Celebrate Black History Month at the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library


Innisfil, ON - The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is celebrating Black History Month with a series of partner events that celebrate diversity and Black Culture.

On Family Day Weekend, join Parents Against Racism Simcoe County (PARSC) for an educational talk on the vibrant local Black History of Simcoe County. This meaningful learning opportunity is free to attend, registration is required. Learn more about the underground railroad stops, and the meaning behind names like “Tecumseth” and “Washago” at this interactive workshop.
Lakeshore Branch: Saturday, February 17, 1:00-2:30pm

Join us for a virtual conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott about his recent novel Hell of a Book. This magnificent work of fiction is deeply honest, at times electrically funny, and is a book that goes to the heart of racism, police violence, and the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans and America as a whole. Unforgettably told, with an electrifying plot and characters who burn into your mind, Hell of a Book is the novel Mott has been writing in his head for the last ten years. And in its final twists, it truly becomes its title. Register Today.
Virtual: Tuesday, February 20, 4:00-5:00pm

The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is excited to host Radiant Roots, Making Change’s first Black Cultural Expo. The event will feature a variety of vendors, from crafts and jewelry, clothing, spices and a flavourful selection of cuisine. The event includes music throughout the day by DJ Maxx, special performance at 1pm by Musician Aliza Blair, and a Fashion Show beginning at 12pm. Save the date for this inaugural event.
Lakeshore Branch: Saturday, March 2, 10:00-3:00pm

“We are a proud partner of Making Change and Parents Against Racism Simcoe County and are happy to provide space for them to deliver and showcase the important work they are doing in the community” said Erin Scuccimarri, Innisfil ideaLAB & Library CEO. “We believe the Library plays an important role as a community hub to showcase and uplift the voices of Black, Indigenous and Persons of Colour. We hope that everyone will join us for these great family friendly, free events during Black History Month.“

Additionally, you can find booklists and reading guides that celebrate Black History & Culture, listings of community partners and events, and other resources available all year long. Visit our Black History 365 webpage.

Since 1995, Canadians have celebrated Black History Month thanks to the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament. Despite having a presence that dated long before Confederation, Black Canadians are often left out of history books, and their culture, stories and endless achievements remain unrecognized.

February 1, 2024