Black History Month Programs at BPL to Put on Your Calendar Now

 The cover of the BPL's Black History Month Booklet 2023. It features a black back ground with the words Black in red, History in yellow, and Month in green.

Patrons have dozens of options to choose from as the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) celebrates Black History Month all month long. 

Here are several Black History Month programs at libraries across the City of Birmingham you may want to put on your calendar now. 

You can find our Black History Month 2023 booklet online on the home page of our website

Avondale Regional Branch Library
509 40th St S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Adult Programs

Black History Month Bookmark Drop-in/Take-home Adult Coloring Activity (All Month long)

Color your own bookmarks featuring quotes by Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman, and Sojourner Truth.
Club Create: Mixed Media Black History Month Mosaic

Wednesday, February 22 | Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Our Club Create workshops for adults feature a new craft project each week with instruction and materials provided.

Youth Programs

Time for Stories with Ms. Cas & Ms. Marie: It’s History

Thursday, February 16 | Starts at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a preschool storytime as we explore the rich world of African American heritage through stories, music, games, and more. Registration required. Call 205-787-1928 for more information and to register. 

The Crum Chip Challenge
Monday, February 20–Friday, February 24

African American chef George Speck “Crum” is often credited with creating one of the world’s favorite snacks—the potato chip. Drop by the library for a taste test and vote for your top chip choice. Let the crunching begin!

Central Library

2100 Park Pl, Birmingham, AL 35203

DNA Testing for African Ethnicities (Updated 2023)
Wednesday, February 15 | From 12:00–1:00 p.m.

DNA ethnicity testing may seem a simple and efficient way to identify your ancestral connection to the peoples and places of Sub-Saharan Africa, but what do you know about the types of tests that exist and the insights that they offer? Paul Boncella examines the current state of the science, lists the possibilities for African ethnicity testing, and explains what the various products actually deliver.

Soulful Sunday
Sunday, February 19 | Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Join the Central Library for the second program of the Winter Music Series, Soulful Sunday! Soulful Sunday is a music singing competition for choirs/groups and individuals. One gospel choir/group will win $500, and one soloist will win $200. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 205-226-3690.

Book Talk with Author Marcia Herman-Giddens
Saturday, February 25 | From 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Join author Marcia Herman-Giddens as she discusses her memoir, Unloose My Heart: A Personal Reckoning with the Twisted Roots of My Southern Family Tree. Her book interweaves the story of her youth and coming of age in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement with this quest to understand exactly who and what her maternal ancestors were and her obligations as a white woman within a broader sense of an American family.

East Ensley Branch Library
900 14th St Ensley, Birmingham, AL 35218

Thursday Matinee Featuring the Late Chadwick Boseman

Thursdays in February | Starts at 3:30 p.m.

The East Ensley Library will pay tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman during the month of February. Please join us on the following Thursdays:  Black Panther on February 16, and Wakanda Forever on February 23.

Make a Black History T-shirt to Celebrate Black History Month Thursday, February 9 | From 3:00–5:30 p.m.

Bring a clean, plain T-shirt to East Ensley Library and we will turn it into a shirt you can wear to celebrate Black History Month!

Five Points West Reginal Branch Library
4812 Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35208

Adult Programs

Saturday Matinee featuring the late Chadwick Boseman

Saturdays in February | Starts at 2:00 p.m.

The Five Points West Library will pay tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman during the month of February. Please join us on the following Saturdays:  Get On Up on February 11, Black Panther on February 18, and Wakanda Forever on February 25.

Supporting Black Health During Black History Month: Blood Pressure & Blood Glucose Checks

Wednesday, February 8 | From 12:30–4:30 p.m. 

African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes which increases the risk of having high blood pressure. The Dannon Project is partnering with the Birmingham Public Library to provide free blood pressure and blood glucose checks. Visit the Five Points West Library to check your levels. 

Black Love Matters Quilting featuring LeVerne Holbdy Little Wednesday, February 22 | Starts at 11:30 a.m. 

Quilting is a dying art form in the African American community. LeVerne Holbdy Little will share her passion for quilting in hopes she will inspire others to continue this craft. Ms. Little's work will be on display for the month of February.

Senior Valentine Day: Dinner & a Movie

Tuesday, February 14 | Starting at 5:30 p.m.

Join the Five Points West Library for Senior Valentine's Day Dinner and a Movie with a look at true black excellence featuring a Sidney Poitier Film. Due to limited space, this is a ticketed event and registration is required. Reserve your space on Eventbrite:

A Night of Jazz @ Five Points West Library
Friday, February 24 | Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Music has been an essential part of African American culture throughout history. Please join the Five Points West Library's tribute to jazz music featuring saxophonist Joshua Jones. Reserve your space on Eventbrite:

Youth Programs

Make a Black History T-Shirt to Celebrate Black History Month
All month long | From 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Bring a clean, plain T-shirt to the Youth Department during the month of February and we will turn it into a shirt you can wear to celebrate Black History Month!

North Avondale Branch Library

501 43rd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222

Black History in Color

All month long

Come learn about Black History in color! Two famous African Americans will be featured every week.

Martin Luther King Jr. Craft
Wednesday, February 8 |From 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Children will be able to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream. Then they will be able to write about their dreams and how to make the world better.

Picture Book of the Month Club: The Patchwork Quilt
Thursday, February 16 | Starts at 3:15 p.m.

Come in and hear a story about family, love, and legacy reflected in the creation of a quilt.

North Birmingham Regional Branch Library
2501 31st Ave N, Birmingham, AL35207

Adult Programs

Black Resistance Film Festival
Wednesdays in February | Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Starting Wednesday, February 1, join the North Birmingham Library to learn about social issues affecting African American society through movies inspired by people and events in black history.

Taste of Nigeria
Friday, February 24 | Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy a fashion show featuring an array of African styles while enjoying a sample of Nigerian Cuisine.

Youth Programs

Art Attack: African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement Era, & Beyond

Wednesday, February 15 | During business hours

Learn about African American artists whose work created pivotal changes in how blacks were represented in art and American Society and create a tapestry inspired by their artwork.

Adventures in Storyland with Miss Pamela: Songs of Freedom Wednesday, February 22 | Starts at 10:30 a.m.

Join Miss Pamela for a story adventure with folktales, songs, and a craft celebrating African American Heritage and its strong tradition of song.

Art Attack: The Art of Resistance
Wednesday, February 22 | During business hours

Learn about African American artists who used their artwork for activism by expressing anguish and social discontent. Paint a piece inspired by their artwork.

Black Resistance: Standing Up for What’s Right Family Night Thursday, February 23 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Join us to discuss African American leaders who fought and died for Civil Rights for African American people followed by making your own protest poster for an issue that you believed to be right.

Powderly Branch Library
3301 Jefferson Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35221

Comics in Color: Black History Gets Graphic

Tuesday, February 21 | Starts at 4:00 p.m.

Middle and high schoolers are invited to join a comic book discussion and journey through comic book history that will highlight African Americans role in graphic novels/comic books. There will be video demonstrations and vintage comic books to win as door prizes as well as other activities.

Faces: African Mask Making
Wednesday, February 22 | Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Learn about the artist Kimmy Cantrell a contemporary artist from Atlanta who makes beautiful African masks. Join us and make your own African mask and learn about the significance of these masks. This program is for adults and older.

Pratt City Branch Library
509 Dugan Ave, Birmingham, AL 35214

Black History Month Playlist
Wednesday, February 8 | Starts at 10:00 a.m.

Come out to enjoy music across genres created by African Americans and learn interesting facts through biographical sketches.

Smithfield Branch Library
1 8th Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204

Black History with The Burks

Tuesday, February 7 | Starts at 10:00 a.m.

Learn about African American history and culture while engaging through arts, crafts, and history. 

Make Your Mark with Lydia Walker
Monday, February 13 | From 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Join us for Black History Month and learn more about African American history and culture while engaging through arts, crafts, and history. 

Therapy Through Art With the Cohill Foundation
Thursday, February 23 | From 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Learn about African American history and culture while learning positive stress coping mechanisms through art.

African Bead Creations with Amber and Nina
Tuesday, February 28 | From 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Patrons will make a Black History Month inspired bead creation craft. 

Southside Branch Library
1814 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35204

Grab N’ Go: Black History In Art

All month long

Drop by to pick up Grab n Go kits that introduce families to African American artists and their unique styles of art. You can also recreate your own works of art.

Do You Know The Facts??
Thursday, February 16 | Starts at 4:00 p.m.

Patrons will form groups and test their knowledge of past and present Black History Facts. All ages are welcome.

Movie Matinee
Tuesday, February 28 | Starts at 4:00 p.m.

Patrons will enjoy a film celebrating black culture, black history, and milestones achieved. All ages are welcome.

Springville Road Regional Branch Library
1224 Old Springville Rd, Birmingham, AL 35215

Adult Programs

A Blast From the Past! Movie
Friday, February 10 | From 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Come and join us as we celebrate Black History Month and travel back to the 1960s Mississippi. Southern society girl Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Refreshments served.

Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, February 14 | From 2:00–3:00 p.m.

February’s picks are The Gown by Jennifer Robson and By Her Own Design by Piper Huguley. We will be discussing race and class by learning about the fashion designers who made Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ and Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dresses.

Youth Programs

Black History Storywalk
All month long

Discover some of the many inventions, created by African Americans. Take a stroll through the library and read this fun, fictional story that shows what life would be like without these valuable contributions.

Black History Mosaic Coloring Activity
All month long

Come color a mosaic celebrating Black History Month.

Biography Bags
All month long

Checkout these special biography bags for your 3rd–5th-grade students. These bags feature a biography of a prominent African American person, a reading comprehension sheet, and a quiz.

Make Your Own Mancala Game

Tuesday, February 14 | Starts at 4:00 p.m.

Mancala is an ancient and popular game that can be found throughout much of Africa. Learn how to play with simple materials that you can take home.

Think About It Thursday
Thursday, February 16 | Starts at 4:00 p.m.

This month we will look at famous African Americans and participate in STEM centers. There will be six centers to choose from. Learn about Mae Jemison and make a straw rocket or graph positivity while learning about Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. and more.

Titusville Branch Library

2 6th Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35211

Bessie Coleman Airplane Craft

Wednesday, February 22 | Starts at 3:30 p.m.

Your imagination will take flight with the Titusville Library as you learn about Bessie Coleman. After the short history lesson, patrons will make airplanes out of clothespins! Materials are provided.

Talking to Children About Race
Thursday, February 23 | Starts at 4:00 p.m.

Branch Manager Reba Williams will lead the second workshop on anti-racism. This workshop is about discussing race with children, focusing on having hard conversations with teens. But many talking points apply to older children as well. It will be an interactive workshop with time for questions and discussions. For more details, visit the Titusville Branch Library at #2 6th Avenue SW or call 205-322-1140.

Titusville Branch African American Read-In Chain & Gospel Extravaganza

Monday, February 27 | Starts at 4:00 p.m.

This February, all Americans have an opportunity to reflect on the rich history and enduring achievements of black Americans during Black History Month. The library will host the UAB Gospel Choir with the addition of African American authors from the community of Titusville Library.

West End Branch Library
1348 Tuscaloosa Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35211

Alive @ the Library: Sharing Black History

Wednesdays in February | From 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Stop by and learn about Black History through readings, stories, and dramatizations. You can be a part of the audience or take a turn speaking about Black History. Light refreshments will be provided.

Talk With A Doc
Wednesday, February 1 | Starts at 11:00 a.m. 

Come visit with a Cahaba Medical Care doctor for a short health talk. Snacks and door prizes will be available.

Woodlawn Branch Library

5709 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35212

Famous African Americans Word Search
All month long

Enjoy this word search puzzle by finding the names of famous African Americans. Take the puzzle with you or complete it here at the library.

Wylam Branch Library
4300 7th Ave, Wylam, Birmingham, AL 35224

Wylam After-School Club

Tuesday, February 14 | Starts at 3:30 p.m.

The Underground Railroad workers and enslaved people used quilt codes to send secret messages to each other. Participants will color quilt patterns and learn their hidden meanings.

Wylam Book Club
Wednesday, February 15 | Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Book club will discuss The Underground Railroad (also available in Spanish) by Colson Whitehead. This novel is a contemporary writer’s take on the underground railroad. 

“It is an unconventional coming of age story, part slave narrative, part historical fiction, part magical realism, in which Whitehead transforms the metaphorical Underground Railroad of our historical memory into an actual mode of transportation.”

Check out the BPL's calendar for more programs!