Library will host events, new exhibits for Black History Month

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Library wants to provide a look into black history next month.

The library has ongoing exhibits set up and several special events planned to celebrate Black History Month in February.

Beginning Monday until the end of February, the public is invited to view a Black History Time Line featuring images, sounds and texts in the meeting room at the library.

"We are excited about what we've put together for the time line, it covers 1619 through the present," said Stevin Herald at the library's information desk.

The library also is decorated with paintings, sculptures and other art pieces from local black artists Marianne Garrett, Garfield Johnson, Marjae Kimble and Margaret Warfield.

Interactive screens and videos also are displayed throughout the library.

Herald said he hopes it not only interests people who care about black history but that it also provides an educational experience for people of all ages.

Several events also are lined up this month:

* From 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9, the library will feature a Local Author Meet-and-Greet in the meeting room. There, inspirational author Jamila Harris and her daughter Haniyah Harris, urban author Maseyree and poet Phyllis Strong will meet with visitors to discuss their inspiration, writing and works.

* From 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23, guests are invited to an Open House discussion in the meeting room, where local residents who were educators, public service workers and those who participated in demonstrations and protests during the Civil Rights era will hold a panel discussion.

At both events, the Friends of the Newton County Library will provide refreshments.

"This is the first time we've given this big of a push (to Black History Month), so we hope the community comes out and sees what we've done," Herald said.

The Newton County Library is located at 7116 Floyd St. Its hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays; the library is closed on Sundays.

More information about the library's programs is available by calling the library at 770-787-3231 or visiting www.newton.public.lib.ga.us.