The John Jermain Memorial Library will host virtual readings of short excerpts from literary works by African-American authors via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The Eastville Community Historical Society and Canio's Cultural Cafe have joined with the library in organizing it. Registration is by email to [email protected], and those who would like to read should include the author's name and the title of the work.
In observance of Black History Month, the Amagansett Library offers titles including "Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World" by Cole Brown, "The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation" by Anna Malaika Tubbs, "The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food" by Marcus Samuelsson with Osayi Endolyn, and "Black Futures," a collection of images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, and poetry edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham.
Looking ahead to Feb. 20 at 2 p.m., the East End libraries will co-host "The Blues and Beyond," a program on the evolution of music among people of African heritage in the United States. "From field hollers and camp meetings to old spirituals to the blues to the popular genres of today, music is the means by which African Americans have told their story," the library's calendar page says.