More Than a Month is the library's yearlong health, wellness, and black aesthetics-focused exploration of the African diaspora, revealing black history beyond its February traditions, and placed within American history at large. For more information, contact Health & Wellness Librarian Susan McClelland at smcclelland@oppl.org.

"More Than a Month" Film Screening, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2–4 pm 

This film screening explores African diaspora and its imprint on the contemporary black experience across cultures and continents. (2012, 60 minutes)

Langston Hughes and Thyra Edwards: Internationalism and the Spanish Civil War, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2-4 pm

Cranston Ramirez-Knight, scholar and poet of Afro-Latin descent, explores internationalism in the African-American community during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), through the lens of two war correspondents, Langston Hughes and Thyra K. Edwards.

Book Discussion: Black Man in a White CoatSaturday, March 19, 2–3 pm

Discuss Dr. Damon Tweedy’s passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans.

The Art of Architecture: Africa’s 21st Century Black Diaspora Architects, Sunday, March 20, 2–4 pm

Carolyn Armenta Davis explores the different cultures, economics, politics, and geography informing the designs of African-American, Afro-Latino, Afri-European, and African architects, and the lives of the 1.3 billion black people across the trans-Atlantic African Diaspora.

Natural Hair Meet-Up, Saturday, April 2, 2–4 pm

A look at the history of natural hair care and the growing global Natural Hair Movement with a snapshot of contemporary natural hair maintenance and international style trends. Register now.

"Something the Lord Made" Film Screening, Sunday, April 3, 2–4:30 pm

See and discuss this film about black cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas (played by Mos Def), who defied racial restrictions starting in the 1930s to become a foremost infant heart specialist. (2004, 117 minutes)

National Minority Health Month, Friday, April 15, 11 am–1 pm

Come to this info session and learn more about community initiatives in your neighborhood, including REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health).

Zumba With BFit Fitness, Saturdays, April 23 & 30, 11 am–noon

Get moving with this heart-healthy and fun workout led by instructors from BFit Fitness Center in Oak Park. Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to create a fitness party atmosphere using African beats. Register now.

Book Discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Saturday, May 21, 2–3 pm

Discuss Rebecca Skloot's book about an ordinary woman's extraordinary legacy and how medical science can sometimes exploit society’s most vulnerable people.