February is Black History Month!  Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans, honoring their central role in U.S. history, and recognizing their sacrifices.

At Joplin Public Library, we celebrate this month in various ways.  We have a list of recommended books, movies, and streaming documentaries we’re excited to share, and book and movie displays as well. 

We also host a Black History Fair.  This year’s event will take place in the Library’s Community Room on Saturday, February 10 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Janice “Mama” Katambwa is a storyteller who “puts the audience to work ” through audience participation, props, puppets, costumes, and musical instruments. Mrs. Katambwa will share stories focusing on friendship and African American traditions and culture. The storytelling presentation will begin at 11:00 am. 

Following this presentation, attendees may visit interactive displays and booths from the Library, community members, and local organizations. Participating organizations include the Emancipation Committee, George Washington Carver National Monument, EastTown Dreams District, and more.