The Free Black Women's Library is coming to Brooklyn College, February 21 through March 20!
Visit the Library exhibit both in the Library and participate in a book swap.
Special Event featuring TFBWL Installation:
Libraries Filling Voids, Libraries Making Connections, and Libraries Fostering Collaborations:
Perspectives From Three Innovators Invigorating American Culture
Monday, March 20, 2023 9:30-10:30am
The Brooklyn College Library
The Woody Tanger Auditorium
Library spaces and the books they offer have not always been reflective of the communities they serve. In response, libraries have begun to offer the perspectives of marginalized voices in the BIPOC and LGBTQA+ communities. This evolution has led to push back from conservatives who are legislating to silence these emerging voices. Many in the library community are resisting and insisting on serving their users and meeting their needs. Three panelists will discuss their innovative work that is changing the nature of libraries and their relation to the wider community. Our speakers include:
Ola Ronke Akinmowo – Artist, scholar and founder of The Free Black Women’s Library, a Bedford-Stuyvesant library and community space.
Rakisha Kearns-White – Brooklyn Public Library senior young adult services librarian responsible for sex education programming and menstrual literacy education.
Summer Boismier – In charge of teen initiatives at Brooklyn Public Library, formerly a high school English teacher in Oklahoma who gained national attention for promoting the BPL “Books Unbanned” for her students and for having her teaching license threatened to be revoked as a result.
Book Swap to follow!
Bring a book by a Black woman or non-binary author and exchange it for a book in The Free Black Women’s Library Installation in the Library exhibit space!
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