June 19

Honor freedom and justice for Black Americans and African Americans. Read on for book recommendations and upcoming programs that celebrate the legacy of Black music and artistic freedom.


GlenViewings: Summer of Soul (118mins/PG-13/2021)

Sunday, June 19, 1:30 PM • Community Room

A powerful and transporting documentary, part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion, filmed over six weeks in the summer of 1969, just 100 miles south of Woodstock, at the Harlem Cultural Festival. Drop in.

Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power

Wednesday, June 22, 7-8 PM • Community Room

Chicago’s place in the history of soul music is undeniable, from Curtis Mayfield to The Chi-Lites and Chaka Khan to The Dells. Aaron Cohen tells the remarkable story of how the city’s homegrown record labels produced rising stars singing songs of progress and freedom. This music became the Black community’s voice of inspiration and change and the source of Black empowerment from the 1960s to the 1980s.



All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson

Celebrating Juneteenth by Jody Jensen Shaffer

Juneteenth by Lisa A. Crayton

Juneteenth by Emily J. Dolbear

Juneteenth by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

Juneteenth by Joanna Ponto

Juneteenth by Kevin P. Winn

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

What is Juneteenth? By Kirsti Jewel

Chains: Seeds of America by Laurie Anderson

Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

Alec’s Primer by Mildred P Walter

47 by Walter Mosley

Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


Teens & Adults

A collection of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and movies on hoopla.

Films addressing the history and legacy of Juneteenth on kanopy.

Books for adults and teens honoring Juneteenth.