Celebrate Black History Month

February 1 – 28, 2022

Celebrate Black History Month with the Grand Rapids Public Library!

Join us online February 1 – 28, 2022 for programs for both kids and adults that highlight and celebrate our Black community. 

Special thanks to the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation and the Wege 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 books that address the unique mental health challenges that Black people face. Browse all GRPL staff recommendations.

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Black History Month Craft Kits

These free 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. 

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


Black History Month Mindfulness Kits

Stop by your local GRPL branch to pick up a free Mindfulness Kit. 
Each kit contains materials for de-stressing activities, a StayWell resource guide, local mental health resources – including for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) community, and suggestions for practicing mindfulness at home! Resources are available in English and Spanish. 

Mindfulness Kits are available for adults and families with children and teens.
Kits can be picked up using ​GRPL To Go, our curbside hold pickup service, or can be picked up at any GRPL location. ​Available while supplies last.

Win a Set of Terry McMillan Books!

Tell us what you’d like to see at the library during future Black History Month programs and be entered for a chance to win a set of Terry McMillan books.

Responses are accepted February 1 – 28, 2022. Winners will be selected randomly from completed entries and notified via email after March 1, 2022.