African-American Read In

Let's get together to celebrate African Canadian and African American authors with stories and crafts for everyone.

This program is aimed at preschoolers and their caregivers, but everyone is welcome.


Ages 3-7


Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before start time.


The African-American Read In is a worldwide event established in 1990 as part of African Heritage Month to promote diversity in children's literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors.


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries


Central Library - Sunday February 24th @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm Lindsay Children's Room | Floor 2 Kids | Preschoolers

Film Screening & Panel Discussion - On the Money: Black Women's Voices for Change

On the Money is a 1-hour documentary about the award-winning actor, dancer, and playwright Leslie McCurdy.

It covers McCurdy's quest to inspire new generations about the power of those who dream of a better world. Her one-woman play, Things My Fore-Sisters Saw celebrates 4 heroines in Canada's civil rights movement, including Nova Scotia's own Viola Desmond, who is now "on the money". 

Following the film, a panel will explore the role played by Leslie McCurdy and the women she portrays as activists and changemakers. Our panelists will be Vanessa Fells, Susan Brigham, and Wendie Poitras.

Come contribute your voice to help us change the world for the better


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Central Library - Monday February 25th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm Paul O Regan Hall Adults

902ManUp Presents: Kitchen Conversation

Join 902ManUp as they facilitate a community "kitchen conversation" centered around the personal stories of family, friends, and community members who were influenced by the late Burnley "Rocky" Jones. 

This open discussion is meant to magnify the point that every member of our African Nova Scotian family can bring positivity to our community.


In partnership with 902ManUp & TD Bank Group


Halifax North Memorial Public Library - Monday February 25th @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm Terry Symonds Auditorium Adults

African Heritage Month Youth Quiz: Dartmouth Preliminary Rounds

Cheer on Grades 7-9 students from local junior high schools as they compete in an annual tradition. This game show style quiz tests their knowledge of African heritage and culture. 


All ages


Snow Date: Wednesday, February 27, 9:30AM - 12:30PM 


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries 

Cole Harbour Public Library - Tuesday February 26th @ 9:30am - 12:30pm Adults | All Ages | Kids | Teens

Book Club: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Discover new authors, meet new people and share insights on Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. 


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries


Bedford Public Library - Tuesday February 26th @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm Adults

Food Demonstration & Tasting: African Cuisine

Discover the flavours of Africa with Chef Mary Nkrumah of Mary's African Cuisine.


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Alderney Gate Public Library - Tuesday February 26th @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm Adults Registration Required.

The Objective Presents: Nova Scotia's School-to-Prison Pipeline

Join us for a gritty, documentary-style investigation exposing the impacts of the school-to-prison pipeline on Black lives. 

Journalists, Tundè Balogun and Sandra Hannebohm follow the path of the pipeline from public school to employment, gentrification, and government.


Founded by Tundè Balogun, The Objective is an independent news agency covering issues important to the African Nova Scotian community


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Central Library - Tuesday February 26th @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm Adults

Movie Matinee: Race

Rated 14A | 2016 | 2h 14min

Race follows Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history. 

Owens is thrust onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. 

Starring Stephan James and Jason Sudeikis.


Tickets will be given out 60 minutes before the start time.


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Woodlawn Public Library - Wednesday February 27th @ 1:30pm - 2:30pm Adults

Movie: The Hate U Give

Rated 14A | 2018 | 2h 13min

In The Hate U Give, Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. 

Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. 

Starring Amandla Stenberg and Regina Hall.


Tickets will be given out 60 minutes before the start time.


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Woodlawn Public Library - Wednesday February 27th @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm Adults

A Celebration in Song: Nova Scotia Mass Choir

An evening of uplifting music performed by this award-winning, multicultural, community gospel choir that is marking its 27th year of singing for racial harmony and peace.


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Tantallon Public Library - Wednesday February 27th @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm Adults | All Ages | Kids | Teens

Food Demonstration & Tasting: African Cuisine

Discover the flavours of Africa with Chef Mary Nkrumah of Mary's African Cuisine.


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Keshen Goodman Public Library - Wednesday February 27th @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm Adults Registration Required. To register, call us at (902) 490-6410.

Africville with Shauntay Grant

Join award-winning children's author Shauntay Grant as she shares her picture book, Africville. The book was a finalist for a 2018 Governor General's Literary Award and a collaboration with illustrator, Eva Campbell.

Grant will talk about the making of the book and discuss the past and present of this historic community with former Africville residents.

Light refreshments will be provided.


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries


Halifax North Memorial Public Library - Wednesday February 27th @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm All Ages

Puppet Show: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

Join us for a special African Heritage Month puppet show.

Bedford Public Library - Thursday February 28th @ 10:30am - 11:00am Preschoolers

Fun with Djembe Drums featuring Dr. Henry V. Bishop

Playing the African Djembe drum gives joy to girls and boys alike.

Come experience the fun of creating rhythm with Dr. Henry V. Bishop, Djembe drum specialist (Djembefola).


TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Sackville Public Library - Thursday February 28th @ 4:30pm - 5:30pm Adults | All Ages | Kids

Celebration & Tribute to Our Community's Youth

Please join the Halifax Community Investment Fund to celebrate our young leaders and speak with organizations that support youth in our community.


In partnership with Halifax Community Investment Fund & TD Bank Group

Halifax North Memorial Public Library - Thursday February 28th @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm Terry Symonds Auditorium All Ages | Teens

Celebrating Maxine Tynes: The Power of Poetry

The Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute and the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and invite you to join us in recognizing and celebrating the work of Maxine Tynes through her poetry and performances by contemporary spoken word artists.

We will share stories of Maxine's impact on her students and colleagues and learn about her life story. 

Moderated by journalist and biographer Evelyn White, our evening of performances will feature: 

  • Dr. Afua Cooper, HRM Poet Laureate
  • Marjorie Stone
  • Lindsay Ruck
  • Guyleigh Johnson
  • Abena Beloved Green
  • Andre Fenton

Please call 902-407-3200 ext. 200 or e-mail contact@dbdl.ca to register


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute - Thursday February 28th @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm Adults

Food Demonstration & Tasting: African Cuisine

Discover the flavours of Africa with Chef Mary Nkrumah of Mary's African Cuisine.


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries


Tantallon Public Library - Thursday February 28th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm Adults Registration Required.

African Heritage Month Youth Quiz: Semi-final and Final Round

Cheer on Grades 7-9 students from local junior high schools as they compete in an annual tradition. This game show style quiz tests their knowledge of African heritage and culture. 


All ages


Snow Date: Thursday, March 14, 6:30PM - 8:30PM 


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries 


Halifax North Memorial Public Library - Thursday March 7th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm Adults | All Ages | Kids | Teens

Fun with Djembe Drums featuring Dr. Henry V. Bishop

Playing the African Djembe drum gives joy to girls and boys alike.

Come experience the fun of creating rhythm with Dr. Henry V. Bishop, Djembe drum specialist (Djembefola).


TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial Public Library - Friday March 8th @ 3:30pm - 4:30pm Adults | All Ages | Kids

Food Demonstration & Tasting: African Cuisine

Discover the flavours of Africa with Chef Mary Nkrumah of Mary's African Cuisine.


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Cole Harbour Public Library - Sunday March 10th @ 2:30pm - 4:30pm Program Room Adults Registration Required.

The Color Purple Series: Purple is Black Blooming

 A discussion about author Alice Walker and the history of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple.

Featuring CBC radio Information Morning host Portia Clark, Halifax journalist Evelyn C. White, author of Alice Walker, and local singer Keonte Beals whose stirring cover version of “I’m Still Here,” from the Broadway musical The Color Purple, helped to launch his award-winning musical career.


Celebrate all things The Color Purple, including its many connections to Halifax past and present. This Library series features exciting special guests, film, discussions, and a sneak-peek behind the scenes of Neptune Theatre's Canadian premiere of The Color Purple: The Musical.


TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries


    Central Library - Thursday March 14th @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm Paul O'Regan Hall Adults

    The Color Purple Series: From Book to Stage

    Members from Neptune Theatre's production of The Color Purple are stepping off the stage and taking part in a wide-ranging panel discussion about the play.

    Featuring:

    • Evelyn White, author of Alice Walker
    • Kimberley Rampersad, director
    • Tara Jackson, actor
    • Cherry Brook's own Jeremiah Sparks, actor
    • Juanita Peters, local award-winning filmmaker and moderator

    Celebrate all things The Color Purple, including its many connections to Halifax past and present. This Library series features exciting special guests, film, discussions, and a sneak-peek behind the scenes of Neptune Theatre's Canadian premiere of The Color Purple: The Musical.


    TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries


      Central Library - Friday March 22nd @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm Paul O'Regan Hall Adults

      Live Theatre Performance: Things My Fore-sisters Saw

      In this 1-woman play, created and performed by Leslie McCurdy, you will meet 4 women of African Descent who affected change in Canada:  

      • Marie-Joseph Angelique, a slave who gave us the first slave narrative in North America; 
      • Rose Fortune, the first "policewoman " in North America, who helped "freedom seekers" settle in Annapolis Royal;  
      • Mary Ann Shadd, the first North American woman to publish and edit a newspaper;
      • Viola Desmond, who fought segregation and is the new face of the Canadian $10 bill.

      Leslie McCurdy is an award-winning actor, playwright, dancer, choreographer, and singer from Windsor, Ontario who has performed internationally with many theatre, TV, and movie credits. She has created 4 1-woman plays, and "Things My Fore-Sisters Saw" premiered on the Bravo TV network in 2006. 

      Central Library - Wednesday March 27th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm Paul O'Regan Hall Adults

      Community Social and African Cuisine Demo & Tasting

      If you’re new to the community, or you’d like to meet some new people, please join us.

      We'll also discover the flavours of Africa with Chef Mary Nkrumah of Mary's African Cuisine. 



      TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

      Bedford Public Library - Friday March 29th @ 1:00pm - 3:00pm Adults Registration Required. To register, call us at (902) 490-5740.

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