2024 Black History Month

Our History, Our Future. Black History Month.

The Long Beach Public Library is proud to announce the launch of "Our History, Our Future," a month-long celebration dedicated to honoring and showcasing the richness of Black history and culture. These vibrant events will feature a series of thought-provoking and inspiring activities that highlight Black love, self-identity, self-care, art, and joy within the Black community.

The festivities will commence on Saturday, Feb. 3, with a dynamic “Black Excellence Professional Development Day” taking place at Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway) from 1 to 4 PM. The professional development day, tailored for Black professionals, will include a networking hour, live music, resume-building sessions, and professional headshot opportunities. This event aims to foster connections, provide valuable career insights, and empower Black professionals in their respective fields.

As the month unfolds with a variety of events for all ages – including special performances by the amazing CHAZZ, a musical safari with African djembe drums, and Special Storytime with guest author C.M. Harris – the celebration will reach its pinnacle with a Black Voices Open Mic event on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 12 to 3 PM at Burnett Neighborhood Library (560 E. Hill St. 90806). All ages are welcome to join this inclusive gathering, where attendees can listen to Black artists share their experiences, express their creativity, and celebrate the richness of Black culture. The open mic event will feature talented poets and provide a platform for individuals to share their own stories, fostering a sense of community and unity.

The Long Beach Public Library invites the community to join in this inspiring celebration of Black history and culture. For more information on events throughout the month, please visit the events calendar and filter results to: Category; Black History Month. No registration is required to participate.


Featured Programs

February 3
Black Excellence Professional Development Day @ BJK Main Library

February 3
Author Charity Harris @ BJK Main Library

February 7
Teen Game Day: Jeopardy @ Los Altos Library

February 14
Black History Month Quilt Art @ El Dorado Library

February 16
BHM African Drums @ Dana Library

February 20
Jazz & Bingo @ Dana Library

February 21
Craft It Out: Paint Like Alma Thomas @ Mark Twain Library

February 24
Black Voices Open Mic @ Burnett Library


Educational Activities and Games

Enjoy BHM activities at the Library or at home with friends and family. Visit any Long Beach Public Library and ask for a free print out or download the PDFs.


Special Edition Buttons

When you attend our Black History Month (BHM) events, each LBPL location will give away one of our BHM collectible buttons. Visit a program at each of our locations to collect all 6 buttons.
Six circular images featuring Black people of all ages.


Booklist

Search BHM2024 in the library catalog to check out items from the booklist!


Children


  • I’m From by Gary R. Gray Jr.
  • When I Wrap My Hair by Shauntay Grant
  • Big by Vashti Harrison
  • The Coolest Beard by Betty Tekle
  • Curlfriends: New In Town by Sharee Miller
  • Conjure Island by Eden Royce
  • Alex Wise vs. The End of the World by Terry J. Benton-Walker
  • Major Taylor: World Cycling Champion by Charles R. Smith Jr.
  • The Artivist by Nikkolas Smith

Teens


  • Nigeria Jones by Ibi Zoboi
  • Bright Red Fruit by Safia Elhillo
  • The King Is Dead by Benjamin Dean
  • All These Sunken Souls: A Black Horror Anthology edited by Circe Moskowitz
  • Delicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury
  • A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney
  • Chaos Theory by Nic Stone
  • Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert
  • Vinyl Moon by Mahogany L. Browne
  • Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds
  • The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
  • Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

Adults


Fiction
  • We Are A Haunting by Tyriek White
  • All The Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby
  • A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams
  • Lone Women by Victor LaValle
  • No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull
  • Maame by Jessica George
  • Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
Nonfiction
  • Why Fathers Cry at Night: A Memoir in Love Poems, Recipes, and Remembrances by Kwame Alexander
  • Ordinary Notes by Christina Sharpe
  • How To Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair
  • The New Black West: Photographs from America's Only Touring Black Rodeo by Gabriela Hasbun
  • Gullah Geechee Home Cooking: Recipes from the Matriarch of Edisto Island by Emily Meggett

Cultural programming is made possible by the generous support of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation.