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African-American History Month @ Your Library

Contact: Jennifer Heinicke, Special Projects Librarian |

Schedule Features Storyteller Dylan Pritchett, Crafts, Music, and Film

All programs are free. Accommodations for those with special needs are available. Please request at (316) 261-8500 a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the event. Seating is limited. Thanks to the City of Wichita, Wichita Public Library Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and Friends of the Wichita Public Library for making many of these programs possible.

Dylan Pritchett
Since 1990, Dylan Pritchett has been a full time storyteller, taking his African and African-American folktales to hundreds of schools throughout the country.

The Power of Words: Stories with Dylan Pritchett
Go on a journey of history, fantasy, culture and truth as Dylan Pritchett weaves African and African-American stories into a fun-packed evening! All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. (60 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, The Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Telling Stories with Impact: A Workshop with Dylan Pritchett
This workshop is designed to strengthen the storytelling skills of parents, teachers, librarians or anyone who wants to become a better storyteller. Pritchett’s workshop will examine listening skills, voice inflection, body movement and purpose while having a whole lot of fun. Registration required and begins Wednesday, Jan. 18; call 688-9580 to register. Wichita Public School teachers may qualify for professional development credit. (3 hours)

  • 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580

Far and Wide: Stories with Dylan Pritchett
We grew up on stories told by Grandma and Grandpa! Make sure you come to hear Dylan Pritchett rekindle those age-old lessons learned which transcend time and place. Bring your children, laughter and smiles as Dylan tells stories of hope, strength and humor! He might play a little music too! For ages 4 and up with family. (45-60 minutes)

  • 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580
  • 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Make & Take Craft: Follow the Drinking Gourd
Runaway slaves knew to follow the “drinking gourd” north to freedom. Children aged 4-10 will learn how to use the Big Dipper to find Polaris, the North Star, when making their own star finders. (Available six hours)

  • 1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, Linwood Branch Library, 1901 S. Kansas, 337-9125
  • 1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. 9th, 337-9084
  • 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580

Obi Gui Gui – How the Coconut Came to Be, and Other Stories From Africa
Celebrate African-American History Month with stories and crafts from Africa for children and their families. (60 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

Senior Wednesday: Wichita Blues: Henry Walker Performs
Musician Henry Walker shares blues, jazz and R&B songs, both traditional and original. Walker has entertained Wichita for over a decade. Senior Wednesdays are designed for active seniors age 55 or better and offered in cooperation with nine other institutions across Wichita. See for complete details. (60 minutes)

  • 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

"When I Rise"
This documentary shares the story of a gifted black music student at the University of Texas who is thrust into a civil rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar. This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world. Not rated. (75 minutes)

  • 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Collage Art
Children aged 5-11 will create art in the style of African-American artist Romare Bearden. Collage art is fun and easy to make. Leave one of your creations for display in the Children’s Room! Registration is required and begins Wednesday, Feb. 8; call the Central Library Children’s Center at 261-8512 to register. Part of the Library’s African-American History Month Celebration. (60 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
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