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Betty Before X book
Kirby McCurtis, Administrator North Portland Library
Published: 15 February 2018

Celebrate Black History Month at the library! We have filled our schedule with great programs to help you learn about and celebrate Black life. Visit multcolib.org or stop by your neighborhood library to learn more. Happy Black History Month!


North Portland Library


Sunday, Feb. 18, 2-3:30 p.m.: The 22nd annual African American Read-In

Don’t miss this special event! Guest readers will share their favorite works by African American authors.


Saturday, Feb. 24, 1-3 p.m.: Meet author Renne Watson

Join Portland author Renée Watson for a reading of her new middle grade novel, Betty Before X, co-authored by Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. The first 50 guests 18 and under will receive a signed book!


St. Johns Library

Visit St. Johns Library for their first ever film festival. Every Sunday in February from 2-4 p. m. enjoy a movie that highlights and uplifts the Black experience in America.

February 18: Red Tails
February 25: Tupac Vs


Central Library

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2:30 – 4 p.m.: Oregon Humanities presents After Obama: Talking Race in America Today

Central Library hosts Oregon Humanities and writer and professor Kim Singletary for a conversation that explores the challenges and benefits of discussing race openly with our family, friends and strangers. The conversation will also touch on best practices for encouraging constructive “race talks” within participants’ communities.


Albina Library

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Launch Your Own Podcast Today!

Have you ever wanted to have your own radio show? Josh Boykin will take you from an idea to a real-life podcast, using anchor.fm directly from your phone!


Gresham Library

Saturday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m.: Music And Movement

Children’s performer Aaron Nigel Smith will be jamming out with original music and some great dance moves.

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