African American History Month

2nd Annual African American Read-In

This Read-in is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. Established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of African American History Month, this initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

What is a Read-In? Read-Ins can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.

Our Read-In will be followed by a performance of “Harriet Tubman,” a one-woman show by masterful storyteller, Miz Rosie.

Freedom Quilts

Freedom quilts were said to have secret messages, helping to guide and protect the slaves on their way to freedom. After learning about the various patterns and their meanings, kids will create their own freedom quilts.

Grass Lake: February 13, 6 PM (Call 517-522-8211 to register)

Henrietta: February 21, 5 PM (Call 517-769-6537 to register)

More than a Headwrap – The Anthropology & Global Style of Headwrapping

Whip, Tuck, Pin! Headwrapping is an art and expression of choice for millions across the globe. From Africa to Bulgaria, from Michigan to Dubai, head wraps are worn by both men and women from a variety of cultures.

In this workshop, anthropologist Zarinah El-Amin Naeem shares the history and culture of headwrapping. You’ll also have the chance to learn styles and try on different scarves from around the world in our wrapping sessions with her team of headwrapologists. So grab a friend and come on down to the Carnegie Library for an afternoon of world culture!

More than a Headwrap Exhibit

In celebration of African American History Month, join us at the Carnegie Library from January 3-February 1 to experience the history of headwrapping. This will include photos and banners that show the cultural history and importance of the headwrap.

This exhibit is in conjunction with the More than a Headwrap program on February 1. To learn more about this program, visit

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