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Metropolitan Library System Celebrates Black History Month

Join your Metropolitan Library System for a series of programs and events in celebration of Black History Month.  

 “The libraries have recognized Black History Month for years,” said MLS Director of Outreach Services Dana Morrow, “and our lineup of programs and activities are stronger than ever in 2009 because some of the things we’re doing in February are lead-ins to things that will be going on through March and into April.”       

   Beginning Sunday, February 1, 2009, the Black History Month Celebration at Ralph Ellison Library, 1918 SE 23rd, with a variety of exhibits and activities, will last all month long during regular Library hours.  All ages.  Call 424-1437 for details.                                             

A series of events is coming to Downtown Library. The creativity expressed by the African-American musicians, writers, artists and performers during the 1920s and 30s in Harlem is known as the Harlem Renaissance. Music from that period will come to the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, on Sunday, February 22, from 2-3pm when Jerome Braggs and combo bring to the 46th Star Stage some of those old songs and styles in music that speaks to everyone.  Call 606-3879 or 606-3878 for information.                                                                                                

The Downtown Library opens its Harlem Renaissance Art Exhibit, which will remain on display from Sunday, February 8, 2009 through April 18 during regular Library hours.  It’s for all ages.  Call 606-3879 or 606-3878 for information.  Art prints from the Harlem Renaissance period will be exhibited in the library's Philomathea Hall.  The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. 

 Other single day events include Harlem Renaissance Crafts at Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S Walker Avenue from 2-3pm on Saturday. February 7.  Students ages 10-16 are invited to come celebrate the Harlem Renaissance with art activities that represent this revolutionary period in American art. Artists from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will hip teens to the music, philosophy, dance, literature, drama, and visual arts that defined this movement.  The event is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.  Call 631-4468 for more information.                                  

And you won’t want to miss the Celebration of Black History and Culture at the Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno, from 1-5pm on Sunday, February 15, 2009.  Join the Midwest City staff for a celebration of Black History through music, stories, local authors, food, and displays that demonstrate the richness of the African American culture.  For all ages.  Visit the Information Desk for a schedule of activities, or call 732-4828.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.