We have a wonderful collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks for customers to borrow and have been expanding our collections over the past 6 months. We invite you to borrow one of the amazing titles from Borrowbox or RBDigital curated for Black History Month and suitable for all ages.
On Borrowbox we also have two titles with unlimited , simultaneous loans throughout October:
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Look out for staff book recommendations and reviews during Black History Month on Social Media. What do you recommend reading? Send in your recommendations and reviews. We’d love to hear from you and to share your thoughts. Library staff in Brighton & Hove have put together a blog for Black History Month.
Jubilee Library window photographic exhibition 'How do you see colour?'
3 October to 20 October
PhotoVoice and the Socially Engaged Art Salon (SEAS) present ‘How do you see colour?’, the works of five UK based artists whose socially engaged photographic practice explores the experiences of some of the Black and people of colour communities in Brighton and London. Working together as co-curators in collaboration with SEAS and PhotoVoice, the artists have come together to craft an event that explores themes on colourism, self-growth, racism and isolation. A sample of the work can be viewed in Jubilee library windows. Follow SEAS on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to access the digital exhibition.
Story time Monday 19 October 10.15am
Join us for a special Black History Month story time when we will be sharing books from the fantastic Anti-Racist Children’s Booklist compiled by Writing Our Legacy.
Top picks for families
Every Tuesday and Thursday 10.15am
Join us every Tuesday and Thursday when we will be sharing the things the library loves for little ones. This month’s collections are specially curated to celebrate diversity and Black History.
Top picks for adults
Every Tuesday and Thursday 7pm
Launched during Black History Month we share our favourite literary gems. This month’s collection has been specially curated to celebrate Black History Month. Enjoy!
Story time Saturday 17 October 3pm
Join renowned storyteller Grace Quansah, aka Akuba, for a one-off Story Club event inspired by Floella Benjamin's book, ‘Coming To England: a Child’s Perspective'. Be transported across the waves on the Empire Windrush from the sunny Caribbean to a new life in Britain, and let Akuba be your guide! We hope you can join us on our journey—watch along on the libraries Facebook page.
Creative writing workshop
Brighton & Hove Libraries and Writing Our Legacy presents: Black History Month Creative Writing Workshop with Olumide Popoola & Readings
Wed 21 October Workshop 7pm to 7.45pm, Reading 8pm to 8.30pm
Join a free Black History Month literature taster where you can try out creative writing with author Olumide Po-poola (When we Speak of Nothing, Cassava Republic Press).
The workshop is open to people of all backgrounds, aged 16 and older. It is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced writers. Come and get inspired to write!
Tickets to the workshop and reading are free, but you must register on Eventbrite for security reasons as the events are online using Zoom. You can attend either the workshop or reading only, or both. To book your free ticket you will need a library card:
In 2019 Scottish Makar Jackie Kay named Olumid Popoola as one of Britain’s best Black and Brown writers. Olumide will be joined by Sussex writers from Writing Our Legacy’s 2019 Hidden Sussex anthology. They will read extracts from their work and audience can ask questions to the writers.