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 Collaborating with community residents, Urban Innovations and the AHRC Fisher Center we have distributed approximately 10,000 books to children and 500 books to adults.
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 summer reading circle is an ongoing program that encourages children to read and continue learning during the summer months when they are not in school. Guest authors and community volunteers read to the children. Special thanks to Librarian Paul McIntosh for leading the reading circle events. 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 Sammy and Tudie come back every year and share some laughs and life lessons.