Featured Speaker

Tavis Smiley (photo)Tavis Smiley
Saturday, February 7, 7:00 p.m.

Award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Tavis Smiley presents a dramatic chronicle of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination and the trials and tribulations he faced following denunciations by the press and rejection by the president. Smiley's "Death of a King" paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King's life-one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero. Headquarters

Event Schedule


North County Branches
Bridgeton Trails, Florissant Valley, Natural Bridge, Prairie Commons, Rock Road

Central-West County Branches
Daniel Boone, Eureka Hills, Grand Glaize, Headquarters, Mid-County, Samuel C. Sachs, Thornhill

South County Branches
Cliff Cave, Oak Bend, Tesson Ferry

Black History Celebration 2015

Black History Celebration 2015 - Let Our Voices Be Heard - Feb. 1-Feb. 28



Story Time with Mama Lark presented by the Black Rep
Friday, February 6, 7:00 p.m.

Filled with audience participation and loads of fun, this fast paced storytelling performance is based on traditional folktales, songs, and movement. These tales will help young people understand the need for personal values and allow them to hear and see the outcome of wise and unwise actions and decisions. In our competitive, social media driven world, storytelling is a way to hear and see the power of spoken words, the importance of clear communication and listening. Storytelling is accessible to all ages and abilities.


Set the Night to Music
Friday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.

Saxophonist Rhoda G is one of the most respected talents in St. Louis. She has opened for some of the most celebrated R&B acts of our time, both in the U.S. and abroad. The evening will also feature R&B singer Tish Haynes, a mezzo-soprano who has performed in numerous musicals and has served as a background vocalist for several plays at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Refreshments will be served. Florissant Valley Branch


Gift of Gospel Celebration
Saturday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.


History of Black Music in Arch City

From the jazz of Miles Davis, the rock ‘n roll of Chuck Berry, the blues of Albert King, to the hip-hop of Nelly, St. Louis has birthed and raised several major African American musicians. In this 90-minute workshop, we will discuss their music and their myths and listen to their most popular and lesser-known works. Presented by Freedom Arts and Education. Ages13 and up. Registration required. Grand Glaize Branch, Mid-County Branch, Natural Bridge Branch, Prairie Commons Branch, Thornhill Branch




Drumology: From Africa to the Americas

Artistically explore the function of drums and percussion as a means of cultural communication and expression. Presented by Springboard. All ages. Bridgeton Trails Branch, Daniel Boone Branch, Florissant Valley Branch, Tesson Ferry Branch


Story Time Puppets

Experience a hands-on introduction to various African percussion instruments followed by “The Lion and the Mouse” puppet show. Presented by Papa and Jackie Wright. Ages3 and up. Cliff Cave Branch, Headquarters, Florissant Valley Branch, Oak Bend Branch, Samuel Sachs Branch


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