Juneteenth DIY Painted Flower Pots (All Ages)

- Available for pick-up on June 17 @ 11:00am. In-person projects are also available!


Juneteenth is traditionally a barbecue holiday, where families and friends will gather around the almighty grill (or pit). But a Juneteenth meal just isn't complete without red desserts and beverages, and many also wear the color red. The color red is a holds a great deal of symbolism not only for Juneteenth, but in African culture as well. Red symbolizes the bloodshed by enslaved ancestors due to the transatlantic slave trade, explains James Beard Award winner Adrian Miller, author of Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue. It may also have roots in the favorite colors of West African royal courts, but Miller notes that's a less commonly held theory. This Juneteenth, we're giving out seeds to plant red poppies--not only to symbolize the blood of those lost, but also as a symbol of rememberance to this crucial piece of history. 

Close out our weeklong Juneteenth Celebration with a special DIY project! Patrons who register for this event will have the option to stop by and complete their project at the library or take home a ready-made kit. Kits will contain a ceramic flower pot to design (with paint!) in any way you choose, as well as a paintbrush, paints, and poppy seeds to plant in your planter! Registration is required for this event! For more information, contact Miss Nikki or Kaitlyn at (708) 748-3731 ext 31.

Registration for this event will open on May 30th.