Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom Day

Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Check out our reading lists and resources and join us for in-person and virtual programs to learn more about this important day in U.S. history.

Join Queens Public Library at the 2022 "Juneteenth in Queens" Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans on Sunday, June 19 from 12-7pm; learn more about the festival at https://www.juneteenthinqueens.com.

All Queens Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20 in observance of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth Booklists

Adult Books Part 1

Adult Books Part 2

Young Adult Books Part 1

Young Adult Books Part 2

Children’s Books Part 1

Children’s Books Part 2

eBooks on OverDrive


Juneteenth Resources

Learn About Juneteenth (Virtual Brochure from QPL, Langston Hughes Library, and Queens Memory)

Juneteenth - All About the Holidays (PBS Kids Video)

What Is Juneteenth? (HISTORY)

Juneteenth: The History of a New Holiday (The New York Times)

The History Of Juneteenth (NPR Fresh Air)

Special Series: Juneteenth (NPR)

DIY Confetti Poppers for Juneteenth (Crafting a Fun Life)

4 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth with Your Kids 2022 (Indy's Child Magazine)

Great Ideas for Celebrating Juneteenth (HGTV)

Here are 50 Quotes to Better Understand Juneteenth (Parade Magazine)

How to Celebrate Juneteenth as a Family (Verywell Family)

How to Celebrate Juneteenth This Year (PureWow)

Juneteenth Printables (Primary Treasure Chest Resources)

25 Ideas to Help You Celebrate Juneteenth (The Cubicle Chick by Danyelle Little)

Ways Your Family Can Celebrate and Find Joy Together on Juneteenth (PopSugar Family)


Upcoming QPL Programs

click on the links below for more information

For an up-to-date listing of all our Juneteenth events, visit the QPL Calendar!

Juneteenth Family Storytime & Craft Activity
Monday, June 13, 10:30am, Glen Oaks
Wednesday, June 15, 3:30pm, Baisley Park
Thursday, June 16, 4pm, South Jamaica
Saturday, June 18, 2:30pm, East Elmhurst

Juneteenth: Write Your Own Story
Monday, June 13, 2pm, North Forest Park
Wednesday, June 15, 2:30pm, Cambria Heights

Queens Rising: Juneteenth Forum: History, Traditions, and A Case for Reparations
Monday, June 13, 8pm, Virtual

Juneteenth Drum Circle and Craft
Tuesday, June 14, 4pm, Woodhaven

Queens Rising: Black Dolls, A Virtual Presentation with the New York Historical Society
Tuesday, June 14, 6pm, Virtual

Juneteenth Painting Activity
Monday, June 13, 3pm, North Hills
Wednesday, June 15, 3pm, Woodside
Wednesday, June 15, 4pm, Far Rockaway Teen Library
Thursday, June 16, 6pm, Douglaston/Little Neck
Friday, June 17, 4pm, Forest Hills
Saturday, June 18, 3:30pm, Rochdale Village

Good For Your Soul Cooking: Juneteenth Meal
Wednesday, June 15, 6pm, Virtual

Juneteenth Teen Movie
Thursday, June 16, 5pm, Queensboro Hill

Family Juneteenth Storytime
Friday, June 17, 3:30pm, Rochdale Village

Juneteenth: Trivia Day
Friday, June 17, 4pm, Far Rockaway Teen Library

Juneteenth Freedom Walk
Friday, June 17, 5pm, Rochdale Village

Juneteenth Storytime
Saturday, June 18, 11am, Richmond Hill

Juneteenth Craft
Saturday, June 18, 11:30am, McGoldrick

Langston Hughes Library Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, June 18, Langston Hughes
Dance Performance and Class by CarNYval Dancers, 1pm
Reelblack Films Presentation and Discussion, 3pm
Painting Activity, 3:30pm

Juneteenth Family Movie
Saturday, June 18, 2pm, Queensboro Hill

Juneteenth: The Legacy of Black Greek Organizations
Sunday, June 19, 6pm, Facebook Live & YouTube Live

Juneteenth Crochet with Ms. Junelle
Thursday, June 23, 4:30pm, East Elmhurst