The Reading Circle program is structured around three free libraries aka book boxes in Marcus Garvey Park. Artist Susan Stair designed the newest book box creating tile mosaics depicting the Fire Watchtower, Drum Circle, Public Art Installation InHarlem by artist Simone Leigh and the children’s playground. The two original book boxes were installed in 2014 and were designed by Artists Ron Islar and Andrew Dyke. Collaborating with Urban Innovations and the AHRC Fisher Center we have distributed over 20,000 books to children and adults. Community residents donate books to the libraries on a daily basis and this program would simply not be possible without their support.
Poets in the Park, In Celebration of the installation of the third free library in Marcus Garvey Park. Def Poetry Alum Kraal “Kayo” Charles, Iyabo Ibo Mandingo, Elisabet Velasquez were joined by next generation poets Parlay and Victoria Awogbemi. This event was sponsored by Partnerships for Parks.
The Reading Circle for Children takes place every Wednesday morning throughout the summer and encourages children to read and continue learning when school is out. Special thanks to Librarian Paul McIntosh for leading the reading circle events each week. We also want to thank Ms Griggsby for supplying the blankets and bringing many of the children from nearby daycare centers.
Authors and Children’s Entertainers Sammie and Tudie are regular volunteers and share some laughs and life lessons.
Children’s book Authors, Librarians, Musicians, Dancers, Community Residents and the Uni Project have all volunteered their time to make summer special for the children in Marcus Garvey Park.