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Black History Month

Join us in celebrating and honoring the triumphs, struggles, and achievements of Black Americans throughout US history. Attend an event, choose your next great book, or read staff reviews. You can also explore and learn more through research databases and other blog posts.


black and white photograph of Harriet Tubman

American Heroes: Harriet Tubman

Thursday, February 1 7–8 pm • Aspen Drive Library Adults

black and white image of Jerry Craft on the left. On the right, the book cover of his children's book NEW KID.

Illinois Libraries Present: An Evening with Jerry Craft

Tuesday, February 6 7–8 pm • Zoom Adults & Grades K-5
8th Annual One Book One Community Black Contributions to Classical Music

Black Contributions to Classical Music

Thursday, February 15 6:30–8 pm • Zoom Adults

THE VIOLIN CONSPIRACY by Brendan Slocumb book cover on the right. On the left, the author's headshot.

Finale Event with Author Brendan Slocumb

Tuesday, February 6 7–8 pm • Zoom Adults & Grades 9-12
image of American Girl doll Claudie on a scooter.

American Girl: Meet Claudie

Tuesday, February 27 4–5 pm • Aspen Drive Library Grades 2-5


Lists of Great Titles

Browse curated lists of materials about, inspired by, and created by Black Americans. Click on a book cover to place a hold on our catalog, or click to find the full list. For more great titles, visit the Library to browse our in-person displays.







Book Reviews

Click the book cover to read the review written by a Cook Memorial Library staff member.

Learn More

    • Biography in Context Explore information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
    • Black Innovators From the automatic elevator door to potato chips, Black Americans have helped shape American life in many ways.

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