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Posted on: February 9, 2024

Teens Invited to Test Their Black History Month Knowledge at SML

Teens Invited to Test Their Black History Month Knowledge at SML

Shreve Memorial Library is celebrating Black History Month and recognizing the many contributions of African Americans to the arts. Now through February 29, library patrons can participate in a variety of Black History Month programs designed to educate and entertain. Teens are invited to visit Shreve Memorial Library branches to test and expand their knowledge of Black History through interactive programs, trivia games and movie nights. Programs will take place at Shreve Memorial Library branches throughout Caddo Parish, and all programs are free and open to the public.

Teens, ages 12 to 18, will be able to learn more about Black History Month, the accomplishments of African Americans, and issues affecting the African American community through a number of interactive programs and activities. Teens will be able to learn about Alma Thomas and the impact she had on art history during an interactive painting workshop at the North Shreveport Branch, located at 4844 North Market Street. Teens will also be able to learn about health issues that affect many in the African American community as well as how to maintain a healthy lifestyle at the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch, located at 2105 Hollywood Avenue. In Vivian, teens will have an opportunity to learn how to play the African game Mancala, and about the game’s importance in Black History, at the North Caddo Branch, located at 615 North Pine Street. All programs will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13.

Teens will also be able to compete with their peers during Black History Month trivia programs. Each program challenges teens to answer a variety of trivia questions related to Black History Month as they compete in teams or as individuals. The interactive programs will test participants’ knowledge of African American history, while also educating them on little known Black History Month facts and the numerous accomplishments of African Americans throughout history. Teen Black History Month trivia programs are scheduled as follows:

Teen Time: Black History Month Trivia

Broadmoor Branch (1212 Captain Shreve Drive)

Tuesday, February 13, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Teen Tuesday: Black History Month Trivia

Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch (8303 Line Avenue)

Tuesday, February 20, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Teen Time: Second Annual Black History Quiz Bowl

Hamilton/South Caddo Branch (2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop)

Wednesday, February 21, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

In addition, several Shreve Memorial Library branches will hold drop-in trivia programs, in which patrons can visit the branches anytime during normal operating hours to learn more about Black History Month through self-paced trivia activities. Library patrons of all ages can participate in drop-in Black History Month trivia activities at the Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch, at the Mooretown Branch, located at 4360 Hollywood Avenue, and at the Gilliam Branch, located at 12797 Main Street in Gilliam.

Teens and adults will also be able to expand their knowledge of African American history through movie screenings depicting the life stories of famous African Americans and issues currently affecting African American communities. Movie screenings will take place at several Shreve Memorial Library branches and will include showings of the films Harriet, The Gabby Douglas Story, and The Hate U Give. Movie showings are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, February 15

·         11:00 a.m. – Harriet at the Wallette Branch, 363 Hearne Avenue

·         2:00 p.m. – The Gabby Douglas Story at the North Shreveport Branch, 4844 North Market Street

Wednesday, February 21

·         5:00 p.m. – The Hate U Give at the Atkins Branch, 3704 Greenwood Road

Wednesday, February 28

·         5:00 p.m. – The Hate U Give at the West Shreveport Branch, 4380 Pines Road

All programs are free and open to the public. Program dates and times are subject to change. 

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