The Cobb County Public Library System is honoring the contributions and lasting legacies of African Americans throughout history with events during January and February. All events are free and open to the public.
The highlight of the library system’s celebration will be the second-annual African American History Month Gala on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library. This informal event will feature performances by the Zion Liturgical Dancers, the AL Burruss Unity Drummers, the South Cobb High School Steppers, saxophonist Ravan Durr and special readings by Deane Bonner.
Other events for adults include:
Jan. 31: African American Genealogy Presentation. 6:30 p.m., Central Library. Carolyn Crawford, head of the library system’s Georgia Room, will highlight specific tools for researching genealogy, including online databases and local resources.
Feb. 2: Author Visit: Shelia P. Moses. 3:30 p.m., Vinings Library (4290 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta). Shelia Moses will discuss her background and how she researched and wrote several of her historical fiction novels for young readers. She will also take questions from the audience and do a book-signing. Books will be for sale through the Friends of the Library.
Feb. 6: Film Screening: The Help. 5:30 p.m., Central Library. PG-13, 146 minutes. An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid's point of view on the white families for which they work and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. Film based on the book. Part of the Monday evening film series.
Feb. 13: Author Visit: Alisha Thomas Morgan. 5:45 p.m., Stratton Library. Join a discussion of No Apologies: Powerful Lessons in Life, Love, and Politics with author and State House Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan.
Events for children and families include:
Feb. 3: African American History Month Story Time. 3:30 p.m., South Cobb Regional Library. Stories, songs and fun.
Feb. 4: Family Craft Program. 11 a.m., West Cobb Regional Library. Drop in for a fun craft; this week’s theme is African masks. On Feb. 20, the craft will be Underground Railroad Quilt Squares.
Begins Feb. 4: Film Festival. 3:30 p.m., West Cobb Regional Library. Each Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in February the library will screen a different family-oriented movie. Movie titles include: Daddy Day Care (Feb. 4); Akeelah and the Bee (Feb. 11); Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Feb. 18); and The Princess and the Frog (Feb. 25).
Feb. 22 and 29: Special Programs. 4:15 p.m., East Cobb Library. A special story time will be held on Feb. 22 and a series of short films on Feb. 29.
Feb. 29: African American History Month Bingo. 3:30 p.m., West Cobb Regional Library. School age children are invited to play games and win small prizes.