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Eight inspired weeks of discussions, films, performances, and creative activities for all ages. Please review the full 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia Calendar of Events.

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Kings' Crowns

Mon, May 10, 2021 6:00 P.M.
Online

Presented by North Philadelphia Libraries.  Learn to make your own flower crown, like the one we see on the cover of The Tradition , with former Philly Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim. This workshop is designed for boys, though all children are welcome to attend. The virtual session…

The Tradition virtual Book Discussion

Tue, May 11, 2021 6:30 P.M.
Online

Join a facilitated public book discussion of the 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, The Tradition by Jericho Brown. Wide-ranging conversation will be prompted by the themes in this Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poems. Reading the book beforehand is not required to…

One Book Wednesday on the Stoop with Blue Stoop

Wed, May 12, 2021 4:00 P.M.
Online

Join Blue Stoop  and noor ibn najam for a creative workshop inspired by The Tradition . This supportive session for writers and readers of all walks of life and experience levels will offer prompts, engagement with writing craft, and space for writing and community. Wednesdays on the…

Looking Out and Building Up: Imagining Black Masculinities After Patriarchy

Wed, May 12, 2021 6:30 P.M.
Online

Moving through the themes of Black masculinity discussed in Jericho Brown's  The Tradition , this intergenerational conversation will focus on deconstructing and reimagining the narratives and myths that define life for Black men and other Black masculine people. Panelists will explore…

The Poet X Book Discussion (In Person)

Thu, May 13, 2021 3:30 P.M.
Haddington Library

Join a read-aloud and book discussion of the 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia Young Adult companion selection, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Reading the book beforehand is not required to participate.   This event is geared for readers between the ages of 12 and 16 and will…

The Poet X virtual Book Discussion

Thu, May 13, 2021 4:00 P.M.
Online

Join a facilitated book discussion of the 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia Young Adult companion selection, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Reading the book beforehand is not required to participate.   This event is geared for readers between the ages of 12 and 16 and…

Layers of Tenderness: Screen Printing Poetry

Thu, May 13, 2021 6:00 P.M.
Online

Presented in collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum .   Learn to screenprint, a process where ink is pulled over a stencil to transfer a printed image onto cloth or paper. Create your own print with layers of imagery, as you enjoy an evening of poetry and rituals of care with The…

Love Song Writing Workshop for Families

Fri, May 14, 2021 6:30 P.M.
Online

Join a virtual session with singer-songwriter, teaching artist, and music producer Vince Anthony to learn to write your own love song. This intergenerational workshop invites children of all ages and their loved ones to write love songs with and for each other.  Anthony, who released…

Words to Action: Poetry and Social Justice Workshop

Sat, May 15, 2021 5:00 P.M.
Online

Presented by West Philadelphia Libraries In this writing workshop for teens led by Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate Cydney Brown, learn how to turn your thoughts and feelings about the current political climate and Black Lives Matter Movement into poetry. We will explore how to get your thoughts…

The Tradition and Unlearning Anti-Blackness

Mon, May 17, 2021 6:30 P.M.
Online

Join poet, teacher, and community activist Greg Corbin for a conversation about the One Book, One Philadelphia featured title, Jericho Brown's poetry collection, The Tradition . This guided, interactive conversation will focus on decolonizing and unlearning from…

The Tradition virtual Book Discussion

Tue, May 18, 2021 6:30 P.M.
Online

Join a facilitated public book discussion of the 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, The Tradition by Jericho Brown. Wide-ranging conversation will be prompted by the themes in this Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poems. Reading the book beforehand is not required to…

Centering Black Joy Through Dance: Children and Families

Wed, May 19, 2021 10:00 A.M.
Online

Let's get moving! Inspired by Useni Eugene Perkins' gorgeous book Hey Black Child , we'll dance for Black joy together, connect, and celebrate who each of us are. This session, led by dance, theater and movement artist Jennifer Turnbull, is designed for children K-4 and all loved…

LGBTQ Teen Workshop: Welcome to My House: Queerness and the Culture Clash

Wed, May 19, 2021 4:00 P.M.
Online

"Take the Mic" is a virtual series of spoken word workshops that invites teens to explore the themes of  The Poet X  by Elizabeth Acevedo, the 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia Young Adult selection, and their own multiple identities using poetry and theater exercises. In this…

Quilting Family Stories

Wed, May 19, 2021 6:30 P.M.
Online

Presented by Paschalville Library Join this virtual session where we’ll learn the art of quilting our own family histories, while exploring themes from Jericho Brown's book,  The Tradition . In this workshop led by Maisha Sullivan-Ongoza, we will learn basic quilting techniques,…

Wellbeing Session: Coping with State Violence

Thu, May 20, 2021 6:00 P.M.
Online

Presented by Kingsessing Library This guided dialogue session for Black and brown communities will address the generational and mental health impacts of violence. As author Jericho Brown’s poems explore the reality of being disproportionately subjected to life-threatening police and…

Paint and Show

Fri, May 21, 2021 4:00 P.M.
Online

Presented by Haddington Library and Overbrook Park Library. Listen to poetry from Useni Eugene Perkins's Hey Black Child, the One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 children's selection ,  and paint your impression of the poems in this guided interactive program for children. Click here to…

Mascs Off: Real Talks for Men and Boys

Fri, May 21, 2021 6:00 P.M.
Online

Join a lively session of intergenerational conversation, communication, and connection for fathers and sons and men and boys in nontraditional and nonnuclear families. Discussion will explore expectations and experiences of masculine-identifying folks, and will be facilitated by Victor Jackson,…

Teen Workshop: Where I'm From

Mon, May 24, 2021 4:00 P.M.
Online

"Take the Mic" is a virtual series of spoken word workshops that invites teens to explore the themes of  The Poet X  by Elizabeth Acevedo, the 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia Young Adult selection, and their own multiple identities using poetry and theater exercises. In this…

The Tradition virtual Book Discussion

Mon, May 24, 2021 6:30 P.M.
Online

Join a facilitated public book discussion of the 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, The Tradition by Jericho Brown. Wide-ranging conversation will be prompted by the themes in this Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poems. Reading the book beforehand is not required to…

Boundless Love: Black Queerness and Spirituality

Tue, May 25, 2021 6:30 P.M.
Online

Presented by Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library Jericho Brown writes in The Tradition about religion and spirituality from his personal perspective and lived experiences of being a queer Black man, reflecting on both the ugliness of institutional violence and the beauty and…

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