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Celebrate Black History Month

February 1 – 28, 2021

Celebrate Black History Month with the Grand Rapids Public Library!
Join us online February 1 – 28, 2021 for programs for both kids and adults that highlight and celebrate our Black community.

Special thanks to the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation for their support of this program.

Virtual Events

Join us online for virtual performances, performances, and Taste of Soul Sunday during Black History Month.

Black History Month Reading List

We’ve compiled a list of fiction and nonfiction titles (including kids and teen titles) that recognize, celebrate, and honor the Black and African American experience (past, present, and future). Browse all GRPL staff recommendations.

Black History Month Craft Kits

Stop by and pick up a free craft kit. These take-home kits include age-appropriate crafts for toddler and kids, and include information to help parents explain great moments in Black History in the United States. Request a kit by ​calling any GRPL location​.

Craft kits can be picked up using ​GRPL To Go, our curbside holds pickup service, or can be picked up at any GRPL location. ​Available while supplies last.

Taste of Soul Restaurant Showcase

February 21 – February 28, 2021

Show your GRPL library card at participating restaurants between February 21 -28, 2021 to receive $5.00 off.

40 Acres Soul Kitchen
1059 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Boston Soul Cafe
​1553 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Daddy Pete’s BBQ​
2921 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Taste of Africa
1553 Kalamazoo Ave SE Suite A, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

* One discount per restaurant per household.
* Each restaurant is limited to offering the discount to the first 160 households.
* Please let the restaurant know that you will be using your library card for a $5 discount when you place your order.
*While supplies last.

Please practice safety by following the CDC’s recommended health guidelines. Wearing a mask and adhering to individual restaurant guidelines is required to be serviced from participating restaurants.