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Celebrate freedom!

Juneteenth 2023

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The Library will be closed on Monday, June 19 to observe and celebrate Freedom Day.

What is Juneteenth?

On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the freedom of the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in Texas — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln had originally issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Jubilee Day, is marked by celebrations, family gatherings, picnics, and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. As Juneteenth is an occasion not just for celebration, but also for reflection and education, we recognize and honor the profound contributions of Black people to American history and culture. We hope you will join us in celebrating Juneteenth and celebrating Black history and excellence!


Juneteenth Books for Early Readers

Children's Books

Books for Young Adults

Young Adult Books

Adult Books for Juneteenth

Juneteenth books for adults

Also check out the Juneteenth Reading List from the State Library of Ohio!


Make your own Freedom Quilt! When people escaped their enslavers and headed north, it was hard to know where to look for help. According to legend, one could find a safe house by looking for a quilt hanging from a clothesline or windowsill. Each design, or “block,” on a quilt had a secret meaning that would help a person know how to proceed or what dangers to expect on the dangerous path to freedom. Though we can’t be sure if quilt codes are completely fact or folklore, quilting continues to be an important part of African-American tradition and art. Start your own kid-friendly quilt project by downloading these coloring sheets.

Learn more about Quilt Codes!



Visit Liberty Branch Library this month and check out our trivia wall containing facts about Juneteenth. Check out some interesting titles from our Juneteenth book display and learn a few facts along the way.

You can also celebrate at these special Juneteenth events around Delaware County and Central Ohio!

Saturday, June 10


Saturday, June 17


Sunday, June 18


Saturday, June 24


Listen & Watch!


Learn more!

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