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Canada 150: February is Black History Month

Posted: by Emma on January 16, 2017

The Blue Mountains Public Library celebrates Canada 150 with 12 months, 12 themes.

Canada 150 programming in February focuses on Black History month with a series of events to engage all ages.  

Wednesday February 1st features the children’s programme “Show Tell, & Create”. This drop-in after school programme at the Craigleith Heritage Depot is for youth aged 5-13, with caregivers welcome to attend. February’s theme is maps and wayfinding along the Underground Railroad.  The programme runs from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Admission is by donation.

On Thursday February 2nd, a film and talk programme entitled “Amazing Grace and Abolition” will trace the story of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery. The film Amazing Grace will be shown first. It tells the story of William Wilberforce and his goal to abolish slavery through the British Parliament. This will be followed by a talk about Charles Stuart by Andrea Wilson, Curator of the Craigleith Heritage Depot.  Charles Stuart retired to Lora Bay in The Blue Mountains area after making his mark in three countries to help abolish slavery. This programme will take place from 10:00am-12:30pm at the Craigleith Community Hall, which is down the road from the Craigleith Heritage Depot on Lakeshore Road East. Admission is by donation.

On Thursday February 9th, please join us for an Author Talk with local writer, Judith Plaxton. Judith will be at L.E. Shore Memorial Library at 2pm to discuss her junior fiction novel, Morning Star, the story of escaped slaves going North to freedom via the Underground Railroad. All are welcome!  BVCS grade 6/7 classes will be in attendance. 

On Thursday February 16th, “Amazing Grace and Abolition” will occur again a repeat of the Feb. 2 programme; please see above for details. This second edition will take place from 1:30-3:30pm at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library branch. Admission is by donation.  

On Friday February 17th, a Quilting Workshop with the Georgian Quilters will take place Friday Feb. 17 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at L.E. Shore Memorial Library. This all-ages programme will teach the basics in quilting and attendees will learn how to make a small quilted project.  Materials provided.  Please register in advance online or at L.E. Shore or by calling 519599-3681. 

The “Books on Deck Book Club” will meet on Wednesday Feb. 22 from 6:45pm-7:45pm. The book “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd will be the focus of discussion. Although the book club is full, anyone who has read “The Invention of Wings” is welcome to join this meeting to engage with the chosen book’s subject matter in honour of Black History Month.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Community Foundation Grey Bruce, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. 



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