Library branches hold educational events

The Columbus Metropolitan Library is hosting multiple events in the coming weeks in honor of Black History Month. Children can learn about inspirational African-Americans during programs at multiple branches.

Columbus storyteller and drummer Najla Parish will lead several events incorporating drums and music. Local magicians will share stories of African-American performers, and other programs will focus on historical figures and events. For the full schedule, go to

Here’s this week’s lineup. Programs are appropriate for all ages unless otherwise indicated:

Rory Rennick, Magic with Meaning – 4 p.m. Feb. 6 Linden branch. Lyn Ford, Let’s Throw Stories! – 11 a.m. Feb. 8 Main Library. Rory Rennick, Magic & Myths of African-American Magicians from the Past – 5 p.m. Feb. 8, Driving Park branch and 5 p.m. Feb. 9 Livingston branch. Lyn Ford, If You Can’t Fly: Folktales to Move Us Forward – 5 p.m. Feb. 8 Marion-Franklin branch and 4 p.m. Feb. 10 Shepard branch. Robert Brugler, Growing Up to Be President – 2 p.m. Feb. 9 Dublin branch. Tony Gibbs, The Promised Land – 10 a.m. Feb. 10 Whetstone branch. Ages 8 and older. The Living African Treasure Chest – 2 p.m. Feb. 11 Martin Luther King branch