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Two Great Juneteenth Celebrations and One Amazing Anancy Festival!

A happy mother and daughter hugging.June ushers in Caribbean Heritage Month and the holiday Juneteenth, held each year on June 19. Caribbean Heritage Month, which honors the culture and heritage of the Caribbean islands, is showcased at the Anancy Festival, an annual event with food, fun, music and a costumed parade. Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19, is a holiday that marks the official end of slavery when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the Civil War was over and all who were enslaved were now free.

From sweet potato pie to kite flying, all ages can enjoy free fun at two Broward County Library Division events.

Juneteenth @ Your Library!

June 15 – Northwest Library’s Juneteenth Celebration: “Dig These Blues and Sweet Potato Pie” Festival! Annual Juneteenth event featuring food, fun and storytelling, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festival will be held at Apollo Park, located at 1580 N.W. 3 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060, which is adjacent to the Northwest Library. Event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival, which is sponsored by the Friends of Northwest Library, please call 954-357-6955. The Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival will feature the following entertainment:

Driving Force, Rhythm & Blues Funk Band
Derrick the DJ
Sister Josephine Watkins, Comedienne
Gary D. Wright, Entertainer/Radio Personality
Windell Campbell, Storyteller
Games and Prizes
Step Dancing
Face Painting
Three-on-Three Basketball
Sweet Potato Pie Bake-off

June 19 – Juneteenth 2013 Freedom Flight: Eat, Compete and Fly Competition! Kite-making and watermelon eating contests, all ages, 12 noon to 7:30 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 3331, 954-357-6282.

Caribbean Heritage Month – Anancy Festival

Anancy FestivalIt’s time to celebrate Caribbean cultural heritage at the annual Anancy Festival, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. on June 15 at South Regional/Broward College Library, located at 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024. It will be a full day of fun for all ages with the screening of short animated films featuring Caribbean characters, musical performances, a costume parade, an arts and crafts room and live simulcasts from other Anancy Festivals in the U.S. (New York, Orlando, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta) and beyond (Jamaica, Kenya, and Ghana).

Anancy (or Anansi) is the West African trickster hero of numerous folk tales that are popular across the Caribbean and throughout the African Diaspora. For more information on the Anancy Festival, please visit or call South Regional/Broward College Library, 954-201-8825.

Materials and Resources on Anancy, Caribbean Heritage and Juneteenth from Broward County Libraries Division:

Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads of the World, edited by Deborah Cullen

Juneteenth: A Novel, by Ralph Ellison

Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folklore, edited by Francis Abernethy

Peoples of the Caribbean: An Encyclopedia of Archeology and Traditional Culture, by Nicholas J. Saunders

The Contemporary Caribbean: History, Life and Culture Since 1945, by Olylwyn Blouet

For Children and Teens:

Anancy and Mr. Dry Bone, by Fiona French (Picture Book)

Come Juneteenth, by Ann Rinaldi (Young Adult Fiction)

First Palm Trees: An Anancy Spiderman Story, by James Berry (For Young Readers)

Foods of the Caribbean, by Barbara Sheen (For Young Readers)

Juneteenth: Celebrating the End of Slavery, by Janey Levy (For Young Readers)

Traditional Crafts from the Caribbean, by Florence Temko (For Young Readers)