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SACRAMENTO - February is Black History Month and libraries around Sacramentoare hosting a variety of events to celebrate.

Following are a list of events and the libraries at which they will be held throughoutthe remainder of February:

Ashanti Printed Cloth with ArtWorks (for teens)
The Ashanti people of Ghana paint and stamp patterns on fabric used for garments. Create a cloth wall handing using fabrics, spools, bottle caps, cookie cutters and vegetable stamps.
Thursday, February 14, at 4 p.m.: Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento

Tar Beach: Faith Ringgold's Story Quilts with ArtBeast (for school-age kids)
Hear a reading of Faith Ringgold's book, Tar Beach, and explore the author's story quilts celebrating family heritage. Kids will create a story quilt using paper and other materials to express their own family stories in a colorful way.
Thursday, February 21, at 4 p.m.: Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento

Dance & Drum for Joy (for school-age children)
A joyous drum and dance circle with Fenix Dance and Drum Company will be performed where everyone can participate.
Thursday, February 14, at 4 p.m.: Del Paso Heights Library, 920 Grand Avenue, Sacramento
Tuesday, February 19, at 4 p.m.: Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Avenue, Sacramento

African Paper Art with ArtWorks (for adults)
Paper has been used to make jewelry and is an honored art form throughout Africa. Paper can be used to fashion all manners of bracelets, necklaces and earrings. With a little practice, paper beads are easy to make and can be folded, woven and layered to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
Saturday, February 23, at 2 p.m.: Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Avenue, Sacramento

The Black Kitchen - Cooking from Our Heritage (for adults)
Join a discussion about the rich culinary heritage and diverse recipe sources of the African American kitchen. Share your favorite recipes and create something delicious with ingredients supplied at the program.
Wednesday, February 13, at 11 a.m.: Rio Linda Library, 902 Oak Lane, Rio Linda
Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30 p.m.: Sylvan Oaks Library, 6700 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights
Tuesday, February 19, at 6 p.m.: Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Avenue, Carmichael
Thursday, February 21, at 4 p.m.: Del Paso Heights Library, 920 Grand Avenue, Sacramento
Saturday, February 23, at 2 p.m.: Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 7340 24th Street, Sacramento

Ladies of Lincoln's Era Exhibit (for families)
Look beyond the bonnet with the Ladies of Lincoln's Era. Twelve stories of mischief- making, trend-setting and pistol-wielding women who made a difference in American history. Women featured in the exhibit include Harriet Tubman, 'conductor' on the Underground Railroad; Clara Barton, who established the American Red Cross; and Sojourner Truth, abolitionist, women's rights advocate.
February 1 through March 11 (during open hours): Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento

Here's to the Ladies: Carmen, Billie, Nancy and Dinah with the Vivian Lee Quartet (for adults)
Jazz vocalist and recording artist Vivian Lee and her quartet will celebrate divas of jazz - Carmen McRea, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Dinah Washington. Hear the music and learn about the lives of these amazing African American women of the jazz world.
Wednesday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m.: Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento

March on Washington, Fifty Years Later (for adults)
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, D.C., the human rights rally during which Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. Join Joseph A. Palermo, Associate Professor of History, California State University, Sacramento for a presentation on this pivotal event. Professor Palermo is an expert on social movements of the 20th century and the history of American foreign policy.
Tuesday, February 26, at 6 p.m.: Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento

Finding Your Black Ancestors with Lisa Lee (for adults)
Genealogy expert Lisa Lee will offer tips of tracing your family's black history roots.
Friday, February 15, at 3 p.m.: Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento

The Railroad: Harriet Tubman's Fight for Freedom with ArtBeast (for school-age kids)
In this interactive program, Harriet Tubman comes to life to tell her story of escaping slavery and assisting others to freedom.
Wednesday, February 13, at 3 p.m.: Walnut Grove Library, 14177 Market Street, Walnut Grove

A Quilting Story with Fenix Storytellers (for adults)
The Fenix storytellers will chronicle the lives of women of African descent through a series of dramatic monologues set to haunting drumbeats with a backdrop of colorful handmade quilts.
Saturday, February 23, at 10 a.m.: Del Paso Heights Library, 920 Grand Avenue, Sacramento

African American Folklore Stories and Puppetry (for school-age kids)
Hear Mr. Tim's dramatic telling of The 11:59, Patricia McKissack's book of a Pullman train porter and enjoy the puppet theater show, Zomo the Rabbit.
Thursday, February 28, at 4 p.m.: Del Paso Heights Library, 920 Grand Avenue, Sacramento

African American Inventors (for school-age kids)
Magician Forrest Barnes introduces African American inventors who have changed our lives with their remarkable inventions. Magic and illusions will be created using some of these inventions.
Wednesday, February 20, at 3:30 p.m.: Elk Grove Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove
Saturday, February 23, at 2 p.m.: McKinley Library, 601 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento
Thursday, February 28, at 3:30 p.m.: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento

Trade Bead Jewelry with artist Daphne Burgess (for families)
Trade beads used to trade for goods and services have intricate designs and are found in a variety of colors. Learn about the different meanings and origins of the beads then paint designs on various wood beads to create unique jewelry.
Tuesday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m.: Galt-Marian O. Lawrence Library, 1000 Caroline Avenue, Galt

Trade Bead Jewelry with artist Daphne Burgess (for adults)
Trade beads used to trade for goods and services have intricate designs and are found in a variety of colors. Learn about the different meanings and origins of the beads then paint designs on various wood beads to create unique jewelry.
Tuesday, February 19, at 6 p.m.: Orangevale Library, 8820 Greenback Lane, Suite L, Orangevale
Wednesday, February 27, at 6 p.m.: Elk Grove Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove

19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest awards ceremony (for families)
Hear the winning essays read by students who wrote about Dr. King.
Thursday, February 28, at 6:30 p.m.: Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 7340 24th Street, Sacramento

Hip Hop to the Drums with Fenix Drum and Dance Company (for school-age kids)
Break it down with the latest hip-hop moves to the grooves of the African drums. The big dance-off at the program's conclusion combines West African dance and hip-hop moves.
Friday, February 15, at 3 p.m.: Rio Linda Library, 902 Oak Lane, Rio Linda
Wednesday, February 20, at 6 p.m.: North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library, 2109 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento

WaZoBia with Mr. Sunny (for families)
WaZoBia means "Come! Come! Come!" in three distinct Nigerian tribal languages and is an invitation of togetherness and unity. Mr. Sunny shares the spirit of Africa with a cultural drum and dance program.
Saturday, February 23, at 1:30 p.m.: Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive, Sacramento

African American Story Quilts (for school-age kids)
Learn about the tradition of story quilts and make your own paper story quilt with library staff.
Thursday, February 21, at 4 p.m.: Valley Hi-North Laguna Library, 7400 Imagination Parkway, Sacramento

The Story of Rosa Parks
Sacramento Regional Transit District is celebrating its annual Season of Civil Rights to promote awareness of the significance that transit played in the American Civil Rights Movement. Visit Sacramento RT's 1958 historic bus "Old Blue" and hear storyteller Angela James talk about Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.
Saturday, February 23, 2 p.m.: Valley Hi-North Laguna Library, 7400 Imagination Parkway, Sacramento

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