Black History Month, Movie-Making Class, Relationship Smarts

By  | February 4, 2017 | Filed under: News

FLORENCE-Join us in February for Black History Month events and our Let’s Make a Movie class!  Plus, middle and high school students are invited to our Relationship Smarts program every Tuesday evening.

The Power of Poetry, Motion, Blues, and Jazz
Sunday, February 5, 3:00 pm

Celebrate Black History Month with a concert featuring spoken word, music, and dance! Performers include the following:
Spoken Word: Deanetta Goodloe, Lonzo Jones, Stephen Gill, and Naketa Yerby
Music: Mary Mason & Band and Dr. Eric Kirkman
Dance/Motion: Timira Jones

The Screening Room: The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 pm

Join the library and Pillar of Fire for this free film screening. Nat Turner is an enslaved Baptist preacher who lives on a Virginia plantation owned by Samuel Turner. With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nate should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising. As Nate witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow-man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner’s quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County.The Screening Room: Selma
Sunday, February 19, 2:00 pm

This film is the story of a movement. It chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. This film tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

Gospel and Grace
Sunday, February 19, 3:00 pm

Celebrate and learn about the gospel tradition with a joyful concert at FLPL! Performers include Detrius Malone, Carrine Thompson, Gailee Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. C.B. Scott, and Kerri Washington. 
Let’s Make a Movie
Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 7-March 2
Registration is $25
Join us at the Collaboratory as we team up with Keith Sims of Wellspring Advertising to take your movie-making skills to the next level. In this 8-part class, Keith Sims will teach you the proper techniques to shoot, edit, and produce good quality video productions. At the conclusion of this class, you will have produced your very own 5 minute film or short to share with friends and family and to demonstrate the skills you’ve learned from this course.

This class is open to individuals 16 years of age and older.


This 8-part class will require participants to bring their own HD camcorder (DSLR camera preferred), a 1 TB external hard drive, and a video tripod.


Registration is $25 to attend.


If you would like to register or have any other questions about this class, you can message us on the Collaboratory Facebook page, email the Digital Lab Manager of Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, James, at, or call at 256-764-6564, ext. 37.


We look forward to seeing you at the Collaboratory!

Relationship Smarts
For 5th-12th grade students
Tuesday evenings, 5:00-7:00 pm, now through April 24

Each Tuesday evening from 5-7 pm, our Teen Program is hosting a special set of events. We are partnering with UNA to offer an 18-week Relationship Smarts series that will help your kids with topics such as attraction, communication, healthy relationships, parental relationships, dating abuse, and ending relationships. The students will be separated into groups of 5th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade, so each group will participate in the Relationship Smarts class for one hour and will also get to attend a fun Teen Program activity. Plus, we’ll provide dinner for all students attending Relationship Smarts (Thanks to Edgemont Methodist Church for providing meals!).For more information, call 256-764-6564, ext. 24.

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