Celebrate Black History Month at Stark County Library

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February is Black History Month and the library is providing a variety of ways to celebrate the month and learn a little more about African-American history.

For pre-school age children, each location of the library is having a Black History story time, which is designed to introduce children and their families to the ideas of unity and diversity through stories, songs, rhymes and crafts. Check StarkLibrary.org/events calendar for locations and times that work for you.

Historical presenter Paul Goebbel will tell the exciting story of some of the brave men and women who risked personal fortunes and freedom on The Underground Railroad on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the Perry Sippo Branch, 5710 12th Street NW.

On Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., at the DeHoff Memorial Branch, 216 Hartford Ave. SE, Goebbel will explore the Dred Scott Decision, followed by Charita Goshay at 12:30 p.m., who will present a history of Canton's Cherry Avenue. Guests are invited to share memories and photos.

Finally, Jimmie Woody, professional actor, storyteller and teaching artist from Young Audiences presents "Voices in Black History." Woody will bring to life the achievements of important historical leaders through their own words at the library's Black History Month 2013 Main Event on Saturday, Feb.16. Also participating are the Canton YMCA Sugar Babies Double Dutch and Dance Team and the Belden Lighthouse Praise Team. A representative of the U.S. Postal Service will unveil the 2013 Black History Month stamp and Terrance Jones, executive director of Multi-Development Services of Stark County will be the master of ceremonies. The Main Event will be at the Main Library, 715 Market Ave. North, on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1-3 p.m.

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