February is Black History Month, sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Throughout the month, the Florida Public Library, located at 4 Cohen Cir. in Florida, will host special programs and guest speakers celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of African American people.
A showing of the movie, “Hidden Figures,” will be offered on Fri., Feb. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. This movie relates the story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. It is based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Braxton to Share Selected Poems
The Library will welcome Beverly Braxton on Wed., Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Beverly will share selected poems from “Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford. Weatherford’s collection cleverly summarizes the broad span of African American history, with short rhyming poems. Starting with Africa, the author takes the reader on a journey through time up to the present. Her poems focus on famous men and women, ordinary folks and legendary heroes who made their people proud.
Beverly Braxton is a beloved teacher and educational leader who throughout her 28 years at the Warwick Valley Central School District worked at all levels of the educational system: classroom teacher, PTA officer, school/district committees, and staff development. Since her retirement in 2010, Beverly has been teaching parenting workshops and in 2014, she founded Family Central, a grassroots, non-profit parenting support network, based in Warwick. Ms. Braxton is a recipient of numerous teaching awards and honors and continues to work as an education consultant, adjunct professor, trained facilitator, and published writer.
Monthly Book Club to Meet on Feb. 22
The library’s monthly book club will meet on Thurs., Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss “The Invention of Wings,” written by Sue Monk Kidd. The book follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s 11th birthday, when she is given ownership of Handful, who is to be her handmaid. The book follows the next 35 years of their lives and was inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist.
To register for these programs call 651-7659 or visit www.floridapubliclibrary.org.