black history month

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February is Black History Month, and Richland Library is starting the celebration a little early.

The library will host a virtual event called Black History Month Fair 2021: The Jubilation Begins from 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 30.

The annual event, moving online this year due to the pandemic but still free and open to all, highlights African-American history, contributions and culture during three featured events.

The Magic of Houdini

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Experience a mystical and magical virtual performance with African-American magician, mentalist and escape artist Houdini. He touches on issues of negative peer pressure, anti-bullying, respect, good decision-making, believing in yourself, and most of all, the desire to achieve your dreams.

Keeping Your Kids Mentally Fit in Today's World

12 - 1 p.m.

As COVID-19 demands a new form of education, socialization and living, life for younger ones can become stressful. The library's Social Work Department and a local teacher are discussing simple techniques to teach children how to exercise and build mental muscles to stay mentally fit.

Teen Talk: The Youth Perspective

6 - 7:30 p.m.

YouTuber Briana T. Ford and Mental Health Specialist Taurus Sanders lead a candid discussion of life seen vicariously through the eyes of teens. They plan to cover how the effects of COVID-19, current racial tensions and the new norm from 2020 have impacted the mental well-being of teens as well as how they're coping with it.

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