Fun at the June Family Fair

In partnership with the Juneteenth Community Partnership, Omaha Public Library hosted its 11th annual June Family Fair, a Juneteenth Celebration, at Charles B. Washington Branch yesterday.

Juneteenth originated in 1865 and observes June 19 as African American Emancipation Day, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Following the morning Juneteenth Parade on N. 30th St., celebrators and Mayor Jim Suttle braved the drizzle and unseasonably cool weather to gather outside Washington Branch. The Juneteenth flag-raising, met with applause, was followed by the passing of the lantern award.

Then it was time for fun! Though festivities were forced indoors, spirits weren’t dampened. Families enjoyed carnival fare like hotdogs and chips, popcorn and soda, and snow cones and cotton candy. Children (and even adults!) had their faces painted, and balloons twisted into animals and flowers. The bouncy house was packed, too.

The OPL Foundation and Friends of OPL helped make this event a success; thank you. The Juneteenth celebration will continue at Washington Branch with a Juneteenth Family Movie every Monday in June. View photos from the event below, and see even more on Flickr. Enjoy!

Charles B. Washington Branch at Omaha Public Library

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

Mayor Jim Suttle (left) offered an embrace.

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

Library staff served up refreshing snow cones.

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

Willie Williams (center) with happy fair-goers.

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

Cooley Smilez took balloon requests.

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

Marissa and Maia after their face paintings.

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

OPL’s Alonzo served up hotdogs.

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

Zakiyah and Charles Etta read through books.

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

Joii, with cotton candy and Scamper.

June Family Fair at Omaha Public Library

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