Spring Valley Library celebrates Karamu

San Diego County Library believes in celebrating the variety of cultures and communities that build social capital in our region. Public libraries were built upon a foundation of democracy and intellectual freedom and SDCL celebrates the diverse cultures found in its community. In February 2015 the Spring Valley Library hosted its 2nd annual Black History Month Celebration specifically titled "Karamu" with nearly 200 people in attendance. Karamu is a feast that takes place on the 6th day of Kwanzaa, which is a weeklong celebration honoring African heritage and culture.

Children enjoyed a gigantic blow-up obstacle course that was available throughout the event as well as temporary tattoos, face painting, and balloon animals. Additionally, there were many lively performances held during the Karamu celebration for all to enjoy. Lisa Sanders and the La Presa Middle School Jazz Band provided musical performances followed by passionate slam poetry and a reading from the Black Storytellers of San Diego.

The event also included over 30 community booths for many different businesses and foundations. Booth offerings included glaucoma testing, mammograms, HIV testing, and dental checks completely free of charge.