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This year Imbola Mbue, Donisha Prendergast, Robyn Maynard, Joy Lapps-Lewis and Desmond Cole help us to honour the legacy of Black Canadians. The kickoff event took place on Thursday, February 1, 2018, featuring Canada's Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke.

Check out these programs and more at branches across the city.

Upcoming Events

Malaika's Winter Carnival Storytime

Tue, Feb 20 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate Caribbean culture with local author Nadia Hohn!...

Caribbean Playground - Malaika's Costume

Wed, Feb 21 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join Nadia Hohn, author of Malaika's Costume and explore Caribbean songs, rhymes, and ...

Finding 19th Century Black History in Toronto with Hilary Dawson

Wed, Feb 21 | 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

What was the early Black community in Toronto like?...

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Programs for teens feature world poetry slam champion Ian Keteku, astronomer Margaret Ikape, motivational speaker Sean Mauricette, conversations on hip hop and more.

Kids and Families

Learn about the Underground Railroad, textiles and African drumming, sing songs from the Caribbean, and dance with rubber boots. Enjoy programs for the whole family.

Reading List

Curl up with one of these recommended reads for all ages. Or check out the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection.

Support Heritage Collections

Help grow the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection by donating to the Rita Cox Endowment Fund. For more information, call the Toronto Public Library Foundation at 416-393-7123.

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