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 Upcoming Events

Black Girls Empowerment STEM Club
February 1, 8, and 15 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Intended for girls in grades 7 - 9, advance registration required. 
Hosted on Zoom, with kit pick-up in advance at Main Branch.

In collaboration with Ajax Public Library and the Congress of Black Women of Canada Ajax/Pickering Chapter, the Black Girls Empowerment STEM Club aims to ignite a passion for STEM in a series of fun and engaging hands-on activities. Students will learn from Black female STEM students and explore how they can solve real-world issues and benefit society through engineering.

16th Annual Durham Black History Month Celebration
February 4, 2023, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - J. Clarke Richardson High School
February 5, 2023, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Livestream Online

This year's theme, FOCUS, challenges our community to look at the Black History and Black History-Makers right here at home. The people who inspire us, the resources we need to grow, and the networks that can lift us are all in our backyard. 

For more information and to register, visit durhamblackhistorymonth.com

Black History Month Movie: Journey to Justice
February 12, 2023, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Hosted online.
Appropriate for teens and adults, advance registration required. 

The documentary "Journey to Justice" (2000, 47 minutes, directed by Roger McTair) pays tribute to a group of Canadians who took racism to court. They are Canada's unsung heroes in the fight for Black civil rights. Presented in partnership with the Congress of Black Women of Canada, Ajax/Pickering Chapter.

Black Excellence in STEM Careers: Diversity in Engineering
February 13, 2023, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Hosted on Zoom

Join us as we showcase Black Excellence in Engineering with a feature presentation by Electrical Engineer and Energy specialist, Gary Thompson, PEng. As an Engineering practitioner and advocate for Diversity in Engineering, Gary Thompson shares his experiences and opportunities for success in this STEM field. 

BlackLit Durham: Respect Our Canadian BlackLit Elders
February 26, 2023, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts, and Culture, advance registration required. 

BlackLit Durham showcases and celebrates Black Canadian literary voices of all genres - join us for a night of amazing performances. Light refreshments available. For more information, visit blacklitdurham.com.

 Watch Anytime

Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) Videos 
A video series created by the Teen Advisory Council (TAC) celebrating Black History. Profiles of prominent Black Canadians (as selected by Cultural Expressions Inc.) have been created by our TAC members as part of our Black History Month celebrations. A new series is coming for 2023!

You can also see 2021's video series on our YouTube page at youtube.com/AjaxLibrary.

 Read & Learn

Explore books on Black History across different reading levels: