Founder’s Day

Each year on October 3, 1904, the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Home honors our founder for her tenacity and courage in founding the Daytona Literary and Industrial School for the Training of Negro Girls, now known as Bethune-Cookman University.

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s Birthday

Every year on July 10th the community of Daytona Beach gathers to celebrate the birth of Bethune-Cookman University’s founder. This tradition of exaltation and remembrance brings together people from all walks of life to pay homage to the daughter of enslaved parents who rose to become known as “First Lady of Negro America.”

Books and Bears

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read” – Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune

We invite you to join us for the Bethune-Cookman University Reading Initiative Program as we host "Books and Bears” in the Carl S. Swisher Library one Saturday each month during the academic year from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The program invites local children between the ages of 4 and 11 to read books, create arts/crafts and enjoy refreshments. This initiative seeks to increase community engagement, enhance early reading skills and promote the use of library resource materials. The program is a partnership between the B-CU Swisher Library, the Bethune Home and the B-CU School of Education.