The Lorain Public Library System will be celebrating Black History Month with events taking place throughout several of our branches.

The North Ridgeville Branch is hosting a month-long exhibit for Black History Month, which Youth Services Librarian Ally Morgan said will consist of artwork, photos, facts and quotes of important African American people and history.

Morgan said every day while the library is open during the month of February, there will be interactive timelines, educational worksheets, DIY foldable Black History Month books, coloring activities and writing activities.

“There will, of course, be books displayed for checkout included in the exhibit,” she said. “I think that this exhibit is important because it’s a way for the community to get involved in Black History Month.”

The North Ridgeville Branch is open from 10 8:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The South Lorain Branch will be hosting a film series throughout the month of February, organized by library associate Mark Peters.

Peters said his objective for the program is for the branch to present a variety of noteworthy films pertaining to the African-American experience.

“I wanted to select films that were made over the last 50 years that were interesting, important and expertly made,” he said. “Films that will appeal to a large range of people and incite meaningful conversation.”

The schedule for the film series is:

  • Feb. 1, 1 to 3:45 p.m., “The Color Purple”

  • Feb. 6, 2 to 3:45 p.m., “Lilies of the Field”

  • Feb. 9, 2 to 4:15 p.m., “A Raisin in the Sun”

  • Feb. 11, Noon to 2 p.m., “Moonlight”

  • Feb. 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m., “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of People”

  • Feb. 15, Noon to 3:30 p.m., “Malcolm X”

  • Feb. 18, Noon to 2:15 p.m., “42: The Jackie Robinson Story”

  • Feb. 20, 2 to 3:30 p.m., “Killer of the Sheep”

  • Feb. 23, 1 to 3:15 p.m., “Hotel Rwanda”

  • Feb. 25, 2 to 4 p.m., “In the Heat of the Night”

  • Feb. 27, 1 to 3 p.m., “To Sir With Love”

The South Lorain Branch will also be hosting a children’s event, a Stop and Go Party at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 6 to honor Garret Morgan, the inventor of the traffic light.

“Since this program is geared towards children under the age of six, I'll read some stories about transportation and highlight Garret Morgan as the inventor of the traffic light,” South Lorain Branch Librarian Brittney Thomas said. “There will also be a traffic light themed craft and snack, in addition to other activities.”

At the teen event, a Potato Chip Taste Test at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 to celebrate George Crum, the inventor of the potato chip, Thomas said teens and Tweens will get to taste test different potato chips and learn some potato chip trivia.

Brittney Thomas, a librarian at the South Lorain Branch, said she had seen ideas for both of the programs online and really wanted to tailor them to the branch in order to highlight African American history children and teens might not be familiar with.

“Traffic lights play an important role on our roads and are something we encounter almost daily while potato chips are a snack most of us enjoy indulging in from time to time, so wouldn't it be nice to learn some of the history behind them while having fun?” she said.

The Main Library will also be hosting a program called “Underground Railroad – Lorain County Connection” at noon Feb. 27 in which local resident Valerie Smith will detail the local area’s ties to the system that helped enslaved people find freedom.