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Celebrating Black History Month 2023

Updated: Feb 6

<iframe src="//" height="315" width="1000" frameBorder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>The Library is working with the Town of East Gwillimbury’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) on a series of events to celebrate Black History Month in East Gwillimbury.

Black History Month Resource Kit

Enjoy this Black History Month resource kit that includes book lists with books available in our Library for kids, teens, and adults. The kit also includes online resources about Black history in Canada, as well as a Kente Cloth craft. You can access the resource kit here and also pick it up in person at either of our branches by February 10th to receive the craft.

Pan-African Flag Raising Ceremony

Thursday, February 2 at 11:30 a.m.

This year for Black History Month the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) and EG’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee are hosting a flag raising ceremony on Thursday, February 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community flagpole located outside of the Civic Centre. The ceremony will be livestreamed on the Town’s Facebook Channel.

Black Excellence in STEM Careers: Diversity in Engineering

Monday, February 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ages: All

Cost: Free

Join us as we showcase Black Excellence in Engineering with a feature presentation by Electrical Engineer and Energy specialist Gary Thompson, PEng. Session is hosted live on Zoom. As an Engineering practitioner and advocate for Diversity in Engineering, Gary shares his experiences for success in this STEM field.

Email for registration

Virtual Author Visit: Shauntay Grant

Thursday, February 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Students in grades 3 to 8 are invited to join the East Gwillimbury Public Library for a virtual reading for school children, by celebrated author, Shauntay Grant, featuring her book, ‘Africville’, illustrated by Eva Campbell. Africville, was the winner and finalist for several children’s books awards. Shauntay is an author, poet, playwright, and multimedia artist. Her love of literature stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia’s historic Black communities.

For more information and to register, email

Reading Lists

Our staff spent quite a bit of time putting together a list of titles covering Black History in the 20th Century and a Celebration of Black Authors.

Check them out below, or directly on our catalogue at

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