In the Libraries: Black History Month at George Bruce and New York Public Libraries

Maggie Barrows
February 07, 2022

Libraries throughout New York City are celebrating Black History Month with events that include looking at Black representation in anime, exploring the art of the Harlem Renaissance, discussing works by Black authors, and more. George Bruce Library on 125th Street will host a display of William Kitt's art, hold book discussions, provide opportunities to learn to crochet, and more. 

NYPL will resume in-person programming on February 14, until then libraries are still open for browsing, seating, computer and laptop access, and general use. Masks are still required.   

Upcoming Events
  • Visit William Kitt's Jesus in Harlem display through March 11. Kitt, who grew up only a few blocks from George Bruce Library, is a self-taught artist who works in pastels. The 18 pieces in this display include many that show scenes around Harlem.
  • Live online story time for children ages 3-5, accompanied by their caretakers, will be held on February 8, February 15, and February 22 at 12:30PM
  • This month's Open Book Hour for adults is on February 9 at 12PM. Join your fellow readers to discuss noteworthy books, swap recommendations, and more.
  • Learn basic crochet techniques or practice your skills with company at the Crochet & Chat hours on February 9 and February 23 at 2PM.
  • On February 14 at 4PM, teens 13-18 can learn about The Art of Beatboxing, considered by many to be the first instrument ever used by humans.
  • Join the Teen Advisory Group on February 15 at 4PM to help guide George Bruce Library staff as they choose books to recommend and plan programming for teenagers.
  • Teens ages 13-18 can discuss whatever they're currently reading at the Open Book Hour on February 22 at 4PM
Exhibitions and Resources
  • Get help with income taxes with in-person sessions with tax assistance organizations resuming after February 14.
  • What was New York reading in 2021? Check out NYPL's top checkouts of 2021 to find out.
  • The library's expert librarians have shared their Best Books of 2021 for adults, teens, kids, and Spanish books for kids.
  • Get learning resources for kids of all ages, educators, parents, and caregivers. Whether in person or online, the library connects you with after school care, books, homework help, learning activities and tools, and much more.
  • Late fees are gone for good. Read up on how book return policies will work going forward.
  • Watch one of the recorded story times with your child, hosted by George Bruce children's librarian Margo Moore. 

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a great resource for New Yorkers, offering virtual events, free online services, and a wide variety of support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Columbia Neighbors has partnered with the George Bruce Library on 125th Street to provide regular updates from library staff and highlight its fantastic offerings.

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