Black History Month 2022


Health and wellness is a basic human right, a right many people of color have been denied throughout history to the present day. Systemic racism has negatively impacted communities of color, ranging from a lack of basic information, equal access to health care, and overall well-being. Join St. Louis Public Library for programs and activities to learn about the Black community's experience, ways to practice self-care, and much more. All programs will take place online and registration is required.

February 3: Addressing Black Fatigue
Join Behavioral Health Response (BHR) to learn about black fatigue, the intergenerational impact of systemic racism on the physical and psychological health of Black people. Kinya Johnson from BHR will discuss strategies for self-care and support related to black fatigue.

February 7: Mindful Moves: Yoga and You
Join us as we read Mindful Moves by Nicole Cardoza, practice some beginner yoga moves, and learn wellness tips.

February 8: To The Rescue: Little Medical School First Aid Class
Learn about basic first aid, role-play calling 911, and how to treat a minor injury and burn. Participants will build their own first aid kit! Presented by Little Medical School.

February 12: Minds Matter St. Louis
The Black Girl Health Foundation is presenting Minds Matter St. Louis, a 1-day virtual LIVE event filled with interactive workshops that focus on mental health-related topics geared toward African-American women in the St. Louis area.

February 15: Upcycled Kitchen Garden
Start your own kitchen garden using upcycled materials you can save from your trash can! Attendees can stop by Divoll Library to pick up supplies.

February 16: Blender Book Club “The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature”
Read and discuss J. Drew Lanham's The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature. Participants can pick up a copy of the book at Schlafly Library.

February 17: Storytime: Growing Green
Join us for a garden-themed storytime. Visit Cabanne Library to pick up seeds to start your own garden.

February 19: Mitigating Medical Mistrust
Learn about Black Americans’ mistrust of national public health agencies, strategies to increase confidence in healthcare systems, and how to advocate for fair medical care for oneself. Presented by the Missouri Foundation for Health

February 20: A Conversation with Elle Simone Scott
If you could only use one word to describe Elle Simone Scott, it would be warrior. The Executive Editor and Founder of The Diversity Council at America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) fought for herself — navigating a career and life full of extreme highs and lows including an ovarian cancer diagnosis twice and agonizing treatments that followed, losing everything in the height of the 2008 recession and then reinventing herself career-wise, and being one of the few queer women of color to work as a chef in the culinary world.

February 21: Urban Gardening
A panel of local experts representing community gardens and gardening nonprofit groups gather to discuss urban gardening and how it impacts black communities in St. Louis.

February 23: Eating Healthy in a Food Desert
Learn how to make healthy choices while living in a food desert. Participants receive a shopping list and informational packet on nutritional eating.

February 24: Storytime: Little Sprouts
Join us for a Little Sprouts Storytime where families will enjoy stories and songs centered around gardening. Visit Schlafly Library to pick up a starter herb garden.

February 26: Storytime: Family Food
Come celebrate all things delicious at our Storytime: Family Food! Together we will read, sing and play as we learn about the food that unites our families. All stories will feature Black authors and/or illustrators.

The following drop-in activities will take place throughout the month at various locations: Self-Care Kit, Wellness Kits: Sensory Bottles and Words of Wellness.

The St. Louis Public Library’s Black History Month programming is made possible by the St. Louis Public Library Foundation.

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