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Camden County Library Celebrates African American History with Programs

NEWS RELEASE January 21, 2016
Contact: Mark Amorosi, Public Information Officer, (856) 772-1636 ext. 7323

Features special story time on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman, subject of special story times at Camden County Library in February (kids National Geographic photo)

VOOHEES, NJ – Jan. 21, 2016 -- The Camden County Library System will celebrate African American History Month with a special story time at five of its branch locations and other programs including film festivals.

Local story teller Don Dougherty returns to the library and offers an interactive story time about the legacy of Harriet Tubman and her role as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves reach freedom in the North.

Bellmawr, Monday, February 8, 4 p.m., Ages 4 and up

Gloucester Twp., Monday, February 8, 6:30 p.m., Ages 4 and up

Merchantville, Wednesday, February 10, 3:30 p.m., Grades Pre-K - 5

Voorhees, Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m., All ages

Haddon Twp., Saturday, February 27, 1 p.m., Ages 4 and up

Film Festivals and Other Programs in Month of  Observance

Teens and tweens can “Celebrate African American Heritage” at the Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch, Wednesday, February 3, 5:30 p.m.  The program will include listening to music, watching clips of motivational speeches while discussing African American artists and leaders who have inspired others. Attendees will also be able to browse the library’s young-adult African American collection and borrow materials with a valid library card.

The branch will also present a film festival that includes feature titles on five consecutive Thursday evenings:

“Dreamgirls.” Rated PG-13
Thursday, February 4, 1 p.m.

“Get on Up.” Rated PG-13
Thursday, February 11, 1 p.m.

“What’s Love Got to Do With It.” Rated R
Thursday, February 18, 1 p.m.

“House Party.” Rated R
Thursday, February 25, 1 p.m.

“Straight Outta Compton.” Rated R
Thursday, March 3, 1 p.m.

The Riletta L. Cream, Ferry Ave. Branch Library will host its own African American Film Festival featuring a different film for three Thursdays in a row.

“Think Like a Man.” Rated PG-13
Thursday, February 11, 3 p.m.

“Crooklyn.” Rated PG-13
Thursday, February 18, 3 p.m.
Come see Spike Lee's 1994 movie.

“Michael Jackson’s, This Is It” Rated PG-13.
Thursday, February 25, 3 p.m.

The Ferry Ave. library will start its month celebrating African American culture with a special program for grades six to 12 and adults - Hip-Hop Musicology, Thursday, February 4, 4 p.m.

The South County Branch will offer Secrets to Freedom, Songs of Freedom and the Underground Railroad, Friday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. for ages six and up.

Kathleen Lindsey will be reading from her book, “Run Faredy Run” and sharing her stories told through the quilts that were used by African Americans to find their way to freedom. At the end of the program, children will be invited to explore the secret quilt messages by making a paper quilt square.

Registration for any program is available online at or by calling the hosting branch. Phone numbers are on the library’s website at .


Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.

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