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African American History Month

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Today at 6pm
The Wright Museum

  • Location: The Wright Museum
  • Date: February 22nd Thu
  • Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Age Group: All Ages
  • Event Category: Community

A lively panel discussion with Malik Yakini; Valerie Lockhart, Detroit Native Sun Newspaper; Romie Minor, Detroit Public Library; and Andre Batts, Motor City Black Age Comics. Q&A will be our focus.

Searching for Literacy Forum on Thursday, February 22 at 6:00pm

Black Literacy Forum #5

Today at 6pm
The Wright Museum

  • Location: The Wright Museum
  • Date: February 22nd Thu
  • Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Event Category: Community

Literacy is an important concept to master in order to survive in the world - literacy also encompasses understanding of the world. Join DPL's Romie Minor, curator of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection.

Black Literacy Forum #5 on Thursday, February 22 at 6:00pm

African American Quilting in the Detroit CommunityCelebrate African American History Month!

February 24th at 2pm
Duffield

  • Location: Duffield
  • Date: February 24th Sat
  • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

Shirley Phillips-Horne of the Great Lakes African American Quilters' Network will discuss the heritage and history of quilting in the African American community. There will be a few quilts on display.

African American Quilting in the Detroit Community on Saturday, February 24 at 2:00pm

Ancestry with Anisa... Who Am I?

February 26th at 5:30pm
Edison

  • Location: Edison
  • Date: February 26th Mon
  • Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Age Group: Teens
  • Event Category: History

This program is designed for teens to learn how to create and edit a free family tree on Ancestry.com as well as track generations of departed family members.

Ancestry with Anisa... Who Am I? on Monday, February 26 at 5:30pm

Inspirational Authors Book Fair

March 17th at 1pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: March 17th Sat
  • Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Age Group: All Ages
  • Event Category: Author Events

Join several authors for an afternoon of encouragement, motivation, and transformation as they discuss their work and their journey to fulfillment.

Inspirational Authors Book Fair on Saturday, March 17 at 1:00pm

Winter Author Series

Leonard Slatkin: Leading TonesReflections on Music, Musicians, and the Music Industry

February 25th at 2pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: February 25th Sun
  • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Adults
  • Event Category: Music

Enjoy listening to a book talk with Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Leonard Slatkin. A book signing of his most recent work will follow.

Leonard Slatkin: Leading Tones on Sunday, February 25 at 2:00pm

Barbara Cohn and Patrice R. MerrittWinter Author Series

March 4th at 1pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: March 4th Sun
  • Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Age Group: Adults
  • Event Category: Author Events

Authors Barbara Cohn and Patrice R. Merritt join us to discuss their book, The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic that honors this gem in the City of Detroit.

Barbara Cohn and Patrice R. Merritt on Sunday, March 4 at 1:00pm

Inspirational Authors Book Fair

March 17th at 1pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: March 17th Sat
  • Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Age Group: All Ages
  • Event Category: Author Events

Join several authors for an afternoon of encouragement, motivation, and transformation as they discuss their work and their journey to fulfillment.

Inspirational Authors Book Fair on Saturday, March 17 at 1:00pm

Colson WhiteheadThe Underground Railroad

April 13th at 8pm
Marygrove College

  • Location: Marygrove College
  • Date: April 13th Fri
  • Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Age Group: Teens, Adults, Seniors
  • Event Category: Author Events

Marygrove College's 2018 Lillian and Don Bauder Contemporary American Authors Lecture will present Colson Whitehead, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Underground Railroad."

Colson Whitehead on Friday, April 13 at 8:00pm

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson***NEW DATE***

April 14th at 1pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: April 14th Sat
  • Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Age Group: Adults
  • Event Category: Author Events

**NEW DATE** Date changed from March 10, 2018 to April 14, 2018. Dr. Dyson will discuss his newest book, Tears We Cannot Stop, followed by Q&A and a book signing.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00pm

Comerica Bank Java & Jazz

Straight Ahead2018 Java and Jazz Series

March 20th at 6pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: March 20th Tue
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Age Group: All Ages
  • Event Category: Music

The Detroit Public Library is proud to bring this groundbreaking all female jazz group to the 2018 Comerica Bank Java & Jazz stage.

Straight Ahead on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00pm

Mike Monford Trio2018 Java and Jazz Series

April 17th at 6pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: April 17th Tue
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Age Group: All Ages
  • Event Category: Music

The Mike Monford Trio (Mike Monford, Brandon Williams and Ian Finkelstein) fuses together hard pop, blues & hip-hop influences within the African American blues & jazz traditions in their performance.

Mike Monford Trio on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00pm

Isis Damil2018 Java and Jazz Series

May 15th at 6pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: May 15th Tue
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Age Group: All Ages
  • Event Category: Music

Clearly one of Detroit’s musical treasures, Isis Damil is a producer, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and current member of the Stellar Award Winning, Grammy nominated group J. Moss and PAJAAM!

Isis Damil on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00pm

Al McKenzie2018 Java and Jazz Series

June 19th at 6pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: June 19th Tue
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Age Group: All Ages
  • Event Category: Music

From being the former music director and keyboard player for The Temptations to conducting the Buffalo Symphony to teaching jazz music to youth, to know Al is to love him.

Al McKenzie on Tuesday, June 19 at 6:00pm

Joan Belgrave2018 Java and Jazz Series

July 17th at 6pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: July 17th Tue
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Age Group: All Ages
  • Event Category: Music

Joan Belgrave is a remarkable Jazz singer, known for clean notes, vibrant melodies and vocal versatility.

Joan Belgrave on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:00pm

Events for Children

Weekday Homework Help with DEAC

Right Now
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: February 22nd Thu
  • Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Tutoring

Get homework help by qualified professionals. Program is sponsored by Detroit Eagles Athletic Club. Register at Reference Desk. Spaces limited.

Weekday Homework Help with DEAC on Thursday, February 22 at 4:00pm

Once Upon a Time… and morePreschool Storytime

Tomorrow at 10:30am
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: February 23rd Fri
  • Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Age Group: Children
  • Event Category: Storytime

Preschoolers at the Library! Storytime is from 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Play and snack time is from 11:00 a.m.-Noon.

Once Upon a Time… and more on Friday, February 23 at 10:30am

ProjectArt

February 24th at 1pm
Wilder

  • Location: Wilder
  • Date: February 24th Sat
  • Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Age Group: Children
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

Ages 4-7. “ProjectArt transforms the nation’s public Libraries into vital cultural hubs by offering youth year-round visual art classes."

ProjectArt on Saturday, February 24 at 1:00pm

Book Club With a Twist

February 24th at 1pm
Knapp

  • Location: Knapp
  • Date: February 24th Sat
  • Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens
  • Event Category: Book Clubs

Join the Knapp Branch Book Club With a Twist as we discuss the book of the month and create an art project. Please register with the Children’s Librarian. 8-13 years.

Book Club With a Twist on Saturday, February 24 at 1:00pm

ProjectArt

February 24th at 2pm
Wilder

  • Location: Wilder
  • Date: February 24th Sat
  • Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

Ages 8-12. “ProjectArt transforms the nation’s public Libraries into vital cultural hubs by offering youth year-round visual art classes."

ProjectArt on Saturday, February 24 at 2:00pm

ProjectArt

February 24th at 2pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: February 24th Sat
  • Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Age Group: Children
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

Learn some art techniques that build your creative side each week! Create a work of art each session. Register at projectart.org/enroll. Ages 4-7.

ProjectArt on Saturday, February 24 at 2:00pm

Family Reading and Science University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

February 24th at 3pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: February 24th Sat
  • Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children
  • Event Category: Science

How Humans Change the Earth will look at all the ways that human activity changes our planet. We will look at habitat and climate changes and also the many physical artifacts of our activities.

Family Reading and Science on Saturday, February 24 at 3:00pm

ProjectArt

February 24th at 3pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: February 24th Sat
  • Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Age Group: Children
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

Join us for an ongoing class in the visual arts for youth ages 5-7. Register at Reference Desk.

ProjectArt on Saturday, February 24 at 3:00pm

ProjectArt

February 25th at 1:30pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: February 25th Sun
  • Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Age Group: Children
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

Learn some art techniques that build your creative side each week! Create a work of art each session. Register at projectart.org/enroll. Ages 4-7.

ProjectArt on Sunday, February 25 at 1:30pm

ProjectArt

February 25th at 2:30pm
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: February 25th Sun
  • Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

Learn some art techniques that build your creative side each week! Create a work of art each session. Register at projectart.org/enroll. Ages 8-13.

ProjectArt on Sunday, February 25 at 2:30pm

Art in the Library ProjectArt

February 26th at 4pm
Jefferson

  • Location: Jefferson
  • Date: February 26th Mon
  • Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

ProjectArt offers the young artist a wide range of activities to bring out the inner artist weekly in 2018 at the Jefferson Branch Library. Please register at: projectart.org/enroll

Art in the Library ProjectArt on Monday, February 26 at 4:00pm

Board Game Night

February 26th at 6pm
Redford

  • Location: Redford
  • Date: February 26th Mon
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens, Adults
  • Event Category: Recreation

Join us for some family style evening fun!

Board Game Night on Monday, February 26 at 6:00pm

Once Upon a Time… and moreBook Babies

February 27th at 10:30am
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: February 27th Tue
  • Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Age Group: Infants
  • Event Category: Storytime

Book Babies at the Library! Storytime is from 10:30 am-11:00 am. Play and snack time is from 11:00 am-Noon. Enter through small door near Cass circular drive that opens at 10:00 am. Birth--18 months.

Once Upon a Time… and more on Tuesday, February 27 at 10:30am

Headstart Preschool Storytime Outreach

February 27th at 10:30am
Monteith

  • Location: Monteith
  • Date: February 27th Tue
  • Time: 10:30am - 11:15am
  • Age Group: Toddlers, Children
  • Event Category: Storytime

Schedule a storytime at your location. Please call (313) 481-1802 at least one week in advance and ask for the Children’s Librarian.

Headstart Preschool Storytime Outreach on Tuesday, February 27 at 10:30am

Art in the Library ProjectArt

February 27th at 4pm
Jefferson

  • Location: Jefferson
  • Date: February 27th Tue
  • Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

ProjectArt offers the young artist a wide range of activities to bring out the inner artist weekly in 2018 at the Jefferson Branch Library. Please register at: projectart.org/enroll

Art in the Library ProjectArt on Tuesday, February 27 at 4:00pm

Weekday Homework Help with DEAC

February 27th at 4pm
Parkman

  • Location: Parkman
  • Date: February 27th Tue
  • Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens, Teens
  • Event Category: Tutoring

Get homework help by qualified professionals. Program is sponsored by Detroit Eagles Athletic Club. Register at Reference Desk. Spaces limited.

Weekday Homework Help with DEAC on Tuesday, February 27 at 4:00pm

Once Upon a Time… and moreToddler Time

February 28th at 10:30am
Main Library

  • Location: Main Library
  • Date: February 28th Wed
  • Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Age Group: Toddlers
  • Event Category: Storytime

Toddler Time at the Library! Storytime is from 10:30 am-11:00 am. Play and snack time is from 11:00 am-Noon. Enter through small door near Cass circular drive that opens at 10:00 am. 18 months--2 yrs.

Once Upon a Time… and more on Wednesday, February 28 at 10:30am

ProjectArt

February 28th at 4pm
Wilder

  • Location: Wilder
  • Date: February 28th Wed
  • Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

Ages 8-12. “ProjectArt transforms the nation’s public Libraries into vital cultural hubs by offering youth year-round visual art classes."

ProjectArt on Wednesday, February 28 at 4:00pm

ProjectArt

February 28th at 4pm
Hubbard

  • Location: Hubbard
  • Date: February 28th Wed
  • Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Age Group: Children, Tweens
  • Event Category: Arts and Crafts

Join us for free art classes, taught by real artists! All that is required is that you show up ready to learn how to draw. All art supplies provided. Limited to 15 children.

ProjectArt on Wednesday, February 28 at 4:00pm
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