Black History Month at the Ottawa Public Library

Jan 25 2018

Ottawa – Throughout February, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will be offering a range of programs and events to celebrate Black History Month. Every February Canadians have an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the achievements, history, and contributions of Black Canadians, past, present and future. In its mission to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people the OPL invites people of all ages to discover more about the legacy and diverse cultures of Black Canadians through programs related to genealogy, local history, storytelling, the performing arts and literature.

This year, the Ottawa Public Library is collaborating with Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC), the Workers’ History Museum and Black History Ottawa to present various program events — with free admission — for people of all ages. Events include musicians, dancers, poets, storytellers, documentary screenings, panel discussions, and family storytimes.

Register now to reserve your spot in the following programs:

The Barbers: an Ottawa Family History
Main branch
Thursday, February 1, 2018
7 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month with King Masa-Senekela
Sunnyside branch
Monday, February, 5, 2018
11 a.m.

Stories from the Black Diaspora
Nepean Centrepointe branch
Sunday, February 11, 2018
2 p.m.

Le Mois de l'histoire des Noirs avec Masabo et Fana Soro : Célébrons l'Afrique!
Succursale St-Laurent
Le jeudi 15 février, 2018
3 p.m.

Black History Month Celebrates: The Village - A storytelling and Poetry Experience!
Main branch
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6 p.m.

Black History Month Documentary Screening
Greenboro branch
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:30 p.m.

Discover authors and stories that might be new to you with our carefully selected recommended Black History Month reads in English and French:

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