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Black History Month

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize, celebrate, and honor the rich and diverse history, and important contributions and achievements, of African Americans.  

Upcoming programs and booklist recommendations are at the bottom of this page. A pdf of programs for adults is available here.


Black History Month Reading Challenge

Accept the challenge to read 3 items of your choosing for a chance to win a prize! Drop off your entry at any Milwaukee Public Library location. Educators, read 3 items to your class or group to be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Please complete the Google form as your entry


Printable Challenge forms:

Individual Reading Challenge form 
Individual Reading Challenge form 2 on page)
Educator Reading Challenge form

Adult Prizes $25 Gift Cards to:

 Niche Book Bar  INIK Soap Co. 
 Jamaican Fair Trade Coffee  Mr. Dye’s Pies 
Delicious Bites LLC  Twisted Plants  (2 cards)
Bronze Box  Sam’s Place 




 Teen Prizes: 

$50 Milwaukee Bucks gift card   $25 Amazon gift card 
$35 Selfie Hop gift card  Book bags 

 Children Prizes (ages 0-12): 

$50 Milwaukee Bucks gift card
$25 Confectionately Yours gift card
2 Super Soakers and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Christ Barton
Traffic Light and Saving the Day: Garrett Morgan's Life-Changing Invention of the Traffic Signal by Karyn Parsons
5 Book Bags

 Teachers/Educators Prizes:
$50 Amazon Gift Cards for each level: High School, Middle School, Elementary School and Childcare/Outreach

Hot Picks

Below are resources and ideas for books, e-books, audiobooks, e-audiobooks on Black history, stories, life and culture for every age group

For Children

Civil Rights for Children 

African American History & Heritage for Kids 
Ages birth-5
Ages 6-9
Ages 10-12

Black Caucus of ALA Best of the Best 2021 Booklist PreK – 4th Grade 

Black Caucus of ALA Best of the Best 2021 Booklist 5th - 8th Grade 

Coretta Scott King Book Award List 

Wisconsin’s Digital Library 

Video Stories from Kanopy – Login with a library card required 

For Teens

Black Lives Matter - Teen edition 

African American History & Heritage for Teens 

Black Caucus of ALA Best of the Best 2021 Booklist 9th - 12th Grade 

For Adults

Civil Rights 

Cultural Heritage – African American 

Fun Activities (printable pdfs)



October 5, 2022
4:30 PM
Hispanic Heritage Celebration with Panadanza! at Mitchell Street

Karlies Kelley Vedula of Panadanza Dance Company will lead a…

October 8, 2022
10:00 AM
Bembe Drum & Dance at Bay View

Join us for an in-person dance class on Bomba Puertorriqueña…

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