Black History Month 2024

February 01, 2024 | 2 min read

Black History Month is celebrated annually in February. Check out the events and activities below to get involved at the library and across East Gwillimbury! 

on a black, red, green, and yellow background, the words Black History Month are shown

Black History Month Flag Raising

Thursday, February 1st, 9am

Join us at the Civic Centre for a flag raising ceremony.

The Friends of the East Gwillimbury Public Library present author Sheila White

Wednesday, February 9th, 7pm

a photo of Sheila White smiling

Sheila White introduces her biographical novel The Letters: Postmark Prejudice in Black and White

Through her mother’s detailed diaries and letters, Sheila has written the story of her parents’ controversial inter-racial marriage in the late 1940s. Family and friends were desperate to dissuade a young white girl from Nova Scotia from marrying outside of her race. Some of the letters and diaries will be displayed at the event.

Refreshments and book signing included. Tickets are sold through Eventbrite and are non-refundable.

Yolanda Marshall Author Visit

Thursday, February 8th, 10:30am

a smiling person

We are hosting an in-person author event with Yolanda Marshall, award-winning Guyanese-born Canadian author of diverse, inclusive, festive children's literature such as Hot Cross Buns for Everyone, My Soca Birthday Party, and more, at our Holland Landing branch for classrooms to attend.

If you are a teacher interested in attending our author visit with your classroom, please email to register.

York Cinemania - When Morning Comes

Wednesday, February 28th, 7pm

Join us at SilverCity Newmarket for a viewing of When Morning Comes, which is about a young boy who struggles with his widowed mother's decision to relocate the family from Jamaica to Canada. 

Black Canadian Authors Booklist

Discover books in our catalogue written by Black Canadian authors.

Bookmarks & Book Recommendations

Are you looking for books to read for Black History Month but not sure where to start? Pick up a bookmark in branch at the front desk with a book recommendation on the back.

Black History Month bookmarks

Scan the QR code on the back of your bookmark to check out even more recommendations, or find the full lists of recommendations in the two booklists below. 


Drop by either of our branches and browse our displays filled with even more good reads!

two displays in the library with books for Black History Month

For further events, check out the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) website for a calendar of their events through the month.