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Ayana Mathis (photo)Ayana Mathis
Saturday, February 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Read St. Louis 2014--Fiction Selection

Selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and a New York Times bestseller, Ayana Mathis' astonishing debut novel, "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie," follows the trials of one unforgettable African American family: 15 year-old Hattie Shepherd, who flees the South during the Great Migration, and her nine children whose lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation. Headquarters

2014 Event Schedule

North County Branches
Bridgeton Trails, Florissant Valley, Indian Trails, Jamestown Bluffs, Lewis and Clark, 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, Meramec Valley, Oak Bend, Tesson Ferry, Weber Road

Black History Celebration 2014 - Dare to Dream - February 1-28


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“Witnesses to Freedom” presented by the Black Rep
Friday, February 7, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Inspired by events during the Civil Rights movement, this play focuses on happenings in the lives of Dr. Frankie Freeman, Margaret Bush Wilson and Norman Seay. Enjoy engaging stories, poetry and prose based on the book “Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights” by Belinda Rochelle. The Antioch Baptist Church will present a puppet ministry following the performance. Refreshments will be served. HQ

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Gift of Gospel Celebration
Saturday, February 22, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a myriad of gospel artists who will leave you feeling encouraged and inspired. Refreshments will be served. LC

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Set the Night to Music
Friday, February 28, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Wendy Gordon & Friends will perform selections from her celebrated Jazz Heaven Series. The music of jazz legends Billie Holiday and Nina Simone will be featured along with historical prose detailing pivotal moments from these two jazz legends. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served. FV



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African Percussion

Explore the diverse percussion traditions of Africa with Freedom Arts and Education Center. Participants will expand their cultural knowledge and learn the techniques and rhythms of authentic instruments like the djembe, caxixi, agogo and kalimba. Through rhythmic games and call-and-response exercises, students will increase their musical abilities and communication skills. Ages 8-16. BT, CC, DB, HQ, MC, MV, PC, TH.


African Dance

Afriky Lolo, the region’s premier West African dance company, returns to St. Louis County Library. Diadie Bathily (pronounced Jah-jee Bah-chilly), the celebrated West African choreographer and artistic and executive director of Afriky Lolo, will lead the dance company in an exciting performance. All ages. FV, IT, JB, LC, RR, TF

Br. John’s African Folktales

Join acclaimed, motivational storyteller Br. John as we explore the continent, languages and cultures of Africa through fun activities and interactive folktales. The program finishes with an energetic “Harambe” call-and-response and djembe drum session. Ages 3 and up. EH, GG, NB, OB, SA, WR



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