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chazz ross with drums

African Drum Circle

With Chazz Ross!

2024-02-01 16:00:00 2024-02-01 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles African Drum Circle Join as we celebrate African American and Black History Month with percussionist Chazz Ross!  A C Bilbrew Library - Meeting Room

Thursday, February 01
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-02-01 16:00:00 2024-02-01 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles African Drum Circle Join as we celebrate African American and Black History Month with percussionist Chazz Ross!  A C Bilbrew Library - Meeting Room

A C Bilbrew Library

Meeting Room

Join as we celebrate African American and Black History Month with percussionist Chazz Ross! 

Chazz Ross will magically channel the audience’s internal rhythms to enrich their words, music, and dance in the African Drum Circle.  Audience members will have the opportunity to play djembe drums as part of the drum circle that Chazz will instruct and lead!

Recommended For ages 5 + with parent or caregiver.

This event is held in-person. LA County Public Health strongly encourages masks and physical distancing indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will continue to be available for customers upon request.

A C Bilbrew Library

Phone: 310.538.3350

Hours
Mon, Jul 08 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jul 09 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jul 10 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jul 11 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jul 12 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jul 13 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jul 14 Closed

About the branch

Located in a shopping center from 1964 to 1974, the North Enterprise Branch became the A C Bilbrew Library with the opening of the present building on November 2, 1974. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn was instrumental in the library obtaining funding through a Model Neighborhood Development Program to build a 21,000 square foot library with a capacity to house 100,000 books. The library was designed by Vincent Proby, an African-American architect and is named for Madame A C Bilbrew, a community leader and former deputy for Supervisor Hahn who was also a musician and poet.

In 1933, Mrs. Bilbrew was the first black soloist to appear on radio, and in 1928, she produced the first Negro chorus that was featured in Hollywood's first Negro talkie, titled "Hearts in Dixie." She was the first black person to have a radio show. Mrs. Bilbrew was also a producer of pageants and dramas, an outstanding dramatic reader, and choral director.

A C Bilbrew Library houses the Black Resource Center which supports research and study on social, historical, musical, and cultural aspects unique to the "Black Experience" such as Juneteenth and Kwanzaa. From 1980-2008, A C Bilbrew Library has hosted the County Library's African American History Month Celebration. The "Living Black History Tribute" first honoree was Eubie Blake. This became the "African-American Living Legend" Series. Past Honorees have included Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Rosa Parks, James Baldwin, Coretta Scott King, and Ray Charles. An interactive Living Legends digital display is featured in the main lobby. The library is located in an unincorporated area west of the City of Compton.

Upcoming events

Tue, Jul 16, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Activity Room
Coco coir planters are made from the husks of coconuts which can be planted in the ground with no waste.  This workshop will help you start your seeds for your summer garden using this environmentally friendly material. For adults 18+.

Wed, Jul 17, 11:15am - 11:45am
Activity Room
Let’s get ready for school! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement while learning school readiness skills and having fun. Arts/crafts extension activities included. For ages 2 - 5 with a parent or caregiver.

Wed, Jul 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Activity Room
Terrariums are a great way to add a little greenery to your desk. Join us as we make some colorful succulent sand terrariums. Learn about the history of terrariums and their growth in popularity over the years. For ages 13 – 17.

Thu, Jul 18, 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Activity Room
Summer is the perfect time to visit the beach but have you ever wondered what lies beneath the surface of the sea? Learn about the animals that inhabit the ocean and create your very own paper undersea ecosystem! For ages 5 – 12 with adult caregiver.

Tue, Jul 23, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Activity Room
Learn more about resources to help reduce stress and promote personal wellness while participating in a relaxing, summer-inspired coloring event. For Adults 18+.

Wed, Jul 24, 11:15am - 11:45am
Activity Room
Let’s get ready for school! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement while learning school readiness skills and having fun. Arts/crafts extension activities included. For ages 2 - 5 with a parent or caregiver.

Wed, Jul 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Activity Room
Are you a teen interested in making a difference in your library and community? Join the Teen Advisory Board! For ages 14 - 17.

Thu, Jul 25, 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Activity Room
Looking for some summer fun? Beat the heat and join us for an evening of board and video game fun! We have a variety of games for the whole family to play - infants/toddlers included! All ages welcome.

Tue, Jul 30, 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Activity Room
Continue your summer of fun by reading: The Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles. Join us for a brief chat about this book along with trivia, games, crafts and other fun activities!  Recommended for ages 9 - 12. Reading level: 3rd - 7th grade. 

Wed, Jul 31, 11:15am - 11:45am
Activity Room
Let’s get ready for school! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement while learning school readiness skills and having fun. Arts/crafts extension activities included. For ages 2 - 5 with a parent or caregiver.

Thu, Aug 01, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Activity Room
Looking for a Summer Challenge? Join us for an afternoon of brick building! We provide a variety of materials, just bring your imagination and creativity! For Ages 5 - 12 with a parent or caregiver.

Tue, Aug 06, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Activity Room
Join us for a night of basic acrylic painting! Unleash your creativity and learn some simple techniques to paint a summer sunset scene.  For Adults 18+.

Wed, Aug 07, 11:15am - 12:15pm
Activity Room
Have fun with your toddler as they explore their sense of touch using a Sensory Cube. Toddlers will explore different textures and create their own sensory cube to explore at home. For ages 2 – 4 with a parent or caregiver.

Wed, Aug 07, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Activity Room
Explore your creativity and individuality with this artistic workshop. Learn about the power of positivity and create an art piece that will remind you of your new life skill! For teens ages 13 – 17.

Canceled
Thu, Aug 08, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Productivity apps are vital for the workplace and beyond. Come explore the 2 most popular app suites, Microsoft Office and Google Docs. Find out their similarities and differences and how to get started using both. For Adults 18+. For Adults 18+.

Canceled
Thu, Aug 08, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Looking for a Summer Challenge? Children will learn about the illusion of motion and our visual perceptions by making their own "thaumatrope" – an optical illusion toy that dates back to the 19th century! For ages 5 and up with a parent or caregiver.