Fountaindale Public Library to honor Black History Month
Fountaindale Public Library is coordinating weekly events in celebration of February’s Black History Month.
For the last several years, Bolingbrook’s library has commemorated the month-long celebration with various events, activities and movie screenings. Come February, the library has partnered with The Bolingbrook Black History Month Awareness Club to host a series of events which Fountaindale Library Executive Director Paul Mills describes as “engaging and informative.”
“Part of the Fountaindale mission is to serve educational, cultural and informational needs,” said Mills. “There is a very powerful story to be told about Black History and the events should do a great job of honoring and celebrating that tradition. This is a very important month in Bolingbrook and we hope that the community also gets to enjoy the great books, cds and dvds that honor black history month.”
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, the library will host an African American Genealogy Workshop in which genealogist and researcher Pam Smith will work with participants and educate individuals about slavery’s roots and consequences. The workshop features two presentations, “Tracing Slavery and Slaveholing in the Family” and “How I Got Over; Slave Vessels, Records, and Memory for Family Historians.”
All ages are welcome and library resources, book suggestions and light refreshments will also be available.
Beginning 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Fountaindale will welcome the “Spellbinder” Walter King Jr. for his 45-min performance in the library meeting room. King Jr. is a native Chicagoan who has performed with esteemed entertainers such as Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Jennifer Hudson and The Temptations.
A collaborative effort with the Bolingbrook Black History Month Committee, Fountaindale Public Library Senior Children’s Services Librarian Nancy Sauer is coordinating the event and explains that it is not only a showcase of a prominent Black illusionist, but also an exciting performance.
“I had the opportunity to see him perform in 2005 at the Bolingbrook Levy Center,” said Sauer. “He is a fantastic magician and illusionist and he will bring all his lights and special effects with him. I think it’s great that we can celebrate Black History Month this way. It might not be your typical remembrance, but Black History should be celebrated in a variety of ways.”
The magic show is first-come, first-serve and preschoolers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Mills is similarly looking forward to the Spellbinder show, exclaiming that the story-telling aspect will be just as engaging as the illusions.
“As a former undergrad history major, I am really looking forward to the Spellbinder event,” said Mills. “It will be an exciting show, but he is also a phenomenal story teller. He reveals Black History in a narrative that will appeal to everyone.”
The library’s final event will be a showcase of documentaries celebrating Black culture and heritage. From noon to 8 p.m., Fountaindale will screen a variety of documentaries and movies tied to Black History. Documentary titles will be disclosed as the date approaches.
All of the events are complementary and open to the public. To learn more about Fountaindale Public Library’s Black History events, visit their website at www.fountaindale.org.
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