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Public Libraries of Saginaw African American History Month

  • Feb06
    Tuesday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Feb 28
    Wednesday 7:00 pm


  • 2018 National Theme is African Americans in Times of War
  • African-American Read-In Chain – Sunday, February 11 – 3pm – Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • Kick Off Program – Jump Fresh Youth Academy – February 10 – 2pm- Hoyt Library
  • Public Libraries of Saginaw System-Wide Programs, Entire Month of February, All Branches of the Public Libraries of Saginaw
  • View the Public Libraries of Saginaw African American History Month 2018 Booklist at




African-American History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson – a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. The original week became a month-long celebration in 1976. Also known as “Black History Month,” February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.


The annual observance recognizes the important people, events, and issues surrounding the rich culture of African Americans. The National theme is selected each year by the Association for the Study of Afro American Life and History (ASALH). The theme for this year is African Americans in Times of War.


In observance of African American History Month, the Public Libraries of Saginaw is offering the following programs:


Jump Fresh Youth Academy

Saturday, February 10 at 2pm

Hoyt Library – 505 Janes, Saginaw, MI – 989-755-0904

Jump Fresh Youth Academy is a dance program to help youth in the community find confidence in expressing themselves in a positive manner through dance. Join us for a performance and refreshments.


Great Michigan Read Book Discussion for Teens

Tuesday, February 13 – 4pm – Butman-Fish Library

This book discussion for teens focuses on the 2017-2018 Great Michigan Read X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon. Michelle Velleux of Butman-Fish Library leads the discussion.


Literature in Color Book Discussion

Thursday, February 15 – 4:30pm – Wickes Library

This community book club introduces good reads that enhance participants’ knowledge and broaden literary interests. Join us as we discuss I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan.


Spotlight on African American History Special Movie Presentation

Thursday, February 15 – 6pm – Hoyt Library

Join us for a viewing of Marshall (2017). In 1940 Connecticut, Thurgood Marshall defends a black chauffeur accused of rape. Rated: PG13  Running Time: 1h58m


Preschool Story Time: Anansi the Trickster & Other Traditional African Tales

Friday, February 16 – 10:30am – Zauel Library

Children three to five years with a loving adult are invited to join our drop-in storytime for 30 minutes of traditional African tales, songs, fingerplays, and fun.



Saturday, February 17- 2pm – Hoyt Library

In honor of African American History Month, learn African American stories, music and make a craft. For children ages four to seven years. Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult.


African American History Month Family Program

Saturday, February 24 – 2pm – Butman-Fish Library

Enjoy music, snacks, and activities as we celebrate African American History Month. This is a free family event! Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult.


For more information on any of these programs, call 989-755-0904, Extension 1125.

Jennifer Harden

Librarian I/Marketing Coordinator

989-755-0904, extension 1127