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Celebrate Black History Month: Learn, Grow, and Volunteer By Mali Anderson in Helping Hands The idea of Black History Month has been around since 1926, according to TIME Magazine, and it is celebrated in schools and cities across the country to honor the accomplishments and struggles of black Americans. If you are looking for ways to celebrate Black History Month, but aren't sure how to get started, consider spending a day volunteering at a local social justice organization, historical society, or library. Some of these organizations have civil rights volunteer opportunities specifically designed for families with kids. If you want to volunteer with the kids but a group doesn't offer children's programming, ask about other opportunities to learn. History, cultural, or municipal groups have resources to share that highlight the contributions of people of color in your area and throughout the United States. Expand your reach, and you'll find volunteering is a great way for your whole family to gain knowledge and make new friends. There are plenty of Black History Month activities for classrooms, parks, and fundraisers to add to your volunteering schedule, too. Learn Something New Whatever age you are, you can always learn and grow. Volunteering to celebrate Black History Month is a way to discover stories you may

not have even been aware of. Was your hometown on the Underground Railroad? Ask your local historical society if they need help cleaning up a historical marker or cemetery. Are your kids interested in science? Make a poster for your school or library about a scientist or inventor like George Washington Carver or Mae Jemison. Many U.S. cities offer an MLK Day of Service every year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which unites local folks to volunteer at sites such as food pantries and senior centers. When you are talking to organizations about volunteer opportunities, also ask about events or books that might be helpful. For example, they may be able to point you toward some age-appropriate biographies of local history makers. You may even find yourself honoring Black History Month by hearing the stories of individuals directly involved in the civil rights movement. They could be older people who remember demonstrating in the 1960s, or current organizers who work with a local movement. When talking to people at a social justice organization, ask them if there are any performances in your community that feature individual experiences or revisit historic events. Grow Your Perspective In this month and throughout the year, encourage your kids to think about the stories and perspectives they hear every day.

Who does most of the talking in your community? Are the books you read and TV shows you watch filled with diverse voices? If you read bedtime stories to your little ones, look for a chapter from black history like Henry's Freedom Box or a story of overcoming prejudice like Amazing Grace. For older kids, take a trip to your library to explore poets of color such as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Rita Dove. Signing up to read aloud is always a great volunteering opportunity for teens and adults, too. Make New Connections Volunteering or visiting a local organization, if you haven't done it before, is a great opportunity to meet new people. Start new conversations about yourself and the world you live in, and make connections on a deeper level. Maybe trying something new for a day will lead to longterm commitments to an area organization, or a newfound friendship for you and your children. When you're looking for opportunities for Black History Month, talk to members of your community for ideas and ways to help near you. If you are looking to stretch out of your social circle, consider consulting a volunteer website like VolunteerMatch for openings in your area. Whatever you do, get out there and lend a hand! Reprinted from https://www. tomsofmaine.com/good-matters/ helping-hands/celebrate-black-historymonth-learn-grow-and-volunteer

Celebrate Black History Month

A Testament of Hope

The warmth of Other Suns

African American Poetry

By: Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Isabel Wikerson

Edited By: Kevin Young

Here, in the only major onevolume collection of his writings, speeches, interviews, and autobiographical reflections, is Martin Luther King Jr. on non-violence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, the ethics of love and hope, and more.

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prizewinning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades- long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present.

March: Book 1 By: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Hitting a Straight Sick with a Crooked Stick By: Zora Neale Hurston

Stamped From the Beginning

Wandering in Strange Lands

By: Ibram X. Kendi

By: Morgan Jerkins

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Just Us By: Claudia Rankine


Adult Programs Arts & Crafts Take & Create: Adult Craft Kits

Put your culinary and artistic creativity to the test with this chocolate painting kit! Mold your own chocolates, and use the food coloring gel to make your masterpiece. One of a kind, handmade chocolates are a great gift to give on Valentine's Day! Everything you need will be provided in the kit, available on a first-come, first-served basis. While supplies last. Tues, Feb. 9, 11AM-6PM

Book Clubs Basalt Regional Library Book Club

A virtual monthly book-club on Zoom. It is great to be a reader when you are stuck at home; books have been a wonderful escape this past year for many of us, though, what we've missed is sharing those books with others. Join us for an informal discussion of all things books - we'll look at the past year in books, highlighting some of the big releases you may have missed and everyone can share some of their favorite reads! Wed, Feb 3, 12-2PM

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Community Free Legal Clinic From Home *

Volunteer attorneys will assist you with your legal matters, oneon-one via a phone call. Meetings are a maximum of 15 minutes. Please sign-up by calling 970-927-4311 or emailing info@ basaltlibrary.org before the day of the clinic. Thurs, Feb. 11, 2-5PM

Date Night From the Library: Dinner To Go *

A special Take and Create project for two. Whether you celebrate Galentine’s Day, or Valentine’s Day, or have an anniversary or birthday in February, pick up one of our dinner kits and cook virtually alongside Bernard Moffroid former chef/owner of Café Bernard in Basalt. Menu includes Chicken La Tuilipe and Chocolate Lava Cake for two. Space is limited, registration required. Fri, Feb. 12, 6-8PM

Music Music From the Library: Celebrating Black Composers

The Sopris Quartet is excited and honored to celebrate Black composers in an eclectic program spanning three centuries and multiple genres. Violinists Emily Acri and Delaney Meyers, along with violist Julia Foran, and bassist Jeanette Adams, are dedicated teaching artists and educators as well as performers. This concert, specially designed for audiences of all ages, will be presented on GrassRoots TV, and will be available on our website after the broadcast. Mon, Feb. 1, 5:30-6:30PM

Music From the Library: Love Songs From the Heart

Josefina Mendez, vocalist, Tim Fox, pianist, and Mike Facey, bass, will perform songs from the North and South American song books. These are songs, as Leonard Cohen illustrated, that ‘search for exactly the right language to describe interior landscape’. The program will include many of your favorites— ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘The Nearness of you’, ‘Lullaby of Birdland’... and more. This concert will be presented on GrassRoots TV, and will be available on our website after the broadcast. Wed, Feb. 10, 5:30-6:30PM

Library Business Finance Committee



Monthly meeting of the Library’s finance committee. Wed, Feb. 10, 5:15-7PM

Board of Trustees

Monthly meeting of the Library’s board of trustees. Mon, Feb. 15, 5:15-7PM


* Advance registration required

Technology Classes Looking for vrtual tech help? Set up a half hour appointment to walk through your questions on zoom. Email cbaumgarten@ basaltlibrary.org.

Grow with Google: Improve Your Resume with Practical Strategies *

Read a resume like a hiring manager. In this workshop, you’ll get four strategies to improve your resume and a checklist of tips to help you communicate your strengths. This is a live session from Grow with Google. Registration is required. Wed, Feb. 3, 11-12M

Grow with Google: Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps * Learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. This is a live session from Grow with Google. Registration required. Wed, Feb. 10, 9-10AM

Grow with Google: Work Smarter with Google’s Productivity Tools *

This workshop will share productivity tips to help you work faster and smarter. You’ll learn how to organize emails into tasks in one step, use voice-to-text typing in Docs, create Calendar work blocks to manage your time, and more. This is a live session from Grow with Google. Registration is required. Wed, Feb. 17, 10-11AM


Movies to celebrate Black History Month

20 Important Black Leaders to Know

By Danyale Reed Every one of the black leaders we've featured has a distinct story and legacy, but they all share some commonalities: poise and confidence that no doubt added to their iconic statuses. Look a little closer at each story to witness their perseverance through oppression and their determination through struggle. There, you'll find the link that brings these American heroes together. Martin Luther King Jr. Powered by faith, inspired by Gandhi and motivated by hope for equal treatment for all, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered words to a generation (such as his I Have a Dream speech) that moved them to change the way they thought, which ultimately shifted the world. There is still work to be done to complete Dr. King's vision, but there is no

doubt that the progress we've made was set in motion by black leaders like him. Rosa Parks Often called "The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white male passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. Four days later, black people in the city organized a boycott of the city's buses that lasted for over a year. This collective protest employed Martin Luther King Jr. as its spokesperson and initiated the beginning of the civil rights movement. Malcolm X He was known for having firm views on black empowerment and separatism, but Malcolm X is an important black leader for the transformation he made later in life. Although he was once the face of the Nation of

Islam, Malcolm X later left the organization and renounced its teachings. After a life-changing pilgrimage to Mecca, he came home a new man with optimistic views on integration and a message of love for all. Phillis Wheatley During a time when black people were discouraged from learning how to read and write, Phillis Wheatley, a Senegal/ Gambia-born black girl who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, defied them all and published a book of poetry. She's not only the first African American to have a work of poems published (endorsed by John Hancock and George Washington), but also one of the first women to do so. Afeni Shakur The mother of late rapper Tupac Shakur is known from his affectionate song, Dear Mama, but Afeni Shakur was

also remembered as a black leader in her own right. Once a Black Panther, Afeni defended herself and, because of that, was acquitted of conspiracy bombing charges (along with 20 others), giving birth to Tupac just one month and three days later. A political activist, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Afeni symbolized what was achievable even through the most severe circumstances in life. Frederick Douglass Born a slave to a mother he would only see a few times in his life and a white father he'd never meet, Frederick Douglass resolved to escape his harsh life and help other African Americans do the same, through abolition. He published multiple autobiographies about his life as a slave, acting as a spokesperson for equality. He wasn't only a leader of the black community, but to all, fighting for equal rights of women and minorities during his lifetime. Barack Obama One of the most recent and significant black leaders of our time is none other than the 44th US president, Barack Obama. He was only the fifth African American to ever be elected to the US Senate and the first black person ever elected as commander-in-chief. The entire Obama clan — including, Michelle, Malia and Sasha — are this county's greatest representation of #blacklove and deserve to be celebrated. Zora Neale Hurston Like so many other great authors throughout history, Zora Neale Hurston died without knowing how powerful a leader she would become. Hurston was born in Alabama, but was adopted to New York, becoming a significant contributor of the Harlem Renaissance and an honest voice for the black experience of her

time. With her candid accounts of life, writers like Ralph Ellison were inspired by her and have carried her legacy into today. Thurgood Marshall As the first black US Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall was an extremely influential black leader. He was a patriot liberal who defended constitutional rights in a positive light whenever he had the chance. With monumental victories throughout his career, like Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (the verdict that invalidated segregation in public schools), he was a major contributor to the end of the Jim Crow era. Ta-Nehisi Coates During a time when a generation needs an eloquent black voice that evokes emotion, Ta-Nehisi Coates is our guy. Best-selling author of We Were Eight Years in Power, he isn't afraid to have uncomfortable conversations that America needs to push for progress. His work inspires people from all ethnicities (not just black readers), a uniting quality that every child could benefit to learn from. James Baldwin Articulating what it feels like to be black isn't easy. From the slight injustices life hands you, to the bold reactions of other people, based only on what you look like, it's an experience few outside the community can understand. Somehow, James Baldwin revealed these most intimate experiences in works like Go Tell It on the Mountain and the autobiographical Notes of a Native Son. He was a standout writer, playwright, and leader in black literary history. Muhammad Ali He floated like a butterfly, stung like a bee … and went to jail for refusing to be drafted into a war he didn't believe in. You guessed

it: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali made a name for himself in and out of the ring. Besides being considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxing champions of all time, Ali was a social activist, refusing to fight for something he didn't believe in. Sidney Poitier Born to poor farmers in the Bahamas but later moving to New York, Sidney Poitier came from nothing, but achieved the unimaginable for black actors of his day by becoming a leading man in Hollywood. Poitier was determined to make opportunities for African Americans and did so by performing outstandingly as an actor, gaining a respected reputation. Eventually, he went on to become the first black actor to win an Oscar for a leading role in Lilies of the Field. Oprah Winfrey She may have come from a tumultuous childhood filled with abuse, but Oprah Winfrey grew up to become a leader to African Americans, women, journalists, filmmakers, and pretty much anyone with a pulse. Winfrey is as close as it gets to American royalty, with a business empire that can't be touched. She's everything you'd want in a queen, so all hail Oprah. Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman literally led black people from slavery to freedom. There's no way you can find a better black leader than that. After she helped save over 300 slaves via the Underground Railroad, Tubman went on to serve in the Civil War as a nurse, a cook, and a spy. Until the day she died, she served her community by opening schools for African Americans and speaking on behalf of women's rights — all without ever learning to read.


Ella Baker Arranging peaceful sit-ins and collaborating with other great leaders like MLK during the civil rights movement means Ella Baker was a prominent person in black history. She was inspired by the resilient stories of life as a slave, told to her by her grandmother, that moved her forward with purpose in life. Determined to bring justice and equality to America, Baker organized pivotal events that helped put a stop to segregation and Jim Crow laws. Shirley Chisholm If you don't know about the Chisholm Train, you're missing out. Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress and also the first black woman to seek presidential candidacy with a major party. Acting as a stepping stone for what would one day be our first African American president, Chisholm is surely a great black leader to learn about right now. Madam C.J. Walker Perhaps the Oprah of her time, Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove) is often credited as the first black woman millionaire. She was a marketing genius, developing a beauty system specifically for black women and advocating for those same women through

charitable contributions, like the scholarships she funded at Tuskegee Institute. Committing to her cause, Walker employed over 3,000 people and rewarded them for giving back to their communities. W.E.B. Du Bois To say W.E.B. Du Bois took education seriously would be an understatement. The co-founder of the NAACP graduated high school (valedictorian, of course) in 1884 and spent the next 11 years studying at various schools, eventually becoming the first black person to ever receive a doctorate from Harvard University. He fought tirelessly for social justice until his death in Ghana at the age of 95. Maya Angelou It's an insult to call Maya Angelou simply a poet. She worked closely beside MLK (who was killed on her birthday) and Malcolm X during the civil rights movement. She acted in theater and film, while receiving dozens of honorary degrees. The title of great black American leader was just one of the many crowns worn by author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first bestselling nonfiction book by an African American woman. Reprinted from https://mom.com/ momlife/205297-20-important-leaders-knowblack-history-month/muhammad-ali

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden


Ice Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

Children and Teen Programs Grab and Go Activities Pick up a different craft or activity every week! Pick up will be during the Grab and Go Lunch hour on the Eastern entrance to the library. Wednesdays, 12-1PM

Free Grab & Go Lunch for Kids and Teens Stop by the library on Wednesday afternoons for a free graband go-lunch! These shelf-stable snack lunches are for kids and teens 18 years old and younger but may also be picked up by a parent or caregiver. Take them home for later, or enjoy your lunch while responsibly social distanced in the park behind the library, just make sure to pick up after yourself. Facemasks and social distancing are required at pick up. This program is provided in partnership with the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies. Wednesdays, 1-2PM

Stop by the lobby desk this week for a fun scavenger hunt to find and interact with the professional ice sculptures at Basalt Regional Library and other locations! Ice sculptures provided by the Basalt Public Arts Commission. Scavenger hunt available while sculptures last. Mon, Feb. 8th, While sculptures last

Early Literacy Grab Bag Stop by to pick up an early literacy kit for ages 0-3. Each kit will include a free book, activities, games, and resources for you and your child to learn and explore together. Available while supplies last. Thurs, 10:30-11AM

Online Storytime Welcome to Online Storytime, taking place live on our Facebook Page! We are excited to invite families to our early literacy storytimes. Designed for 3-5 year olds, we will enjoy stories, songs, and action rhymes. Thurs, 10:30-11AM

Ukulele for Beginners Have you ever wanted to check a ukulele out from the library, but didn’t know how to start playing? Here is your chance to learn! Whether you’ve never touched a ukulele before in your life, or have tried before but didn’t quite “get it”, this class is for you. We’ll cover ukulele tuning and care, fundamental chords and strumming patterns, exercises to help you practice on your own, and even learn a song or two! By the end of this program, you will also know how to look up ukulele chords and tabs for nearly any song you want to learn. Registration is required. Tues & Thurs, Feb. 2, 4, 9 & 11, 4:30-5:15PM






Events are subject to change. For the most up to date info, visit basaltlibrary.org/events-calendar Wed






5:30-6:30PM Music From the Library: Celebrating Black Composers

4:30-5:15PM Ukulele for Beginngers

11AM-12PM Grow with Google: Resume Improvement

10:30-11AM Online Storytime

12-2PM Basalt Regional Library Book Club







4:30-5:15PM Ukulele for Beginngers

12-6PM Grab and Go Activities 1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens 7




While Sculptures Last Ice Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

11AM-6PM Take & Create: Painted Chocolates

11AM-12PM Grow with 10:30-11AM Online Google: Google My Business Storytime

4:30-5:15PM Ukulele for Beginngers


12-6PM Grab and Go Activities

2-5PM Free Legal Clinic From Home

1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens

4:30-5:15PM Ukulele for Beginngers

5:15-7PM Finance Committee Meeting

6-8PM Date Night From the Library: Dinner to Go

5:30-6:30PM Music From the Library: Love Songs from the Heart 14



5:15-7PM Board of Trustees Meeting







11AM-12PM Grow with 10:30-11AM Online Google: Google Productivity Storytime Tools 12-6PM Grab and Go Activities 1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens







12-6PM Grab and Go Activities

10:30-11AM Online Storytime

1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens

11AM-6PM Early Literacy Grab Bag

EVENTS, DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Check basaltlibrary.org/event-calendar for up to date info.

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Basalt Regional Library February 2021  

Focus on Black History Month

Basalt Regional Library February 2021  

Focus on Black History Month