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Black History Month

Black History Month

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Black History Month 

Chesterfield County’s Black History Month celebration has been a tradition for 29 years. CCPL hosts a variety of programs celebrating Black History Month, including musical performances and historical interpretations.



Kickoff musical event 

Live musical performance with Fully Loaded Band. Hosted by comedian Antoine Scott, with DJ Chuck Stone.
Please call 804-751-CCPL or register here for this event.

Friday, Feb. 2     7-9:30 p.m.
Virginia State University
Gateway Dining Event Center
1 Hayden Drive, VSU, VA


African Folktales

Storyteller Charmaine Crowell-White tells traditional African and African American folktales.
Saturday, Feb. 3         10:30-11:15 a.m.  LaPrade Library            Registration is required.
Tuesday, Feb. 6           7:30-8:15 p.m.     Meadowdale Library   Registration is required.
Thursday, Feb. 15       7:30-8:15 p.m.     Clover Hill Library        
Registration is required.
Saturday, Feb. 24       1:30-2:15 p.m.      Enon Library
                 Registration is required. 


African Americans in Midlothian, Va

Historian Audrey Ross tells about the rich and often-overlooked history of African Americans in Midlothian.
Thursday, Feb. 8         11 a.m.-noon     Midlothian Library      Registration is required. 


African Americans in Chesterfield County

Historian Audrey Ross presents an overview of the lives, accomplishments and contributions of African Americans to the county.
Saturday, Feb. 10       11 a.m.-noon     Chester Library     Registration is required. 


Jackie Robinson

For ages 5-10
Learn about Jackie Robinson’s life as a professional baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Presented by Bright Star Theatre.
Saturday, Feb. 17        10:30-11:15 a.m.   North Courthouse Road Library    Registration is required.


Life in the Negro Leagues

Edward Hudson, former pitcher and catcher for the Negro League’s Detroit Stars and the Kansas City Monarchs, discusses his career in the Negro League, and the league’s place in history.
Saturday, Feb. 17        11:15 a.m.-noon    North Courthouse Road Library    Registration is required. 


Honoring Chesterfield County African American World War I and II Veterans

Hear stories about African Americans who served in World War I and World War II. Presented by Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.
Saturday, Feb. 17        11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Chesterfield County Museum
6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield 23832 


Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History 

For ages 8 and up
Actors tell about the influence of the songs of slavery, hymns of the Underground Railroad, Beale Street blues and anthems
of the Civil Rights Movement. Presented by Bright Star Theatre.
Saturday, Feb. 17         2-2:45 p.m.    Meadowdale Library    Registration is required


Frederick Douglass

For grades K-12
Nathan M. Richardson reenacts Frederick Douglass’ life as a slave, his escape to freedom and rise as a great writer,
orator and abolitionist.
Monday, Feb. 19           1-2 p.m.         Ettrick-Matoaca Library    Registration is required. 


The Life of Frederick Douglass 

For all ages
Nathan M. Richardson details the life of Frederick Douglass, from his time as a slave to his escape and his rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist.
Monday, Feb. 19          6-7 p.m.          Bon Air Library    Registration is required. 


Speaking of Jazz with Victor Haskins’ Skein

Hear how jazz music developed, and learn the basic concepts behind jazz through performances of music from different eras.
This program is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tuesday, Feb. 20         7-8 p.m.          North Courthouse Road Library    Registration is required. 


Business Breakfast and Scholarship Recognition

Six scholarships will be awarded to Chesterfield County Public Schools students. The keynote speaker is retired General Dennis Via, U.S. Army Material Command. By invitation only.
Friday, Feb. 23            8-10 a.m.
Virginia State University
Gateway Dining Event Center
1 Hayden Drive, VSU, VA 


Beyond Black History Month

Get a historical perspective on race in the U.S., and how it has impacted education and current events on local and national levels.
Saturday, Feb. 24       10 a.m.-noon     Meadowdale Library    Registration is required. 

CCPL Resource Spotlights


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Loud & Clear Magazine

Loud and Clear Spring 2018 spotlight 

Find out what's happening at CCPL!
Read the magazine.

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Makerspace project

A makerspace is a creative area, designed for people to work together on many different projects. Learn more... 

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Book Discussion Groups

Book Discussion Group
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Story Times

 Story Times Kids Reading 

Our story times are developed by trained staff and focus on the skills every child should know so that when they enter school they are ready to learn to read.
Get more information. 

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