Black History is Living History

The Desmond-Fish Public Library is proud to celebrate Black history, during Black History Month and every month; its achievements, vitality, endurance, and vision enrich us all. As librarians, Americans, and human beings, we at the Desmond-Fish Public Library are indebted to Black culture and Black history, and affirm that Black lives matter, that Black history is American history, and that Black joy is vital.

Featured Event

Black Innovations in STEAM



This year, we’re honoring Black contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Stop by the Innovation & Learning Center from February 12-29th to pick up a Take & Make kit, with which you can build your own working matchbox microphone and learn about Dr. James E. West, the inventor of the electret microphone. Girls in our Girls Who Code club will spend the month learning about black women in STEAM, with activities on NASA scientist Katherine Johnson and mathematician Gladys West, whose work helped develop GPS technology.

Great Reads For Black History Month & Throughout the Year

Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice: A List for Parents & Caregivers

17 Books by Black Authors That Everyone Should Read

20 African American Books You Must Read During Black History Month 2022

Selected Black Authors from the Mid-Hudson Library System

NYPL Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List

Boston Public Library Race, Social Justice, and Civil Rights Guide

Poughkeepsie Library Antiracist Starter Kit

Top Ten Books for Black Radicalism & Liberation