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Celebrate Black History Month

The Miami‑Dade Public Library System is celebrating Black History Month throughout the month of February with a variety of online programs and events including arts and crafts, author events, storytimes, and more!

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Children

Online Workshop: African Mask Making for Tweens

Celebrate traditional African culture during this online workshop by creating your own unique, three-dimensional mask using recycled materials. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 7-13 yrs.

Tuesday, February 2, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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Pinecrest Branch Library is hosting this online event. 

Saturday, February 13, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
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Lemon City Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Thursday, February 18, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
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Culmer/Overtown Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Friday, February 19, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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Westchester Regional Library is hosting this online event.

Saturday, February 20, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
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Coconut Grove Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Wednesday February 24, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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South Shore Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Thursday, February 25, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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International Mall Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Online Workshop: Art Making for Tweens - Contemporary Black Artists

Find artistic inspiration in the lives and works of contemporary Black artists. Kids will learn about a variety of contemporary Black artists and create their own masterpiece in the style of one of the featured artists during this online workshop. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 7-13 yrs.

Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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West Flagler Branch Library is hosting this online event. 

Tuesday, February 23, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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Allapattah Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Saturday, February 27, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
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Miami Springs Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Online Writing Workshop: African American Poetry - Countee Cullen's Incident

Have you ever experienced or witnessed an act of discrimination? During this online workshop led by poet and actor David Mills, participants will explore the issue of discrimination using Countee Cullen’s poem as a starting point. Only a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil are needed. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 11 yrs.+

Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
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Country Walk Branch Library is hosting this online event.

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Teens

Online Workshop: My Portrait Puzzle for Teens

Inspired by artist Faith Ringgold and a traditional grid technique, students will create alternative self-portraits that encourage self-investigation and reflection. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 12-18 yrs.

Saturday, February 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
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Naranja Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Online Workshop: African Mask Making for Teens

Celebrate traditional African culture by creating your own unique, three-dimensional mask using recycled materials during this online workshop. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 13-18 yrs.

Thursday, February 11, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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Coral Reef Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Online Writing Workshop: African American Poetry - Maya Angelou's Health Food Diner

Want to write poetry, but don't know where to start? Begin with something familiar - food! Using Maya Angelou's humorous poem for inspiration, use poetry to explore the benefits of healthy versus traditional, not-so-healthy foods during this online workshop led by poet David Mills. Only a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil are needed. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 14 yrs.+

Monday, February 22, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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Palm Springs North Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Online Writing Workshop: African American Poetry – History Has a Human Heart

This workshop uses an excerpt from Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail to see how a historical document may transform into a personal narrative using poetic devices. Participants may focus on any social concern to craft their own letter in the form of a poem, or epistolary poem. Only a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil are needed. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 14 yrs.+

Friday, February 26, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
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Arcola Lakes Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Online Writing Workshop: African American Short Stories - Langston Hughes' Feet Live Their Own Life

Using Langston Hughes’ humorous and creative short story for inspiration, participants are encouraged to meditate on how to move through history and comment on injustice. Online workshop is led by poet and actor David Mills. Only a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil are needed. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 14 yrs.+

Saturday, February 27, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
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South Miami Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Recommended Reads for Teens

Adults

Online Event: In de Fete – A Caribbean Dance Workout!

Did you know that dancing keeps the heart and mind strong? Make space in your living room for a fun online workout incorporating musical elements of Soca, Reggae, Kompa, and Afrobeats! Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time.
Ages 19 yrs.+

Tuesday, February 9, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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Lemon City Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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Coconut Grove Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Wednesday, February 24, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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North Shore Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Thursday, February 25, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
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North Dade Regional Library is hosting this online event.

Online Event: Virtual Author Series with Dr. Marvin Dunn

Join local author Dr. Marvin Dunn for a discussion of his book, A History of Florida: Through Black Eyes. The presentation will provide a glimpse of the black experience in Florida from the Civil War to Civil Rights. Rare photographs documenting black life will be presented. Online event hosted through Zoom. Space is limited. Registration required. Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email 24 hours prior to start time. Ages 19 yrs.+

Thursday, February 25, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
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Arcola Lakes Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Recommended Reads for Adults

All Ages & Family Events

Online Event: Stories with Donna Washington

Join the master storyteller and author online for an interactive program of African and African American folktales the whole family can enjoy. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 5 yrs.+

Saturday, February 6, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
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North Shore Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Saturday, February 20, 11:00 - Noon
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Miami Lakes Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Saturday, February 27, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
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Arcola Lakes Branch Library is hosting this online event.

Online Event: Tap, Scat, Swing & Sing – A Harlem Renaissance Storytime

Join us on a virtual journey to the Harlem Renaissance with stories about great performers of that time. Scat like Louie, dance like Florence, create on a dime like Selma with master storyteller Christal Walker as Josephine Baker. Program sponsored by Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. All ages.

Saturday, February 20, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
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Arcola Lakes Branch Library is hosting this online event.