service as a combat pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. All ages. Register here.

Virtual | 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Science: Let’s React!

Celebrate African American achievements in science. We’ll discover brilliant scientists while conducting exciting experiments. Ages 5-11.

New Albany Branch | 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Singing, Drumming and Dancing with BabaaRitah

Celebrate African history, unity and culture. Participate in song, dance and drumming from West Africa. Express yourself, share and have fun making music. All ages.

Martin Luther King Branch | 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Hip-Hop Dance with BHB

Dance to some beats and learn to perfect your moves in this hip-hop class. Ages 7-17.

Karl Road Branch | 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 10

West African Rhythm with Sogbety

Explore West Africa with Sogbety Diomande, native of the Ivory Coast, through drumming and dance, colorful costumes, musical instruments, rhythms and songs. All ages.

South High Branch | 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 11

Art Afternoon with Ohio Craft Museum

We’ll explore the life and works of Columbus artist Elijah Pierce and make a wooden sculpture in his style. Ages 7-17.

Linden Branch | 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 12

Urban Strings Community Concert

The youth string ensemble will perform inspiring music from popular African American composers. All ages.

Hilliard Branch | 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 14

Singing, Drumming and Dancing with BabaaRitah

Celebrate African history, unity and culture. Participate in song, dance and drumming from West Africa. Express yourself, share and have fun making music. All ages.

Whitehall Branch | 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 14

Science: Let’s React!

Celebrate African American achievements in science. We’ll discover brilliant scientists while conducting exciting experiments. Ages 5-11.

Shepard Branch | 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 15

Origins of Hip-Hop with BHB

Celebrate the history of hip-hop music and its positive contributions to the community with live break dancing and music. Ages 12-17.

Martin Luther King Branch | 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Origins of Hip-Hop with BHB

Celebrate the history of hip-hop music and its positive contributions to the community with live break dancing and music. Ages 12-17.

Northern Lights Branch | 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 17

Columbus’ Black Newspapers

Join African American Special Collections Librarian Nicole Sutton to discover historic African American-owned and operated newspapers in Columbus. All ages. Register here. 

Virtual | 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 18

Art Afternoon with Ohio Craft Museum

We’ll explore the life and works of Columbus artist Aminah Robinson and make our own art about our lives and communities. Ages 7-17.

Linden Branch | 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 19

Turtle Shell Tales with Lyn Ford

Enjoy African and African American tales of the folksy and fabled turtle and tortoise by storyteller Lyn Ford. Ages 0-6.

Main Library | 11 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 19

Urban Strings Community Concert

The youth string ensemble will perform inspiring music from popular African American composers. All ages.

Northside Branch | 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 21

Teen Trivia

Bring your competitive spirit and show what you know! Learn about people and events that shaped history. Ages 12-17.

Driving Park Branch | 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Street Magic with Rory Rennick

Join Rory Rennick for an interactive street magic performance filled with illusions and comedy. Ages 12-17.

Martin Luther King Branch | 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Staff Picks Live: African American Authors

Join us as we discuss our favorite African American authors and the books they’ve written. Bring your own recommendations! All ages. Register here.

Virtual | 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Hip-Hop Dance with BHB

Dance to some beats and learn to perfect your moves in this hip-hop class. Ages 7-17.

Driving Park Branch | 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

“If You Can’t Fly”: Folktales with Lyn Ford

Dr. King’s quotation becomes the focal point for retelling ancient, thought-provoking tales of clever heroes in challenging circumstances. All ages.

Gahanna Branch | 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 24

Affrilachian Folktales with Lyn Ford

Hear African American folktales, fables and fool tales, filled with humor and heart, from the hills and valleys of Appalachia. All ages.

Northern Lights Branch | 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 24

Origins of Hip-Hop with BHB

Celebrate the history of hip-hop music and its positive contributions to the community with live break dancing and music. Ages 12-17.

South High Branch | 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 24

African American Genealogy with Nicka Sewell-Smith

Discover ways you can identify your free or enslaved ancestors and learn how DNA is helping families torn apart by slavery. All ages. Register here.

Virtual | 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 26

Urban Strings Community Concert

The youth string ensemble will perform inspiring music from popular African American composers. All ages.

Reynoldsburg Branch | 2 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 27

Urban Strings Community Concert

The youth string ensemble will perform inspiring music from popular African American composers. All ages.

Main Library | 2 p.m.

Download our Black History Month program flier.

Black History Month
Discovery Quest

Stop in throughout February and uncover the past while exploring the library. Discover people and events that shaped history. Ages 7 & up.

Offered at most locations. Ask staff for details.