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February is filled with so many amazing events, holidays, and more! This month, we have so much to celebrate at the Temple Public Library!

Explore February is Black History Month. Celebrate Black History Month with these wonderful books and movies.

Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults: A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson

“Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned. Just Mercy tells the story of the (EJI),  and the organization’s history from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice” (

We have the movie on DVD available for check out as well!

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The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates

A scholarly and intimate look at the Black Church’s prodigious history and potential future. In a companion book to a PBS documentary, renowned historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. (host of PBS show Finding Your Roots) delves into the history of the Black Church, which Harvard historian Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham called “the single most important institution in the Black community. ” (Kirkus Reviews, 2021)


What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton

“Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident voice—and she knew how to use it! Learn all about her amazing career in this illuminating and inspiring picture book biography of the lawyer, educator, politician, and civil rights leader.”(Amazon, 2022)   Ages: 4 - 8


The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

“The Undefeated remembers unforgettable, unafraid and unbowed, famous and overlooked figures from black history: from Jesse Owens, whose Olympic victories helped shatter the myth of white supremacy in the 1930s and first billionaire in NBA history Michael Jordan, to Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carole Denise McNair, killed in a racially motivated bombing in 1963 - and to the hundreds of thousands of black soldiers that fought in the American Civil War.”(, 2020)   Ages: 6 -9

Not only is February Black History Month, it's also Chinese New Year and the Winter Olympics.

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Rock Painting We love to create at TPL!

This month, the adult take home craft is rock painting! You can pick up a kit on the second floor. All materials are included.

This isn't the only cool craft we offer. At Temple Public Library, we offer crafts for all ages.

Check out all of our amazing programs we have this month on our calendar.

20220204 Art Gallery Night Art Gallery Night
February 4 | 4PM – 7PM | 1st Floor
Love is all around! Join us on February 4 from 4PM-6PM as we showcase captivating masterpieces submitted by the youth of our community. Appreciate the artistry while listening to music and partaking in delicious hor d’oeuvres. If you’re feeling up to it, dress with fancy flair! Adults, join us from 5PM - 7PM for a negative-space painting activity before you head out to the other First Friday activities downtown.

For more events, be sure to visit our events page HERE or download a copy of our current calendar HERE.

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