February is Black History Month, a time to recognize, celebrate, and honor the rich and diverse history, important contributions, and achievements of Black Americans.
Although the month of February has been designated Black History Month since 1976, we at Sonoma County Library recognize that the commitment to celebrating and learning about the generations of Black Americans who have influenced and enriched the nation and society is much more than just a month. We commit to honor Black history, community, and culture; recognizing and celebrating the achievements of Black Americans, locally and nationally during Black History Month and all year round.
In February 2022, we celebrate Black History Month by hosting virtual programs and by highlighting/amplifying books, collections, and resources available through your Sonoma County Library. Since “Black Health and Wellness” is the national theme for Black History Month 2022, we are specially featuring relevant library and local community resources.
Join us to continue understanding, respecting, and celebrating Black history and culture in Sonoma County and beyond.
Books, Collections, and Resources
Check out these resource lists developed and recommended by our librarians:
- Black Voices (Libby Guide)
- Resistance & Hope in Black Fiction
- Resistance & Hope Black Non-Fiction
- Resistance & Hope in Black YA
- Celebrate Black Stories - Celebre Las Historias Negras (Ages 0-7)
- Celebrate Black Stories - Celebre Las Historias Negras (Ages 8-12)
- 2022 Coretta Scott King Award Winners
- Black Stories and Experiences (through Hoopla)
- Slavery, Abolition, Emancipation and Freedom: Primary Sources from Houghton Library (Harvard)
- The Petaluma Blacks for Community Development offers resources on information about the history of Black health, notable Black medical personnel through the years, food scarcity and food justice. Check out this site PBCD4us.com every week throughout February and March to find new additions to this site.
Feb. 2 - Bilingual Family Storytime: ¡Mambo Mucho Mambo!
Feb. 9 - Family Storytime Celebrating Black History Month
Feb. 9 - Queer Book Club: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Feb. 16 - African & African American Folktales with Kirk Waller
Feb. 23 - Alegría Afroamericana: Cuentos y canciones en Español en vivo por Zoom
Feb. 24 - Documentary Film Discussion Group
Feb. 25 - Boosting Resilience and Creativity with Dr. Eki’Shola Edwards
Join Dr. Eki’Shola Edwards as she shares her personal story of resilience and hope. An award-winning musician and internist/lifestyle medicine physician, she will present simple techniques to foster creativity and wellness followed by a Q&A session.
Feb. 26 - Virtual Black History Program: Black Health and Wellness
Presented by the Petaluma Blacks for Community Development, this Black History Month celebration centers on this year's theme of "Black Health and Wellness" by bringing the community together for music, dance, history, discussion, and more.
Register now at:
Go to PBCD4us.com for more information on the program.
Feb. (all month) - #GoodTrouble Action Pack (Teen Poster Project); kits available until supplies run out.
In response to the banner-burning incident that took place at the Sebastopol Library in January 2022; Sonoma County Library is providing teens the opportunity to stand up and speak out by creating posters inspired by popular social movements such as Black Lives Matter, human rights, anti-bullying, disability rights, climate action, anti-racism, LGBTQIA+, neurodiversity, and free speech.
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