Events

Film: Like Cotton Twines
Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton, CT
A young man takes a job in a Ghanaian village where he meets a bright girl who must atone for a deadly accident committed by her father and, according to custom, must abandon her education and be offered into religious slavery.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Tales from African Traditions
Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton, CT
Drawing from her own travels, internationally known storyteller Valerie Tutson brings to life an assortment of myths, folktales and historical accounts from the African continent and the African Diaspora.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Film: Ties That Bind
Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton, CT
Adobea, Buki and Theresa are three women from different walks of life bound together by a similar pain; the loss of a child. In a destined meeting in a small village in Kroboland, the women journey together to redemption, love, life and forgiveness as they renovate a dilapidated clinic for the villagers.
TUESDAY, AUGUST15 at 7:00 p.m.
From the Harlem Renaissance to Rap
Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton, CT
Emerson Theater Collaborative & The Writer’s Block Ink present an evening of readings and songs from the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary rap and hip hop.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Music of West Africa
Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton, CT
W. Che’ Cartafalsa is a professional musician, instrument maker and educator whose work brings him from recording studio to concert halls to West African street weddings. Che’ has lived in Africa and has learned from the percussion masters and passes his knowledge on to his audience. A multitude of authentic instruments are utilized to learn the traditional rhythms from Mali, Guinea and Nigeria. Students will play a wide variety of percussion instruments native to the countries of Africa.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 at 7:00 p.m.
I Do Not Know My Ancestors But I Know Who I Am
Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton, CT
Kevin Booker Jr. leads a panel discussion exploring the complexity of ancestral identity. The panelists will shed light on how they have navigated through labels that have been imposed on them through societal pressure of Western culture. The labels have not taken away their inner strength but only deepened a sense of self.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Book Discussion
Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton, CT
Join us for a discussion of Homegoing led by Professor Henryatta Ballah from Connecticut College.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Traces of the Trade – Screening and Discussion
Mystic & Noank Library, 40 Library Street, Mystic, CT
The Mystic & Noank Library will host a screening of the abridged version of the PBS documentary Traces of the Trade (running time 56 minutes) followed by a one hour discussion led by the DeWolf Family descendant, Elizabeth Sturges Llerena. The film’s subject, the American slave trade, ties in closely with the themes of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, this year’s OBOR selection. Arrive at 5:30 to meet Ms. Sturges Llerena; film will begin at 6 p.m. after a brief introduction.
MONDAY, AUGUST 14 at 5:30 to 8:15 p.m.