Tuesday, February 02, 2021

The Arlington Public Library will be offering multiple programs in February 2021 to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of the African American community. Created in 1926 by academic Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month was originally a week-long celebration in February. It wasn’t until 1976, that President Gerald Ford declared it a month-long event.

To this day the accomplishments and contributions of the African American community continue to shape American culture, politics, and entertainment. During this month we also pay tribute to all the generations before us that struggled and fought for equal rights. You can learn more about this heritage month at https://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/.

Some events will be virtual and others in-person. Please click on any title to learn more about the program and how to attend.

Black History Month Virtual Family Storytime (Virtual)

Saturday, February 6, 10:30 a.m.

Join Ms. Coleen and Ms. Sandra for a special family storytime celebrating Black History Month!

Cricut: Black History Month T-Shirts (George W. Hawkes Downtown Library)

Monday, February 8, 11:30 a.m.

In honor of Black History Month, we will create a beautiful heat press design using Design Space Cricut Software and heat transfer vinyl. Please bring a solid color t-shirt and we will provide the vinyl. To ensure the health and safety of all participants, only registered participants will be able to attend this program.

Beginning African American Genealogy Research (Virtual)

Tuesday, February 16, 11 a.m.

Researcher, speaker, and genealogy educator Ari Wilkins will share information on how to move past Common Myths and begin your African American Genealogy research.

Talking to Children About Race (Virtual)

Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m.

Dr. Ranita Cheruvu is back to lead another virtual workshop in our Anti-Racist Parenting series! This workshop is about "Talking to Children About Race." We will focus on talking with young children ages 1-5, but many tips will apply to older children as well. It will be an interactive workshop with time for questions and discussion.

Embroidery: Black History Month Patches (George W. Hawkes Downtown Library)

Thursday, February 25, 4:30 p.m.

Join the Makerspace and learn how to thread and operate our embroidery machines. Then, put your skills into practice and create Black History Month patches. Materials will be provided.

To ensure the health and safety of all participants, only registered participants will be able to attend this program.

SmART Black Businesses (Virtual)

Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.

Business education you need for your career, small business, or start-up. Being a Black business owner has its challenges and its rewards. It's time we returned to the essence of what business offers us. Being smart as a Black business owner is an art not enough of us are willing to explore.

Digital Educational Services


Features primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. Learn more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it.

Community Spotlight:

Judith J. Carrier Library, located at the Southeast Campus of Tarrant County College is presenting the Lift Every Voice Program Series. These virtual programs will focus on African American tradition and personal expression thru writing and poetry. The full schedule and program descriptions can be viewed here: Life Every Voice Program Series Schedule