Celebrating Juneteenth (Freedom Day)

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Juneteenth Celebrations at the Central Library

Saturday, June 17

Celebrate the Juneteenth National holiday with a day of activities at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library!

No registration is required for these events.

These programs are made possible thanks to the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.


And while you're at the Central Library, be sure to visit: 

From The Bottom to Tenth Street Exhibit, 7th floor

The Dallas History & Archives Division, in partnership with the Tenth Street Residents' Association, will feature an exhibit celebrating the rich history of the Tenth Street and The Bottom neighborhoods. The exhibit is located on the 7th floor of the Central Library and will combine historic imagery from the archive with items of historic significance provided by Tenth Street and The Bottom residents.






Zulu Bead Juneteenth Craft

Join us in making a Zulu inspired bracelet! We will be using a weaving technique and large pony beads to make this craft friendly to all ages! Supplies provided.

Friday, June 2 at 4 pm, Oak Lawn Branch


Juneteenth Confetti Poppers

Pop off with DIY Confetti Poppers! Construct your own confetti popper and pop it off on June 19th to celebrate Juneteenth!

Thursday, June 15 at 3 pm, Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Branch

Saturday, June 17 at 11 am, Vickery Park Branch

Saturday, June 17 at 2 pm, Forest Green Branch


Get Social: Juneteenth Edition

Learn how to create video content for social media using cameras and phones in celebrating Juneteenth. Come be a part of a video where you can express your individuality!

Friday, June 16 at 3 pm, Highland Hills Branch


Juneteenth Fans

Cool yourself off with a Juneteenth-themed fan! Decorate your own fan just in time for Juneteenth elebrations! Enjoy all the festive fun without the hot summer heat!

Saturday, June 17 at 12 pm, Highland Hills Branch







Juneteenth DIY: Yoruba Dye Work

In celebration of Juneteenth we're practicing a traditional dye technique called adire which finds its origins in Nigeria. All supplies will be provided. Note: This class is intended for adults only as there will be heavy dye use that may stain if used improperly.

Wednesday, June 14 at 3 pm, Preston Royal Branch


String Art: Juneteenth Edition

Create nail and string art with Juneteenth-themed stencils! Bring to life a symbol or quote near and dear to your heart and take home a one-of-a-kind art piece to brighten up your living space!

Friday, June 16 at 11 am, Polk-Wisdom Branch

This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.


Juneteenth Seniors Drum Circle

Adults and seniors, celebrate Juneteenth with a special drum circle presented by Len Barnett.

Saturday, June 24 at 2 pm, Pleasant Grove Branch

This program is provided by City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.



All locations of Dallas Public Library will be closed Monday, June 19 in commemoration of Juneteenth.