Chicago Public Library Celebrates Black History Month

In honor of African American History Month in February, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) will be offering a variety of virtual programs for children, teens, adults, and families around history, advocacy and achievements of African Americans. This year, CPL programs will focus on issues of mental health and physical well-being of black people.

The CPL African American Heritage Committee is committed to amplifying voices, promoting stories, and providing historical education to the African American community. They strive to support, educate, and uplift African American heritage through library programs and various resources. For a complete listing of programs, events, recommended books, coloring pages, and more, please visit

In addition to online events, seven CPL branches feature exhibits making visible the lives of the African Americans (or organizations) named after those branches (Douglass, Manning, King, Thurgood Marshall, Whitney Young Jr., Coleman and Chicago bee branches). The CPL Special Collections also recently completed the digitization of Mariame Kaba’s papers, and those interested in a contemporary view of abolition and organization can view the collection on appointment.

Highlights from the online event:

Yoga Storytime with Ms. Lina

Thursdays in February at 11 a.m.

Join Ms. Lina as she shares yoga poses, breathing techniques, songs, rhymes and books, along with suggestions for home activities.

Cancer disparities in minority communities

Monday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

Join community health organizations to learn how cancer affects communities of color and what can be done to change that narrative.

Doctor Bombay: East Meets West Health Discussion

Thursday February 10and at 18 hours

Join Doctor Bombay for a discussion of different and similar health practices in Eastern and Western medicine.

How mental and physical health affects our hair growth

Wednesday February 16and at 18 hours

Join Crystal Ross, CEO/Founder of Endow Mi Lavish Hair Extensions, for a discussion of the impact of stress and physical health on hair loss and growth and tips on how to improve your overall hair well-being.

Grab and Go Therapy Kits are available at regional branches in South Chicago, Thurgood Marshall, West Chicago, Beverly, Hall and Woodson.

Reading recommendations

We recommend these books exploring the heritage, history, and mental health and physical well-being of African Americans:

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