Join Us for Juneteenth Celebrations!

Juneteenth, opens a new window only became an official federal holiday in 2021, opens a new window, but it has a long history, opens a new window. It commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned from the Union Army that the Civil War had ended, and they were free, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day or Emancipation Day, it is a symbolic day of freedom and celebration for the Black community. 

Join us for special events and programs commemorating Juneteenth throughout the month. With events ranging from music to art to poetry, there are ways for everyone to join us for Juneteenth celebrations! 

Juneteenth Celebration Painting 

In this guided painting session for adults presented by Honey Art Studio, attendees will celebrate freedom and unity through art with Juneteenth-inspired paintings. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time. 

Will Roc Project 

Do you love live music? Celebrate Juneteenth and be thoroughly entertained by local band Will Roc Project. Will “Roc” Griffin is a pianist, keyboardist and producer who specializes in blues, pop, rock, R&B, funk, hip hop and jazz. 

Celebrate Juneteenth with Local Poet Lois Fried 

Join Bay Area Poet Lois Fried for an evening combining poetry, history, and a mini (fun) workshop to explore the legacy, traditions and future of this important national holiday. Attendees will receive a free copy of Lois Fried's book So Great the Journey and participate in a book signing with Lois. Register now to reserve your spot. 

House of Samba Kids

James Henry weaves concepts of music, education and self-esteem together seamlessly to create an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike. Through his use of percussion, song and movement, a magical atmosphere emerges, leaving everyone feeling uplifted and renewed with positive energy. Don't miss out on his upcoming shows!

Juneteenth Reading Recommendations

Are you curious about the history behind Juneteenth? Check out these staff lists for reading recommendations.

Juneteenth Stories for Youth

Interested in learning about and honoring Juneteenth? Here are a few stories to get you started.

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Juneteenth Stories for Adults

Interested in learning more about Juneteenth? Here are a few stories to expand your knowledge.

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Juneteenth Library Closures

Please note that San Mateo County Libraries and Customer Care will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, in observation of Juneteenth. We are always open at