Tuesday, June 18, 2019



Juneteenth is in the Air on 52nd Street and in the House at Blackwell Regional Library!

By Barbara B.  Thu, June 6, 2019
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery, on June 19, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced by Union soldiers and the last remaining slaves were freed in Galveston Texas. To honor the significance of this historical event, celebrations are held every year around the country.
This year, on June 22, West Philadelphia will be the proud host of the annual Juneteenth Parade held in the city. The parade route will start at 52nd and Jefferson Streets and move south on 52nd Street ending with a music festival at Malcolm X Park at 52nd and Pine Streets. The day’s events will run from 9:00 am to 7:00 p.m.; information and the full schedule of activities and events can be found at JuneteenthPhilly.org.

Lucien E. Blackwell/West Philadelphia Regional Library  is offering a series of Healthy Cooking Workshops, A Taste of African Heritage, which celebrates the healthy food traditions of the African Diaspora. The Healthy Cooking Workshops are on Fridays, through June 21, from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
But wait… there’s more! Blackwell Regional Library will also have an information table at Malcolm X Park on Juneteenth Day so stop by one and all, pick up some information, perhaps a giveaway or two, or just say "hi"!
And don’t forget, if you want to know what’s going on in the community or just want to be more informed about what interests you, stop by Blackwell Regional Library! You’ll find great reads; wonderful programs for children, teens, and adults; computer classes; community news; endless resources; and helpful staff!


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month

Celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month!

By Administrator Wed, June 5, 2019
This month is African-American Music Appreciation Month, a commemoration first started by former President Jimmy Carter, on June 7, 1979. The national recognition began as Black Music Month, but President Barack Obama changed the name in 2016 with a presidential proclamation.
However, the city of Philadelphia is where the birth of Black Music Month began, over 40 years ago through the vision of Kenny Gamble (Founder of Philadelphia International Records (PIR)) , Dyana Williams (radio and music industry professional), and Ed Wright .The great Philadelphia International Records (PIR) sound became well know and renowned around the world. The great Philadelphia sound became the bell for a national yearly celebration of Africana music, expression, talents, and influence by Black artists on current events and activism.
On Saturday, June 8, the Haverford Library continues the vision of Branch Manager, Marvin DeBose, serving the community by bringing stellar home-grown artists, storytellers, organizations, and musicians to the public. Philadelphia’s Alfie Pollitt, jazz pianist, composer, dance instructor, and historian will give a free musical performance from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marvin has brought various programs to his West Philadelphia community over he years, and loves showcasing activities that encourage growth and development, self-help, tutorial services, and letting patrons enjoy a great time together.
We invite all of Philadelphia to come out and enjoy this rare musical treat. Mr. Alfie Pollitt has performed with many of the greatest artists that have inspired much of the bands and ensembles being heard today.
You can also find more great African-American music through both our catalog and Digital Media Portal, featuring music from all genres past and present! #Mr.PhillyLibrarian

Alfie Pollitt and the Men of Mt. Olive Lodge #27
Mr. PhillyLibrarian and Alfie Pollitt 

Alfie Pollitt performing at the Haverford Library