The Queens Library had to get an early start on its celebration of Black History Month, kicking off on Jan. 25 in order to get all of its cultural and educational programs in.
The 29th annual Langston Hughes Celebration, at the library named in his honor on Northern Boulevard in Corona, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.
The musical-themed afternoon will feature a tribute exploring 500 years of African-American history, and will conclude with a performance by the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band that starts at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited.
Other programs and presentations will include classic movies, theater, art, folklore and more music.
The Central Library in Jamaica will host Grace Drums on Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. The show includes traditional West African percussion put to songs from Africa and the Caribbean.
On the more serious side, the Rosedale Library will host the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre’s presentation of “Steve Who? Biko” at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3. The show explores the life of the 30-year-old anti-apartheid activist in South Africa who was beaten to death in police custody in 1977.
Artist Robin Miller will present a slideshow of her works depicting the Harlem Renaissance at 4 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the South Hollis Library, and on Feb. 5 Miller will be at the Rochdale Village branch at 4 p.m. to discuss the impact of jazz on the works of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollack.
The Central Library will show the 1961 movie “A Raisin in the Sun,” starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee and Louis Gossett Jr. at 6 p.m. on Feb. 5, followed the next day by “The Defiant Ones” starring Poitier and Tony Curtis.
The East Elmhurst branch will host a program on drumming and traditional storytelling presented by the Apollo Theatre Foundation at 4 p.m. on Feb. 5.
Other offerings include:
• “A Humble Village,” an art workshop at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Pomonok Library;
• African-American songs and stories at the Central Library’s Children’s Library at 1:30 p.m., followed at 3 p.m. on Feb. 8 by the film “Before They Die” on the 1921 Tulsa race riots;
• Myths and fables celebrating African oral tradition presented by Christine Campbell at 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Laurelton Library;
• “The Color Purple” will show at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Central Library, followed at noon on Feb. 13 by “Imitation of Life”;
• “Traveling the Underground Railroad: Family Quilting Workshop” at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Hillcrest Library on Union Turnpike in Flushing;
• Blues guitarist Eddie Lee Isaacs at the Briarwood Library at 3 p.m. on Feb. 19, followed that evening by the movie “Remember the Titans” with Denzel Washington at 6 p.m. at the Central Library;
• “To Kill a Mockingbird” with Gregory Peck at noon on Feb. 21 at the Central Branch;
• African-American songs and stories with April Armstrong at 3:30 on Feb. 21 at the Richmond Hill Library on Hillside Avenue;
• “Resistance,” a play based on the 1851 riot in Pennsylvania involving abolitionists and Maryland slave catchers, at 5:30 p.m. on Feb.. 22 at the Flushing Library on Main Street;
• A film and discussion of Langston Hughes and Harlem at 2 p.m. and 3 :30 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Langston Hughes branch on Northern Boulevard in Corona;
• The Oscar-nominated “12 Years a Slave” at the Central Library at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26;
• The 1963 Poitier movie “Lillies of the Field” at the Central Library at noon on Feb. 27.