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June 16: Special Story Time for Kids: Julián Is a Mermaid

Join us for a story time with debut author-illustrator (and Broadway actress) Jessica Love as she reads her new book Julián Is a Mermaid! This beautiful picture book set in New York City celebrates love and acceptance and defies gender stereotypes. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality. The reading will be followed by a short craft activity and books will be available for sale.

Jessica Love is an illustrator and Broadway actress. She has a BA in studio art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a graduate degree from Juilliard. She lives in New York.

Special Story Time for Kids: Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love                                                                                                         Saturday, June 16, 2018
11 am to 12:00 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave (at 165th Street)
New York, NY



February 24: Cuéntame un Cuadro


 IMAGE: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Portrait of Pedro Mocarte, ca. 1805-1806, oil on cavas, 78 x 57 cm.
Cuéntame un Cuadro (Tell Me the Story of an art work) is a story-telling program in Spanish for families with children ages 5 to 9. Discover fun facts about Hispanic art and culture while you learn and create together.
During this event, writer Mariel Escalante will talk about the Portrait of Pedro Mocarte by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. The Hispanic Society Museum and Library is closed for renovations, but their programs—like Cuéntame un Cuadro—are moving to different spaces around the community.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact education@hispanicsociety.org or (212) 926-2234 ext. 209.

 Cuéntame un Cuadro                                                                                                               Saturday, February 24, 2018                                                                                                         1-2 PM                                                                                                                                           Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                                           2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165)                                                                                                New York, NY 10032






February 15: Jeremiah Moss in conversation with Claudia de la Cruz

Jeremiah Moss has been documenting the small businesses and cultural institutions closing all over the city for over a decade through his blog. With his recent book, VANISHING NEW YORK: HOW A GREAT CITY LOST ITS SOUL, he tracks the root causes of this hypergentrification through writing that is clear, researched, and romantic, filled with lamentation for a city that is disappearing. At Word Up Community Bookshop, Jeremiah will present an slideshow lecture of some of the points in his book, then a conversation will follow with Claudia de la Cruz.

There will be a Q&A with the audience afterward. Books will be available for sale.

For generations, New York City has been a mecca for artists, writers, and other hopefuls longing to be part of its rich cultural exchange and unique social fabric. But today, modern gentrification is transforming the city from an exceptional, iconoclastic metropolis into a suburbanized luxury zone with a price tag only the one percent can afford.

A Jane Jacobs for the digital age, blogger and cultural commentator Jeremiah Moss has emerged as one of the most outspoken and celebrated critics of this dramatic shift. In Vanishing New York, he reports on the city’s development in the twenty-first century, a period of “hyper-gentrification” that has resulted in the shocking transformation of beloved neighborhoods and the loss of treasured unofficial landmarks. In prose that the Village Voice has called a “mixture of snark, sorrow, poeticism, and lyric wit,” Moss leads us on a colorful guided tour of the most changed parts of town—from the Lower East Side and Chelsea to Harlem and Williamsburg—lovingly eulogizing iconic institutions as they’re replaced with soulless upscale boutiques, luxury condo towers, and suburban chains.

Claudia De la Cruz has over 20 years of experience engaging in popular education and community organizing with working class communities of color, women, immigrants and youth in the Washington Heights, West Harlem and The South Bronx. From her work dedicated to the leadership development process of young women with Da Urban Butterflies, to her ministry work as reverend of San Romero de Las Americas, her contributions to the political education processes at The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective (RDACBX), and her work as co-host and producer of TeleSur English’s Ñ Don’t Stop Web-Show along with Hip Hop duo Rebel Diaz, Claudia has reaffirmed time and time again her commitment to be part of the movement that will deconstruct systems of oppression and exploitation, that will dare to have a radical imagination for the future, and build a better world in the now. Currently, she is co-chair of The Popular Education Project (PEP), a national collective of organizers and popular educators coming from different social movements in the United States. She is also a member of the national steering committee for The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival seeking to shift the national narrative around the poor and poverty, as well as create a non-partisan and unified social movement to impact the socio-economic and political reality of the poor in the United States.

Jeremiah Moss in Conversation with Claudia de la Cruz
Thursday, Feb 15, 2018
6:30 – 8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

February 17 – Family Jam

This is a free, all-ages, community music event where real local musicians play live music in diverse genres for toddlers, grandmas and everyone in-between.  Dancing, singing, audience participation and deep listening encouraged. Past jams have included hip hop, folk, klezmer, classical, bossa nova, son jarocho, jazz, Bulgarian fiddle music and electronica.  Who knows, this time we might even try some rock ‘n’ roll.

Contact Jon Braman if you want to perform! sproutingdaisies@yahoo.com, jonbraman.com, https://www.facebook.com/jonbramanmusic/

Family Jam
Saturday, February 17 
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St. 
New York NY 10032

February 10 – Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee by Andrea Loney

James VanDerZee was just a young boy when he saved enough money to buy his first camera. He took photos of his family, classmates, and anyone who would sit still for a portrait. By the fifth grade, James was the school photographer and unofficial town photographer.

Eventually he outgrew his small town and moved to the exciting, fast-paced world of New York City. After being told by his boss that no one would want his or her photo taken “by a black man,” James opened his own portrait studio in Harlem. He took photographs of legendary figures of the Harlem Renaissance—politicians such as Marcus Garvey, performers including Florence Mills, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Mamie Smith—and ordinary folks in the neighborhood too. Everyone wanted fancy portraits by James VanDerZee.

Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee tells the story of a groundbreaking artist who chronicled an important era in Harlem and showed the beauty and pride of its people.

Reading: Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee by Andrea Loney
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

James VanDerZee era solo un niño cuando ahorró suficiente dinero para comprar su primera cámara. Tomó fotos de su familia, compañeros de clase y cualquiera que se sentara quieto para un retrato. Ya para el quinto grado, James era el fotógrafo de la escuela y el fotógrafo no oficial de la ciudad.

Eventualmente superó a su pequeña ciudad y se mudó al emocionante y acelerado mundo de la ciudad de Nueva York. Después de que su jefe le dijo que nadie querría que su foto fuera tomada “por un hombre negro”, James abrió su propio estudio de retratos en Harlem. Tomó fotografías de figuras legendarias del Renacimiento de Harlem: políticos como Marcus Garvey, artistas como Florence Mills, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson y Mamie Smith, y gente común en el vecindario también. Todo el mundo quería retratos de lujo por James VanDerZee.

¡Ganador del Premio New Voices de Lee & Low, Toma una foto de mí, James VanDerZee cuenta la historia de un artista pionero que hizo una crónica de una era importante en Harlem y mostró la belleza y el orgullo de su gente.

Lectura: Toma una foto de mí, James VanDerZee por Andrea Loney
Sábado, 10 de febrero, 2018
Librería Comunitaria Word Up
2113 Avenida Amsterdam
New York NY 10032