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Black History Month continues through February with a number of events coming up at the Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach.

Kids ages 5 to 12 can find inspiration listening to “Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, a Young Artist in Harlem.” Lawrence was a celebrated painter and educator known for his portrayal of African-American life. Youngsters can explore various materials, paint and collage techniques to create artwork inspired by the celebrated painter.

The class begins at 1:30 p.m. Friday in KidSpace on the third floor. Participants are encouraged to dress to get messy.

For the grown-ups, independent lecturer and art historian Joan Lipton will discuss important and influential modern female African-American artists and their contributions at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The men get their turn a week later. In a second lecture, planned for 2 p.m. Feb. 27, Lipton will highlight modern male African-American artists.

Also at the Mandel Public Library:

Foreign film series: View the French comedy “If You Don’t, I Will.” English subtitles. Adults. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Paint and weave: Join local artist Norma Anne Chattin to create a beautiful image from painted paper watercolor pieces that are woven together and layered on a painted canvas background. All supplies provided. Open to all skill levels. Adults. Registration opens at 10 a.m. Monday. Class is 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Eat healthy: Like greens? Nina Kauder, a local vegan chef and educator, talks about native Moringa, purslane and nonnative cassava root — leafy greens that will benefit your health. Adults. 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Down the rabbit hole: Learn the curious story behind the creation of the classic “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” written in 1865 by Lewis Carroll. Presented by Matt Klauza, English and literature professor at Palm Beach State College. Adults. 2 p.m. Feb. 22.

Upcoming activities at other area libraries:

Acreage Branch

15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee


See stars: Encounter numerous celestial wonders with a telescope viewing provided by the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. Adults. Preregister. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Wee ones: Join in a jam session with favorite songs and lots of instruments. Little ones up to age 4. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Greenacres Branch

3750 Jog Road, Greenacres


Wigglecise: Wiggle, jump, hop and do a yoga stretch or two. Improve motor skills, rhythm and coordination using shakers, balls, instruments and more. Ages 2 to 4. Preregister. 11 a.m. Friday.

Go for gold: Compete in an indoor version of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games with an opening and closing ceremony. Medals included. Ages 6 to 10. Preregister. 11 a.m. Saturday.

Lantana Road Branch

4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth


From the past: Join archaeologist and research scientist Ann Cordell as she discusses comparative clay analysis for archaeological pottery studies. Adults. Preregister. 2 p.m. Saturday.

About baskets: Learn about the history of African basket weaving, then create a colorful basket to take home. Ages 5 to 12. Preregister. 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

Okeechobee Boulevard Branch

5689 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach


Babysitting 101: Join Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and learn home safety tips, when to call 911, get answers to your baby-sitting questions and learn the basics of CPR and first aid. Grades six-12. Preregister. 2 p.m. Feb. 24.

Royal Palm Beach Branch

500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach


Calling all writers: Share your work in this open mic event — or come just to listen. Preferred reading length of no more than five minutes or 750 words and of a family-friendly subject matter. In collaboration with The Writer’s Group of Royal Palm Beach. Ages 18 and older. Preregister. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

ABCs: Play literacy-based games with your child to introduce and reinforce the alphabet. Ages 2 to 5. Preregister. 10 a.m. Feb. 23.

Wellington Branch

1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington


Music history: A glimpse back into the origin, purpose and necessity of the art form known as the African-American spiritual. Vocalist Katie Gilmore highlights a few well-known spirituals through lecture and performance. Adults. 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lots of laughs: Rose Feinberg explores the lives of three Jewish comedians, Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Lewis and Jackie Mason, including their career highlights, marriages and events that shaped their lives and careers. Adults. Preregister. 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Virtual reality: Test out Oculus Rift, the newest virtual reality technology. Ages 12 and older. Preregister. 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Compete for gold: Join in a Winter Olympics event. Ages 5 to 12. 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

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