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Events

If a program or event you were planning to attend does not appear below, it has been cancelled or postponed.  Please continue to monitor our calendar and website for the most up to date information.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Dec
4
Sat
CSI: The Historical Edition @ Bear Library
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dec
8
Wed
Winter Book Club: “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
Dec 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (2016) is the memoir of South African comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah. Noah was born during apartheid to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, a relationship which was punishable by five years in prison.  From a childhood being hidden from the government by his mother who could take him away, to a mischievous and adventurous post-apartheid young adulthood, Noah’s exceptional writing tells the story of the struggle to live in a world where he should have never existed.

Registration is required and will open soon.  Five free copies of the book will be able on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please note if you claim a free book and do not attend the discussion session, you will not be allowed to claim a free book in the future.  Books will only be mailed to Delaware addresses.

 

Dec
16
Thu
History Book Festival: Born in Blackness by Howard W. French
Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Born in Blackness | Howard W. French

In a book that weaves historical detail with personal reportage, Howard W. French retells the story of medieval and emerging Africa, demonstrating how the economic ascendancy of Europe, the anchoring of democracy in America, and the fulfillment of so-called Enlightenment ideals all grew out of Europe’s dehumanizing engagement with the “darkest” continent. Born in Blackness retrieves the lives of major African historical figures whose legacies have been downplayed or erased, telling the story of gold, tobacco, sugar, and cotton — and the greatest “commodity” of all, the millions brought in chains to the New World, whose reclaimed histories help explain our present world.

Jan
12
Wed
Winter Book Club: “I Am Forbidden” by Anouk Markovits
Jan 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The postman on his bicycle, she envied him, envied his wheels kissing the cobbles, that he knew one language only, one country only, envied his undivided past, undivided from his future.

I Am Forbidden (2012) by Anouk Markovits is a novel following four generations of the Hasidic Stern family from the 1940s to modern day on their journey from Romania to eventually the United States.  The story primarily focuses their daughter Atara and their adopted daughter Mila.  While Mila grows daily stronger in her faith, Atara begins to question her religion as she discovers and learns more of the world around her.  Despite one daughter attempting to live true to her fundamentalist faith and the other grappling with growing doubts, the decisions both sisters make place them in peril of banishment from their community and family.

Registration is required and will open soon. Five free copies of the book will be able on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note if you claim a free book and do not attend the discussion session, you will not be allowed to claim a free book in the future. Books will only be mailed to Delaware addresses.

African Americans and the Civil War @ Online
Jan 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Jan
27
Thu
Delaware Trash and Recycling Film and Discussion
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Do you worry that you are throwing away items that could be recycled or recycling things that should be garbage?  Do you wonder what our trash says about us?

We will screen a brief film of a visit to the Cherry Island Landfill and Delaware Recycling Center with Delaware Solid Waste Authority Education Coordinator Stacey Helmer and Environmental Humanities Program Facilitator Lisa Dill. After the film we will discuss the relationship between humans, the environment, and our garbage.  The discussion will be led by Lisa Dill.  Stacey Helmer will also be at the the event to answer your recycling and trash/landfill questions.

If you have time before the program, please watch the DSWA films on how landfills work and an inside look at the recycling facility.  We also suggest reading this.

This is a virtual event. Registration required.

Feb
10
Thu
African Americans and the Civil War @ Online
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
16
Wed
Winter Book Club: “Educated” by Tara Westover
Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.

Educated (2018) is the memoir of Tara Westover, who was born in Utah to survivalists and Mormon fundamentalists.  While she was never allowed to attend school, Tara taught herself enough to to be admitted to Brigham Young University.  Being isolated her entire life from mainstream society, her time in college taught her about important world events and created the desire in her to learn more, while she also struggled with the growing divide between her and her family.

Registration is required and will open soon.  Five free copies of the book will be able on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please note if you claim a free book and do not attend the discussion session, you will not be allowed to claim a free book in the future.  Books will only be mailed to Delaware addresses.

 

Feb
17
Thu
Living Legend Series: An Evening with Ernest Green @ Wilmington Public Library
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Living Legend Series with Ernest Green

Ernest Green is one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Green was the first African-American to graduate from the school in 1958.

Join us at the Wilmington Public Library for a captivating conversation. Listen in as he shares stories of his past and present.

We will stream live on Facebook and record the event. Event is FREE, but registration is required.

Greens’ Interview will be with CNN Commentator Bakari Sellers.

This event is co-sponsored by Delaware Humanities

**Mask required and adherence to all CDC guidelines.

Feb
21
Mon
10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Peace March and Celebration
Feb 21 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

 

How are you #LivingtheLegacy?

10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Clean Up, Peace March, and Celebration

Join West Side Grows Together, the Teen Warehouse, Be Ready CDC, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Nature Society, Guerrilla Republik, 302 Guns Down, Network Connect, Wilmington Peacekeepers, Delaware Humanities, and the City of Wilmington for not only a day of service but a demonstration of peace, community strength, and call to action.

March and celebrate with us on February 21st where you will also have the opportunity to take advantage of community resources, live music, free food, opportunities for further advocacy, family friendly activities and a small business marketplace.