Black History Month Events

*** Black History Month Trivia! ***


Beauchamp Branch

Black Birth Songs: A Writing Workshop
Saturday, February 2
3:00-4:30 pm

Free Vision Screening 
For 55 and Older
Wednesday February 6
11am-1pm

Solving African American Genealogy Mysteries 
With Brenda Muhammad
Thursday, February 7
6-7pm    

Black Migrations: A Journey through Music Arts 
With Dr. Joan Hillsman
Saturday, February 9
2:00-4:30 pm

I Will Survive – A Disaster Preparedness Presentation
Tuesday, February 12
5:00-7:00 pm

The Syracuse Idol Competition 
Saturday, February 16
11:00-2:00 pm 
(open to ages 15-and up). 
Host: Brenda Lee Jones, MS. Ed.

Enactment of Frederick Douglas and Hugh Masekela 
Tuesday, February 16
3:00-4:30 pm

Poetry Performance and Workshop with Duane Reese
Tuesday, February 19
6:00-7:15 pm

Black History Button Making
Thursday, February 21
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Celebrate Black History month by making wearable buttons featuring pictures and quotes from African Americans.


Betts Branch

Movie Monday: Black Panther
Monday, February 25
2:45 p.m.

Join us for movies and snacks! We will be showing Black Panther. Run-time: 2 hours, 15 minutes. MPAA rating: PG-13. Common Sense Media says 12 and older. Call the library for further details: 315-435-1940.


Hazard Branch

Black History Month Fact Find
All Day, all month long

Grab our list of questions about historical and famous African Americans and a pencil then search our Children’s Corner to find the answer to each question on a red heart. Once you have answered all the questions, hand your sheet with your name on it to a staff member and pick a prize from our treasure chest! You can do this Fact Find once a week for a prize and each week we will have new questions. For ages 5-12.


Mundy Branch

After School Adventures: Black History Month
Monday, February 4
3:30 p.m.

Learn about the amazing people who fought for equal rights in America. Ages 8-13


Paine Branch

Artwork by Amiah Crisler
Throughout February

Amiah Crisler (@artsyamiah), an 11 year old local artist, will display her paintings at Paine Branch Library throughout February. Amiah’s artistic career began at the age of 5. This past summer Amiah won first place in her age division and People’s Choice Award for the Syracuse New Times 28th Annual Street Painting Festival when she created a colorful dog, Sherbert using sidewalk chalk. In addition, Amiah’s dinosaur-inspired artwork can be found in the MOST’s Dinomania exhibit. Amiah is also one of the 12 local artists that have been selected to create a mural, which will be displayed in Downtown Syracuse.

Adult Movie Night
Monday, February 4 
5:00 p.m.

In honor of Black History Month, we invite you to join us for a special screening of the film 42, the inspiring story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play for a Major League baseball team. Snacks provided. Seating will be available, but we encourage you to bring a comfy blanket and/or bean bag to rest on as you enjoy the movie!

Kids Movie Screening
Saturday, February 9 
2:00 p.m.

It’s Black History Month, and we’re celebrating diversity and inclusion with the screening of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella! Enjoy the movie and a snack courtesy of Paine. Seating will be available, but we encourage you to bring a comfy blanket and/or bean bag to rest on as you enjoy the movie! This film is rated G by MPAA.

Black History Bingo
Monday, February 11 
6:00 p.m.

Play, learn, take home a prize! Celebrate Black History Month at Paine with a special game of bingo focused on Black history. Learn important facts related to Black history as you compete with other players to get bingo! The first three players to get bingo take a home a prize. Snacks provided.

An Afternoon With Artsy Amiah
Saturday, February 23
1:00 p.m.

Enjoy a live painting demonstration by our featured artist of the month, 11 year-old, Amiah Crisler, and compete in a chalk art contest to see who can best replicate Amiah’s award-winning chalk design, Sherbert. The winner will take home a special prize!

Family Movie Night
Monday, February 25
5:00 p.m.

It’s a family affair! In honor of Black History Month, enjoy the award-winning story of triumph, Akeelah and the Bee. Snacks provided. Seating will be available, but we encourage you to bring a comfy blanket and/or bean bag to rest on as you enjoy the movie!

Teen Movie Night
Tuesday, February 26 
4:45 p.m.

As we celebrate Black culture during Black History Month, we invite you to join us for a screening of Marvel’s Black Panther. Snacks provided. Seating will be available, but we encourage you to bring a comfy blanket and/or bean bag to rest on as you enjoy the movie!


Petit Branch

The Activity Table is Back!
February 19 – February 23

Celebrate Black History Month with a drop in craft! Create your very own Freedom Quilt using triangles and squares and learn what the quilts were used for.