Groundhog Day has come and gone, and hopefully winter will soon make way for spring. One of our favorite times of the year is the month of February when we celebrate Black History Month at the library. We have a whole slate of entertainment, information, and food planned for Saturday, February 9th. From 11 am until 3 pm, you can join us at the Main Library for a day of celebration. Get those cookbooks out, because this year’s contest is for Sweet Potato Pie! Entry forms are available at all library locations.
Don’t know much about Black History Month? Background information is plentiful on History.com with people, themes, and events to explore. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has put out a handy PDF full of reasons and ways to teach African-American history (or history in general).
There are definitely a lot of good resources available on the web for teaching children about the culture and origins of black history in America, but you don’t have to look too hard because we’ve picked out some of the best ones.
- This Scholastic teacher page is a great place to start: from the Underground Railroad to President Obama and everything else in between, you’ll find fun and creative ways to make learning fun. If you want to learn more about the history of Jazz music or African-American inventors, this is a perfect site for useful information and multimedia resources.
- A comprehensive listing of resources for teaching and sharing with students–including activities for the classroom, home, and community–is available at ReadingRockets.org.
- If you want to do some crafts with your kids (’cause who doesn’t love crafts?!?), a good site is DLTK. You can focus on crafts celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., or take a look at the Kwanzaa craft section. Another great site is Nick Jr., where you can download and print Black History Hero Cards to learn more about famous African-American activists and leaders, artists and entertainers, and scientists and athletes.
- Embracing black history is easy with PBS Kids! Here you can find recommended reads for children of all ages, traditional recipes with a twist, and activities which encourage diversity and feature PBS characters like Arthur, Clifford, and Mr. Rogers.
Whether you celebrate Black History Month with us, or plan your own activities at home, remember that the library is a great resource for all your information, entertainment, and educational needs!