Black History Month Community Celebration & Education at Maplewood Library

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The following is from The Maplewood Public Library

The community is welcomed to celebrate Black History Month at the Maplewood Library. Events include a Kids Speak Out and, a workshop on Post-Election Parenting, and a special tasting with Chef Jesse Jones. The Main Library is located at 51 Baker St (973-762-1622) and the Hilton Branch at 1688 Springfield Ave (973-762-1688). Learn more at

BHM Gee's Bend QuiltGee’s Bend Quilt Craft, Tuesdays in February from 12-8 pm at the Hilton Branch

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are quilts created by a group of women who live or have lived in the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee’s Bend, Alabama.

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are considered to be unique, and one of the most important African-American visual and cultural contributions to the history of art within the United States. Drop in and make a paper quilt square for our Gee’s Bend quilt. For all ages.

CR Jan Kids Speak Out



Chef Jesse Jones

Celebrate Mrs. Edna Lewis, the First Lady of Southern Cooking, Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00 pm at the Hilton Branch

Join us for a special program with Chef Jesse Jones, as he demonstrates Mrs. Lewis’ famous She-Crab soup and Herb Hoe cakes. A tasting will follow. For all ages.



Hidden ColorsSpecial NAACP Screening: Hidden Colors Wednesday, February 8 at 6:00 pm at the Main Library

Hidden Colors is a documentary series about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. This film series discusses some of the reasons the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history. Traveling around the country, the film features scholars, historians, and social commentators who uncovered amazing facts about things such as: the presence of Africans in America before Columbus; the real reason slavery ended; the original image of Christ; the true story of the Moors; the original people of Asia; the great west African empires; and much more.

Presented by the NAACP Oranges and Maplewood Branch. Refreshments will be served.

Watch the trailer and learn more at

Ellis 1Art & Music Reception, Saturday, February 11 from 3:00-4:00 pm at the Main Library

Stephen B. Ellis: In high school Ellis began to make the music-and-art connection by drawing and painting while listening to rhythm and blues artists. The sultry melodies transformed his work and influenced his unique style, integrating bold lines with subtle layers of color. Featuring live Jazz with Michael Mayo

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Black History Month Trivia for Teens

Monday, Feb. 13- 3:30-4 at Main

Tuesday, Feb. 14- 3:30-4 at Hilton

Wednesday, Feb. 15- 3:30-4 at Main

Celebrate Black History Month at the library with trivia. Win candy with the right answer!


BHM Mpl speaks outMaplewood Speaks Out

Kids and families are invited to continue the conversation from the Kids Speak Out art display. Throughout the month, feel free to share your thoughts, feelings, stories, and drawings. Supplies will be available in the Children’s Room to create something that expresses your feelings about race, equality, and justice. Your work will be displayed in the Children’s Room.





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