Events and Reading to Celebrate Juneteenth

Join CPL for several Juneteenth events and browse suggested reading for all ages. Please note all CPL locations will be closed June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.

Featured Event

Juneteenth Viewing Event, 6 p.m. June 20

Online event

Join CPL for a panel discussion about the Hulu series The 1619 Project, based on Nikole Hannah-Jones' book, The 1619 Project.

Panelists include journalist Jelani Cobb, Executive Director of the American Library Association Tracie D. Hall and associate professor at Chicago State University Dr. Garrard McClendon. The event will be moderated by Sylvia Ewing, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing, and Outreach Director at Elevate.

Join screenings of Hulu's The 1619 Project June 13-17 at Woodson Regional leading up to the panel discussion.


Juneteenth Story Time, 11 a.m. June 17
King Branch. For kids 0 to 6 and their caregivers.

Juneteenth Flag Paint Party, 2 p.m. June 17
Sherman Park Branch. For teens and adults.

Make a Juneteenth Flag, 2 p.m. June 18
Hall Branch. For kids and teens 6 to 18.

Film Screening: Harriet, 5:30 p.m. June 20
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch. For adults.

Reading Recommendations

Juneteenth Reading List (books for all ages)
Juneteenth for Kids

View Juneteenth blog posts.