Black History Month at the Library

by Patty Conway, Community Relations Coordinator, Henrico County Public Library

Henrico County Public Library is committed to engaging and inclusive programming and services year-round.  We also observe commemorative months, which enable us to focus our efforts throughout the year on celebrating our diverse community.  This February, library staff have planned a wide array of events for adults, children, and teens that recognize the enormous cultural contributions and civil rights achievements of African Americans for Black History Month.  You can also visit your local library to peruse a Black History Month-themed display in February and find related reading and research material year-round at HCPL in print and online.  Read on for a highlight of Black History Month events at HCPL. 

For a complete list or events and their descriptions, please visit our events calendar.

Other ways you can engage with black history, literature, and culture at HCPL include: 

  • Joining our Black Authors Book Discussion Group at Fairfield Library 
  • Encouraging teens in your life to join the Diversity Club for Teens at Varina Library 
  • Visiting the Trailblazers Wall at Fairfield Library for interactive, multimedia biographies of black people who changed the course of history in Henrico, the state, and the nation 
  • Keeping an eye on our events calendar for regular programming about black history and culture. 

Upcoming Black History Month events at HCPL 

Classic Film Series at Fairfield Library 
Feb. 3, Mon, 1:30 PM  Their Eyes Were Watching God 
Feb. 10, Mon, 1:30 PM  Remember the Titans 
Feb. 24, Mon, 1:30 PM  Fences 

The Black Film Canon at Libbie Mill
Feb. 3, Mon, 2:00 PM  Straight Outta Compton 
Feb. 4, Tue, 2:00 PM  Do The Right Thing 
Feb. 10, Mon, 2:00 PM  Cooley High 
Feb. 18, Tue, 2:00 PM  Creed 
Feb. 24, Mon, 2:00 PM  Get Out 
Feb. 25, Tue, 2:00 PM  Boyz N the Hood 

Revisiting the Founding Era Discussion at Varina Library 
Feb. 4, Tue, 7:00 PM

Black History Month Trivia for Teens at Tuckahoe Library 
Feb. 5, Wed, 5:00 PM

I am 400: The Art of Jerome and Jeromyah Jones at North Park 
Feb. 5, Wed, 6:30 PM

Book Discussion: The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American History in the Old South at Twin Hickory Library 
Feb. 5, Wed, 7:00 PM

Coretta Scott King Read-Aloud at Fairfield Library 
Thursdays in February, 6:00 PM 

VMFA Presents: Frederic Remington and the Buffalo Soldiers at Libbie Mill Library 
Feb. 11, Tue, 6:00 PM  

An African Culture Experience at Varina Library 
Feb. 15, Sat, 2:00 pm 

Petersburg Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen at Libbie Mill 
Feb. 15, Sat, 4:00 pm 

Teen Book Night at Varina Library 
Feb. 18, Tue, 7:00 PM 

African Tales with Dylan Pritchett   
Feb. 19, Wed, 6:00 PM at Fairfield Library 
Feb. 22, Sat, 10:30 AM at Twin Hickory Library 
Feb. 22, Sat, 2:00 PM at Libbie Mill Library 
Revisiting the Founding Era Conversation at Tuckahoe Library 
Feb. 19, Wed, 7:00 PM 
VCU Presents: School Desegregation in Virginia at Tuckahoe Library 
Feb. 20, Thu, 6:30 PM 
20 and Odd: Africans’ Arriva in 1619 screening at Twin Hickory Library 
Feb. 21, Fri, 10:00 AM 
Reconstructing Family: Post-Emancipation Records at the Library of Virginia at Sandston Library 
Feb. 22, Sat, 10:30 AM  

African American art at the VMFA at Glen Allen Library 
Feb. 27, 6:00 PM 

Bright Star Theater Presents: Black History Hall of Fame 
Feb. 22, Sat, 10:00 AM at Sandston Library 
Feb 22, Sat, 1:00 PM at North Park Library 

Bright Star Theater Presents: Rosa Parks and Friends at Gayton Library 
Feb. 29, Sat, 4:00 PM