Black History Month Means Family Fun at the Oakland Public Library

Release Date: 
Fri, 01/14/2011

( Oakland, CA)—In celebration of Black History Month, the Oakland Public Library is hosting a variety of fun, kid-friendly cultural events in February. Free programs featuring James Henry and J.P. Myrick are sure to captivate children while imparting a growing appreciation for African American music and history.

James Henry, a percussionist and energetic educator, presents his Music and Drum Workshops. The versatile and charismatic Mr. Henry, a master of over 100 percussion instruments, fuses African, jazz, and other world music styles in his original compositions and arrangements of traditional folk songs. He has shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, the San Francisco Symphony, and members of the Grateful Dead. In his fun workshops, children of all ages can learn to play a variety of percussion instruments. Eight events are scheduled:

Piedmont Ave. Branch , 160 41 st Street, (510) 597-5011, Thursday, February 5, 10:30 a.m.

Elmhurst Branch , 1427 88 th Avenue, (510) 615-5727, Friday, February 6, 2009, 1 p.m.

César Chávez Branch , 3301 East 12 th Street, (510) 535-5620, Saturday, February 7, 1 p.m.

Temescal Branch , 5205 Telegraph Avenue, (510) 597-5049, Friday, February 20, 10:30 a.m.

Brookfield Branch , 9255 Edes Avenue, (510) 615-5725, Friday, February 20, 1 p.m.

Dimond Branch , 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, (510) 482-7844, Tuesday, February 24, 7 p.m.

Montclair Branch , 1687 Mountain Blvd., (510) 482- 7810, Thursday, February 26, 10:30 a.m.

West Oakland Branch , 1801 Adeline Street, (510) 238-7352, Thursday, February 26, 1 p.m.

Dramatic storyteller J.P. Myrick aims to entertain, educate and motivate with her depictions of African American women who left their mark on history. In a pair of performances at library branches Ms. Myrick will portray scientist and inventor Madame C.J. Walker and underground railroad hero Harriet Tubman.

Lakeview Branch , 550 El Embarcadero, (510) 238-7344, Thursday, February 5, 1 p.m. (Ms. Myrick will portray C.J. Walker.)

Martin L. King Jr. Branch , 6833 International Blvd., (510) 615-5728, Tuesday, February 10, 2:30 p.m. (Ms. Myrick will portray Harriet Tubman.)

For more information, please call (510) 238-3615, or see the Oakland Public Library’s Web site: . The Oakland Public Library is a department of the City of Oakland.