Black History Month

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Bobbi's Blog - February 2024

February is Black History Month, an annual tribute to generations of African Americans whose invaluable contributions to this country were often achieved in the face of tremendous adversity.  Originally a week-long observance created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, the event is celebrated in February to acknowledge the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.


Art as Social Justice

Visit the SPL Teen Room to view our display featuring titles that highlight the ways that art can serve as a platform to social justice. You can also reserve copies of some of the titles by clicking on the jacket covers through the list available here: 



Black History Month Programs

The Scarsdale Public Library is celebrating Black History Month across all age ranges. From an intergenerational virtual reading of powerful works to a story about an innovative engineer who invented a popular children's toy, there is something for all ages. 

African American Artists

Kören Beck will give a brief overview on the work and styles of contemporary African American artists, followed by time to draw. 

Black Citizenship

An informative and thoughtful presentation from the New-York Historical Society for Black History Month. Explore Black Americans' struggle for equality under the law from 1865 through World War I. 

Virtual: Scarsdale Reads

The Scarsdale Library presents a diverse panel of readers, including local authors and staff, offering selected prose and poetry to commemorate and celebrate Black History Month.

Black History Month Story & Craft

Join Miss Aisha for a thought provoking story, short discussion, and craft about the invention of the Super-Soaker.


painting of a dark skinned woman wearing a large head wrap made up of a variety of fabrics, and long earrings of 3 golden circles. She is positioned with only her left side facing the viewer and is set on a red and orange blended background.

In the Gallery

On display this month in the gallery are works by artist Jean Benoit. Visit the Scott Room to view his Afrocentric pieces alongside his abstract, nature-based works, and illustrations.

It was in his birth country Haiti that Jean Benoit's obsessive love affair with the arts began. At an early age the artist was exposed to an array of art forms from historic stage performances which often included Folklore Dance, to traditional Haitian art, to French and American comic book art.

Read more here


Digital Resources

Explore the rich cultural history and achievements of black authors, musicians, actors and actresses through free services accessible with your library card.


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