Black History Month Bingo

January 15–February 28, 2021

For Black History Month, play a game of bingo that facilitates discussions on race, features acts of kindness, and offers opportunities to learn about Black visionaries, leaders, and artists! When you complete five in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), you’ll earn a prize! Ages 5–12.  Download the game board.


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  • Read a book from our Civil Rights Movement, or Talking About Race, or Celebrate Black Voices children's staff picks lists.
  • Donate to the Backpack Buddies program. Community Kitchen provides backpacks of weekend food to selected participants at 21 local schools. Over 420 children receive a backpack of food each week to help with their weekend food needs. Food and financial donations can be dropped off at Community Kitchen’s main location (1515 S. Rogers Street), Monday–Friday from 7 AM–6 PM, and Saturday from 11 AM–6 PM. Suggested donation items include peanut butter, meal helpers, fruit cups, instant oatmeal, cereal, dried fruits or raisins, mac & cheese, granola bars, fruit bars, cereal bars, canned or pouched chicken or tuna, easy to open canned vegetables, and more.
  • Spend 10 minutes picking up litter at the park or around your neighborhood with a grownup.
  • Thank someone for something they did for you.
  • It’s good to show kindness to others, but it’s also important to show kindness to yourself. Talk with your grownup about ways you can show kindness to yourself.


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  • Activate your activist! Use World Book for Kids to learn about one of the following movements: Civil Rights Movement, Black Lives Matter
  • Watch Martin’s Big Words by Dorreen Rappaport on Hoopla with your library card.
  • Help a grownup with a chore without being asked to.
  • Whether you love or hate a book, a book review is a perfect way to share your opinion on what you read. Read a book featuring a diverse group of characters or a book about Black history, then write a kids’ book review on our website. Need a recommendation? Get a personalized one from a librarian.
  • Watch a thematic film on Kanopy for Kids with your library card. Click the "Browse" menu then select "History, Sciences, & Languages" under the "Learning about History" subheading, then choose one of the picture book biographies featuring an influential African American! Your family might also choose a documentary to watch together by browsing the "Ethnicity and Identity" section of Kanopy.


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  • Activate your activist! Use World Book for Kids or the linked article to learn about one of the following people (or another person a grownup suggests): Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Claudette Colvin, Nikki Giovanni, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Mae C. Jemison, Kadir Nelson, Leymah Gbowee, Desmond TuTu, Stacey Abrams, or read about one of these other anti-racist role models 
  • Pick up an MLK Day Take and Make Kit at the Library during curbside pickup hours. Our Take and Make Kits come with instructions and all the essential components you'll need to complete a fun crafting project!
  • Watch this CNN and Sesame Street Town Hall on race and racism. Invite your younger sibling(s) and/or your grownup to watch with you and talk about the town hall.
  • Write about or draw how the world would change if everyone were kind to each other.
  • Write and mail a letter to a relative or friend.


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  • Talk to your family about the word “racism.” What does it mean to you? Can you think of examples? Can you think of ways to bring about positive change?
  • Ask an assisted living home if any of their residents would like a penpal, then write letters and create a new friendship!
  • Words and phrases such as “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry” are a big part of kindness and politeness, but there’s another important piece that can get overlooked––empathy (understanding and caring about how someone else is feeling). Watch this Sesame Street video about empathy to learn more. Invite your younger sibling(s) and/or your grownup to watch with you and talk about the video.
  • Do something nice for someone else without telling anyone about it.
  • Donate clothes or toys you’ve outgrown to a mutual aid group.


Getting Bingo

Did you finish a bingo? Please schedule an appointment to pick up your prize between January 18 and March 5.