Black History Month Programs and Much More at HPL in February
Soul food, crafts, trivia contest, and poetry are some of the highlights for February's Black History Month at Hackley Public Library!
Join the writing group. Michigan teens solve a mystery. Plus, enjoy youth and teen crafts, story times for kids and more from your neighborhood library.
Black History Month Programs and Single-Date Programs
We're in the mood for a little soul food! Watch and listen as Chef LaKisha Harris of Soul Filled Kitchen shares insight and expertise on soul food cooking. This Cooking with Soul event will take place virtually through Zoom, at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1. To register for this program, visit hackleylibrary.org, HPL's Facebook page, call (231) 722-8011 or stop by the library. Closer to the event date, registrants will receive an email with a link to view the program. Free.
Follow along with Mallory on the Hackley Library Facebook page for a virtual class on how to make a bracelet inspired by Black History! To pick up a free craft kit, registration is required. To register for Black History Bracelet – Hackley Crafts, visit hackleylibrary.org, HPL's Facebook page, call (231) 722-8011, or stop by the Library. Closer to the date of the event, registrants will receive an email with pick-up instructions. The instructional video for this craft will be posted to HPL's Facebook page at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2. Free.
You think you know your Black History? Gather up a group of friends and join Hackley Library virtually to participate in an annual trivia contest! Teams will be asked questions on Black History, and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams! Please limit your team to no more than 4 people (team members do not need to be in the same household). This Black History Trivia Contest will take place virtually through Zoom, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 6. To register your team, visit hackleylibrary.org, HPL's Facebook page, call (231) 722-8011 or stop by the library. Closer to the event date, registrants will receive an email with a link to participate the program. Free.
Enjoy the visual art of writing during a Beginner’s Chinese Calligraphy class! Artist Jojo Liu will share the basics of traditional Chinese calligraphy, including brush holding, basic writing strokes, and more. Jojo's calligraphy showcases a stunning balance of established calligraphy art combined with modern touches. This program will take place virtually through Zoom, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6. Registration for materials has filled, but registration for viewing this program (without materials) is open and available! To register, visit the hackleylibrary.org online events calendar, or HPL's Facebook page, call (231) 722-8011, or stop by HPL. Free.
Enjoy a night of meaningful poetry! Share your own poetry, poems by your favorite poet, or read works from your favorite Black History/Black Experience/African American poet. Poetry Night will take place virtually through Zoom, at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 8. Registration is recommended for Poetry Night, but "virtual walk-ins" will also be welcome (a link will be shared to Facebook and on our website shortly before the event). Please register at hackleylibrary.org, HPL's Facebook page, call (231) 722-8011, or stop by the library. Closer to the event date, registrants will receive an email with a link to view the program. Free.
Learn the secrets to beautiful black hair from experts Nietra Hood and Ebony Jones during HPL's Black Hair Care Clinic! Nietra will share tips on how to care for your own hair, or for a young person's hair. Ebony will be on hand to share expertise on the nutritional side of hair care. This program will take place virtually through Zoom, at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22. Registration for this program opens Friday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m. Please register at hackleylibrary.org, HPL's Facebook page, call (231) 722-8011, or stop by the library. Closer to the event date, registrants will receive an email with a link to view the program. Free.
Mark your calendar for Anne & Emmett, a stage play produced by Ebony Road Players. In this imaginative, 30 minute sampling of a stage play, Anne and Emmett (Anne Frank and Emmett Till) meet in a place called "Memory" to share accounts of their lives and deaths. The story, about Till, an African American boy and Anne Frank, a German-Dutch Jewish girl, compares and contrasts how the racial injustices experienced on both ends were more similar than many people want to accept.
A short discussion on the importance of the arts in history, education, and social justice will follow. This event will take place virtually through Zoom, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27. Registration for this program opens on Wednesday, January 27 at 10 a.m. To register, visit hackleylibrary.org, HPL's Facebook page, call (231) 722-8011, or stop by the library. Free.
Ongoing Youth/Teen Craft Kit Programs
You’ve laced up our hearts into knots! Spend a cozy afternoon lacing heart designs and share this activity with someone you love. Free Paper Plate Woven Heart craft kits are available at Hackley Library beginning February 1, and while supplies last. An instructional video will be posted to HPL’s Facebook page at 3:00 p.m. on February 1 and 15. Free.
This is the way…to get a sweet new magnet for your fridge! Is Baby Yoda too cute for words? That’s up to you to decide. Free Baby Yoda Perler Bead Magnet craft kits are available at Hackley Library beginning February 1, and while supplies last. An instructional video will be posted to HPL’s Facebook page at 3:00 pm on February 1 and 15. Please note: this craft is intended for tweens and teens! Free.
Enjoy all the best parts of story time from the convenience of your home! Join Hackley Library virtually for songs, stories, and movement activities on Thursday and Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook.
Not sure which day to watch? Our Toddler Story Time on Thursdays is intended for children who enjoy shorter stories and more movement activities. Our Preschool Story Time on Fridays is designed for children who prefer to follow along with longer stories.
In February, Toddler Story Time will be on February 4, 11, 18, and 25. Preschool Story Time will be on February 5, 12, 19, and 26. Free.
Did you know? Hackley Public Library has a creative writing group called Left to Write! For now, we're bringing Left to Write to you online, with prompts over Facebook. These writing prompts will be posted to HPL’s Facebook page every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Anyone can participate by using a storyline prompt to inspire your writing! Once the library is hosting programs inside the library, we will have a special meeting to read over what you've written at home. Free.
Calling all teens throughout Michigan! YOU are invited to participate in the virtual MiLibraryQuest: Mystery Edition! An anonymous tip has come in that a thief will steal an iconic Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. We’re recruiting teenage private detectives to stop the heist! Figure out who the thief is and what they’re stealing to prevent the crime and enter to win a reward.
Learn more details about the Quest from the website at mi.gov/MiLibraryQuest. The Quest begins on January 1 and ends on February 14, 2021. This Library Quest challenge is made up of public libraries across Michigan and is supported in part by the Library of Michigan. Free to participate!
Founded in 1890, the Hackley Public Library is located in downtown Muskegon. Hackley Public Library's Main Building is located at 316 W. Webster Ave. Currently HPL's main library building is open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. HPL's Local History and Genealogy department, located in the Torrent House, is open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
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