Keynote Speaker

Bernice King
Friday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters - Main Reading Room

2017 Frankie Freeman Inspirational Lecture

Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Bernice King is a human rights activist, motivational speaker and Chief Executive Officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Bernice will share her incredible story, covering everything from her ministry and legal work to her current mission to continue her parents' legacy. She will also discuss her mother's new autobiography as told to Reverend Dr. Barbara Reynolds, "My Life, My Love, My Legacy."

Event Schedule

North County Branches
Indian Trails, Jamestown Bluffs, Lewis & Clark, Natural Bridge, Prairie Commons, Rock Road

Central-West County Branches
Eureka Hills, Grand Glaize, Headquarters, Mid-County, Sachs, Thornhill

South County Branches
Cliff Cave, Grant's View, Oak Bend, Weber Road

Black History Celebration 2017

Highlighted Events

Kaitlyn Greenidge, "We Love You, Charlie Freeman"
Monday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. - Headquarters (Auditorium)
Described by the New York Times as a "terrifically auspicious debut, "Kaitlyn Greenidge's novel is a provocative and compelling exploration of America's failure to find a language to talk about race.
Pinx Dance Performance
Saturday, February 11, 3:00 p.m. Natural Bridge Branch
Lead by Nicole "Pinky" Thomas, Pinx Academy of Dance will present a Katherine Dunham style youth performance steeped in the rich history of St. Louis performers and their artistic endeavors. All ages.
Set the Night to Music
Friday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. Lewis & Clark Branch
Saxophonist and songwriter, Rod Tate will perform a mixture of smooth, contemporary, worship jazz and R&B. The evening will also feature Love Jones the Band performing a variety of music including soul, funk, pop, R&B and jazz. Refreshments will be served. All ages.
Gentlemen of Vision
Saturday, February 18, 1:00 p.m. Jamestown Bluffs Branch
Enjoy a performance from the nationally acclaimed dance troupe Gentlemen of Vision as they take us on a journey with stepping. All ages.
The Black Experience: Specializing in the Art of the Impossible
Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m. Headquarters

Join educators Dr. Stefan Bradley and De Nichols for a night of conversation and art about unlikely victories and impossible odds that face African Americans. Adults.
Gift of Gospel Celebration
Saturday, February 25, 6:00 p.m. 
Lewis & Clark Branch
This joyful program features national recording artist Eneazer Blissett Layne and Pastor David Catron, a musician and singer renowned throughout the St. Louis area. The New Mount Zion choir will also perform, along with other special guests. Light refreshments will follow the program. All ages.


Children’s Programs

Africa to America
Enjoy a dynamic performance involving the history culture, language and creation of three dance styles: West African, Jazz Swing and Hip Hop. Presented by Beyond Measure Dance Theater. All ages.

  • Cliff Cave Branch - Saturday, February 25, 10:00 a.m.
  • Headquarters - Thursday, February 16, 6:30 p.m.
  • Prairie Commons Branch - Saturday, February 18, 2:00 p.m.
  • Weber Road Branch - Saturday, February 4, 2:00 p.m.

African American Read-In
Join more than a million readers nationally to celebrate African American literature. Bring your own book or borrow one of ours. Refreshments provided. All ages.

  • Eureka Hills Branch - Monday, February 6, 4:00 p.m.
  • Indian Trails Branch - Saturday, February 11, 2:00 p.m.

Henry "Box" Brown and Tales of The Underground Railroad
Journey back to the historical era of the Underground Railroad. Bobby Norfolk breathes life into this amazing story of a slave turned hero, along with other tales of ordinary people taking extraordinary risks in the name of freedom. Ages 8 and up.

  • Eureka Hills Branch - Thursday, February 16, 4:30 p.m.
  • Grand Glaize Branch - Thursday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.
  • Jamestown Bluffs Branch - Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.
  • Mid-County Branch - Saturday, February 25, 2:00 p.m.
  • Natural Bridge Branch - Tuesday, February 14, 2:00 p.m.
  • Rock Road Branch - Monday, February 13, 4:00 p.m.
  • Samuel C. Sachs Branch - Monday, February 27, 4:30 p.m.
  • Thornhill Branch - Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m

Words From the Drum
The tales of African American folklore come to life as Kunama Mtendaji drums, sings, dances and tells stories from the United States, Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean. Ages 5 and up.

  • Grant's View Branch - Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.
  • Indian Trails Branch - Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.
  • Lewis & Clark Branch - Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.
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