NEWBURGH – The Newburgh Free Library has a plethora of programs events scheduled to celebrate Black History month, including lectures, book clubs, author visits and film screenings. On Wed., Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Myra Armstead Professor of Historical Studies at Bard College will present a lecture “Black History & Identity in the Hudson Valley from Colonial Times to Present”. The library will screen I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America on Thurs., Feb. 9th at 6 p.m. and Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People on Thurs., Feb. 16th at 6 p.m. via Kanopy a new video streaming resource available to Newburgh Free Library cardholders. The Tuesdays at Two Book Club will meet to discuss Seven Days in June by Tia Williams on Tues., Feb. 28th at 2 p.m.
On Sat.., Feb. 18th at 2 p.m. the new Middle School Book Club will meet to discuss A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée(perfect for fans of Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give and Jason Reynolds). On Thurs., Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Ujima: A Children’s Literacy Program will host a special visit from children’s book author Kevin Lewis, writer of Brown Sugar Baby. Ujima: A Children’s Literacy Program celebrates art, culture, history, and storytelling through the work of African American authors and illustrators in children’s literature. Participation is limited so please register.
Be sure to check out these and other great programs the library will be offering in the month of February at www.newburghlibrary.org or follow the library on social media.
Individuals can also register for programs in person, by phone (845) 563-3625 or via the online calendar. The Newburgh Free Library is open to the public, hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Mon. -Thurs.; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri. and Sat.; and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sun.