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Black History Celebration
February 3, 2022
Thursday, February 3
Black History Month is a valuable time to connect to the past and discover context for the present. Placing this emphasis on Black History provides an opportunity to go beyond stories of racism and highlight Black achievement.
Smart Art (on-going):
- Rhythmic Collaboration & Color> Alma Thomas was an African American artist known for her rhythmic abstract paintings. We will spend time learning about shapes and patterns as we work together to create a large torn paper collage inspired by her work.
Sensational Story Time in Orange Plaza (10:45 AM & 2:15 PM): This Jazz Man > The tuneful text and vibrant illustrations of this story bop, slide, and shimmy across the page as Satchmo plays one, Bojangles plays two . . . right on down the line to Charles Mingus, who plays nine, plucking strings that sound “divine.”
Music & Movement (directly following Sensational Storytime): Come and enjoy a jazz performance by Sir Henry on Sax as he delights us with jazz, Disney, and contemporary songs! You can spot Sir Henry showcasing his talents around Orange County, or you can have him inspire music in your own little one at Rancho Canyon Music.
Tales in The Library: I Am Enough by Grace Byers > This story is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another.
Grown-up Tip: Embark upon the discovery of influential African Americans based on your child’s specific interests – do they enjoy painting? Reading? Math or Science? There are remarkable individuals in Black History who have done great things in all aspects. This technique will allow for a meaningful connection to Black culture and the incredible contributions that have been made.
RSVP: Not required
Fee: Included with admission