Written by Kelly Sheehy, Content Specialist, Downtown Main Library As February comes to a close, we’re looking forward to keeping the celebration of Black History Month at the Library going throughout the rest of the year. One way is through our new partnership with blaCk Coffee Lounge , a spot frequented daily by many Library staff members and customers that was created by Black Owned founders Means Cameron and Marcus Ervin. Located at the corner of Ninth and Elm downtown Cincinnati, blaCk Coffee is a place where community happens. A colorful mural lines the lounge's back wall, while portraits of influential Black musicians and leaders decorate the rest of the space that's filled with gleaming black café tables, plush couches, and cozy chairs. A small stage takes up the back right corner to facilitate a rotating lineup of speakers, performers, and open mic nights. You can always guarantee that a flawlessly curated playlist fills the place with everything from 90s R&B throwbacks, hip hop deep cuts, chart-toppers, indie favorites, and the occasional Whitney Huston power ballad. It takes effort not to bust out dancing. The best part? They make truly fantastic coffee ….and lattes, and chai, and vegan snacks, and to-go sandwiches...whatever you're in the mood for. Clearly, our love for blaCk Coffee Lounge runs deep. So it seemed like a natural fit to team up and start a book club. The blaCk Readers Book Club is the brainchild of Library staff members Leah Dudak and Arnisha Jones. When blaCk Coffee Lounge opened its doors this past summer, Dudak and Jones immediately saw the potential for partnership. Each month, the group meets at blaCk coffee at 6 p.m. to talk about a selected reading. A series of engaging and thoughtful questions are provided to help the group open up and discuss the book.