Several locations of the Atlantic County Library System will hold special events during Black History Month in February.
•ATLANTIC COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM/GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP: CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH: LECTURE AND DISCUSSION for adults is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. Atlantic Cape Community College Professor Patricia Chappine presents the program. Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township is located at 306 East Jimmie Leeds Road and may be reached by calling 652-2352.
•ATLANTIC COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM/MAYS LANDING: A FREEDOM QUILT CRAFT for all ages is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. Participants create a paper Freedom Quilt for the Children’s Section on the library branch. Atlantic County Library System/Mays Landing is located at 40 Farragut Avenue and may be reached by calling 625-2776, extension 6304.
•ATLANTIC COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM/PLEASANTVILLE: CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH PAJAMA STORYTIME is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all. Everyone is invited to hear award-winning picture books by African-American authors. Children are encouraged to attend in their pajamas. POETRY NIGHT is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24, starting at 5:30 pm. The evening of poetry and spoken word performed by local artists and community members is open to all. Those interested in presenting should contact JoAnn Peopples at 609-645-8421. Atlantic County Library System/Pleasantville is located at 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and may be reached by calling 641-1778.
•ATLANTIC COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM/SOMERS POINT: UNSUNG INVENTOR: BLACK HISTORY MONTH is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. The program is suggested for ages 8 to 16. Participants follow clues to guess what African-American inventor Garrett Morgan devised that we use every day. An edible craft and games highlight his invention. A Black History Month Poetry Reading for ages 12 and older is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23 at 6 pm. Atlantic County poet Darren Strickland reads and discusses his work. Atlantic County Library System/Somers Point is located at 801 Shore Road and may be reached by calling 927-7113.
•BUENA COMMUNITY READING CENTER: AFRICAN-AMERICAN AUTHOR APPRECIATION is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all. Attendees read and discuss several picture books by African-American authors that have been honored with Caldecott medals or Coretta Scott King awards, including the classic Ezra Jack Keats story, A Snowy Day. A snow globe craft is also featured. The Buena Community Reading Center is located inside Buena Regional High School. For more information, call the Atlantic County Library System Outreach Services Section at 609-625-2776, extension 6338.
•MADAME C.J. WALKER: SELF-MADE WOMAN
Atlantic County Library System/Mays Landing hosts a presentation of Madame C.J. Walker: Self-Made Woman on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The free event is open to adults and teens. Registration is requested.
Dr. Daisy Century, through her thoroughly researched and dramatically intense portrayal, brings to life Madame C. J. Walker, an early civil rights advocate and 19th century entrepreneur. Madame Walker became America's first female self-made millionaire, contributing generously to the NAACP, the YMCA, and to numerous African American organizations.
This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This program is produced by the American Historical Theatre.
Atlantic County Library System/Mays Landing is located at 40 Farragut Avenue and may be reached by calling 609-625-2776, extension 6304.
Other events hosted by Atlantic County libraries:
•BAD KITTY BOOK PARTY
Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township holds a Bad Kitty Book Party on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. The program is suggested for ages 8 to 13, and registration is required. Attendees celebrate the newest Bad Kitty book with games, snacks, and prizes.
For more information, call the library branch at 652-2352. Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township is located at 306 East Jimmie Leeds Road.
•AFTER SCHOOL STUDY HOURS
Atlantic County Library System/Hammonton offers After School Study Hours for teens on Thursdays in February at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. The sessions are suggested for ages 13 and older, and registration is requested. Students use the library branch’s meeting room for quiet study time and enjoy refreshments.
Atlantic County Library System/Hammonton is located at 451 South Egg Harbor Road and may be reached by calling 561-2264.
Atlantic County Library System/Egg Harbor Township has scheduled Lego Club meetings for Saturdays, Feb. 5 and 20 and March 5 at 10 a.m. The club is open to kids of all ages. Kids are invited to head to the library branch to make Lego creations.
Atlantic County Library System/Egg Harbor Township is located at 1 Swift Avenue and may be reached by calling 927-8664.
•NIFTY 50s AMERICAN GIRL SOCK HOP
Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor presents a Nifty 50s American Girl Sock Hop on Saturday, Feb. 6, starting at 1:30 p.m. for children ages 6 and older. Registration is requested for the event which is held in the Community Center adjacent to the library.
Participants meet Maryellen Larkin, the newest American Girl Doll, and explore her world with a 50s inspired sock hop. DJ Lenny B. and his karaoke machine supply the music for dancing. Refreshments are served at a 50s-style dinner.
For more information, contact the library branch at 823-4614. Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor is located at 6500 Atlantic Avenue.
Atlantic County Library System/Egg Harbor Township holds a Frozen Craft on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 pm. The free event is suggested for ages 6 to 12, and registration is required. Participants make a craft inspired by the movie Frozen and are encouraged to attend dressed as a favorite character from the movie.
For details, call the library branch at 927-8664. Atlantic County Library System/Egg Harbor Township is located at 1 Swift Avenue.