Black Classics Book Group

All Library locations will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 for a staff development event. We will reopen for regular hours Thursday, December 18.

When: Second Saturday in: February, April, June, August, October, and December; at 2:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted, see individual listings)
Where: Bluford Branch
Contact: Bernard Norcott-Mahany at 816.701.3482

Black Classics is devoted to reading and discussing works written by African or African American authors that can be considered great classics—these include outstanding works of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction. Come and discuss some of the great works you may not have read in school.


February 14
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

See our previous selections >

Group Leader

Bernard Norcott-Mahany

Bernard Norcott-Mahany is a technical assistant at the L.H. Bluford Branch, where he also serves as the Library's resident connoisseur of classic literature. He holds master's degrees in Ancient Greek from Loyola University Chicago and in English Literature from Syracuse University. He teaches Greek mythology at Johnson County Community College. For more info on the Black Classics Book Group, contact Bernard Norcott-Mahany at 816.701.3482.