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Nature Photography with Rick Lieder

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
ONLINE


To register, click here!

Rick Lieder is a professional and well-established nature and wildlife photographer who finds beauty all around him.  His photos can be found in books right here in our library!  Learn from an expert on how to capture stunning photos of nature and wildlife while having fun doing it!  Please click here to visit his Website where you can see his outstanding photos and learn more about him.

 

His photos are featured in these children's books:

Step Out Gently

Sweep Up the Sun

Among a Thousand Fireflies

Wake Up!

Hello, I'm Here!

 

 

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Building Racial Understanding: Part 2

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
ONLINE

Building Racial Understanding Series

WVPL invites you to join us in

Building Racial Understanding: A Four-Part Series Toward Systemic Change

Our presenters are a team of educators dedicated to the work of social justice, diversity and inclusion. 

They will guide our conversations to talk openly about several topics related to race and racism. 

Our hope is that by engaging in these subjects,

we can all expand our capacity for racial understanding and learn to become agents of change. 

 



Part 1: White Privilege: The Benefit of Positive Assumptions 

August 4 at 6:30 pm online via Zoom 

REGISTER: wvpldiversity1.eventbrite.com

This presentation explores the definition of white privilege and how four types of racism - individual, institutional, cultural, and environmental - continue to hinder people of color in America.

Part 2: The Whens, Wheres, Hows, and Whys of Being a White Ally  

August 11 at 6:30 pm online via Zoom 

REGISTER: wvpldiversity2.eventbrite.com

This presentation describes different ways to be an ally to people of color.  Participants will be called to action to use their privilege to create a world where everyone enjoys equal opportunities. 

Part 3: Implicit Bias and Microagressions

Coming September 2021 

Part 4:  Empowering Kids: How to Talk to Children about Race and Racism

Coming October 2021

 


 

About our Presenters:

Our Presenters for Building Racial Understanding Series

Serita Lachesis   Serita is a fifth grade teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia, where she serves on the diversity committee.  For Serita combatting racism is deeply personal.  Her parents were one of the first families in the United States to do transracial adoption, raising their five adopted children and biological children together.  While it was joyful to grow up in a mixed race family, it was painfully apparent to Serita that she benefited from privileges that her siblings were not afforded.  As Serita became older and had more opportunities to be an agent for change, she has been able to give these lifelong concerns a voice.  Serita has a BA in History from Columbia University and MA in Education from Chestnut Hill College. 

Megnot Toggia   Megnot is a sixth grade assistant teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia.  Growing up in Lehigh County, she was aware of a lack of diversity within the student body and among the faculty at school.  While living and attending college in Philadelphia, Megnot was exposed to a diverse population of individuals, emphasizing for her the importance of recognizing every individual’s life experience.  Megnot is committed to learning new ways to use her voice for social justice.  She is a recent graduate from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance with a B.M. and an M.M. in Voice Performance.

Jalil Pines   Jalil is a sixth grade teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia and is faculty advisor for a middle school affinity group.  He also serves on the middle school diversity committee.  Fighting for social justice and being an activist is a priority for Jalil.  From an early age, Jalil’s parents instilled in him the values of standing up for what is right and fighting for equality.  Whether leading an affinity group in high school or planning marches, being an advocate has always represented much more for Jalil.  He earned his BS in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College with a dual concentration in Management and Entrepreneurship.  


 

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Building Racial Understanding: Part 1

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
ONLINE

Building Racial Understanding Series

WVPL invites you to join us in

Building Racial Understanding: A Four-Part Series Toward Systemic Change

Our presenters are a team of educators dedicated to the work of social justice, diversity and inclusion. 

They will guide our conversations to talk openly about several topics related to race and racism. 

Our hope is that by engaging in these subjects,

we can all expand our capacity for racial understanding and learn to become agents of change. 

 



Part 1: White Privilege: The Benefit of Positive Assumptions 

August 4 at 6:30 pm online via Zoom 

REGISTER: wvpldiversity1.eventbrite.com

This presentation explores the definition of white privilege and how four types of racism - individual, institutional, cultural, and environmental - continue to hinder people of color in America.

Part 2: The Whens, Wheres, Hows, and Whys of Being a White Ally  

August 11 at 6:30 pm online via Zoom 

REGISTER: wvpldiversity2.eventbrite.com

This presentation describes different ways to be an ally to people of color.  Participants will be called to action to use their privilege to create a world where everyone enjoys equal opportunities. 

Part 3: Implicit Bias and Microagressions

Coming September 2021 

Part 4:  Empowering Kids: How to Talk to Children about Race and Racism

Coming October 2021

 


 

About our Presenters:

Our Presenters for Building Racial Understanding Series

Serita Lachesis   Serita is a fifth grade teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia, where she serves on the diversity committee.  For Serita combatting racism is deeply personal.  Her parents were one of the first families in the United States to do transracial adoption, raising their five adopted children and biological children together.  While it was joyful to grow up in a mixed race family, it was painfully apparent to Serita that she benefited from privileges that her siblings were not afforded.  As Serita became older and had more opportunities to be an agent for change, she has been able to give these lifelong concerns a voice.  Serita has a BA in History from Columbia University and MA in Education from Chestnut Hill College. 

Megnot Toggia   Megnot is a sixth grade assistant teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia.  Growing up in Lehigh County, she was aware of a lack of diversity within the student body and among the faculty at school.  While living and attending college in Philadelphia, Megnot was exposed to a diverse population of individuals, emphasizing for her the importance of recognizing every individual’s life experience.  Megnot is committed to learning new ways to use her voice for social justice.  She is a recent graduate from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance with a B.M. and an M.M. in Voice Performance.

Jalil Pines   Jalil is a sixth grade teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia and is faculty advisor for a middle school affinity group.  He also serves on the middle school diversity committee.  Fighting for social justice and being an activist is a priority for Jalil.  From an early age, Jalil’s parents instilled in him the values of standing up for what is right and fighting for equality.  Whether leading an affinity group in high school or planning marches, being an advocate has always represented much more for Jalil.  He earned his BS in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College with a dual concentration in Management and Entrepreneurship.  


 

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Bug Show!

Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 10:00am
Event location: 
ONLINE

All ages are welcome!

You’ll never see bugs the same way after this virtual presentation by the Bug Man, Ryan Bridge who will give you a whole new appreciation for these creepy crawlers!  This presentation is pre-recorded.  You will receive the link to the video after you register.

 

To register, click here!


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One Summer, One Author: Jarrett Krosoczka!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
ONLINE

This event is for teens!

Meet Jarrett Krosoczka LIVE!  For teens, he has written a graphic memoir titled Hey Kiddo! His second graphic memoir will be released next year and is titled Sunshine.  After you register, you will be contacted by the Blue Bell library to pick up a free copy of one of his books to keep!!!! To learn more about Jarrett Krosoczka, visit his Website by clicking here!

To register, click here!


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Tails and Tales with Center for Aquatic Sciences

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 10:00am
Event location: 
ONLINE


For all ages!


Students will focus on interesting animal adaptations and how animals appear in literature.

Join us and our animal guests as we “dive in” to some of the ways different animals use their tails — like tadpoles who use their tails for propulsion and thresher sharks who use their tails to stun prey.

Live animals are in this program!


To register, click here!

 

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National Liberty Museum: Allies in Action (For Teens)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 10:00am
Event location: 
ONLINE

 

For grades 8-12

How do we balance our rights with our responsibilities? How can we use our rights to protect the rights of others? Is it our responsibility to do so? How can we be an ally to others?

In this interactive tour and workshop, students get to the bottom of these questions by studying art, videos, and primary source materials to learn about the importance of allies and allyship in the fight for equal rights. Students will discuss the presence of allies today, and how they can affect positive social change. Then, reflecting on their own motivations and inspiration, students will create a work of art to share.

 

During this program, students will:

• Be introduced to the concept of “liberty” and identify where and when there have been gaps in liberty

• Be able to distinguish between rights & responsibilities and explain how they are related

• Understand what an ally is and provide historical and present examples

• Identify Social Issues and discuss actions that help bring about social changes


To register, click here!


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Creative Writing Workshop for Teens

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
ONLINE

 


FOR TEENS ONLY!

In this 3-week workshop, teens will learn creative writing tips with author Eric Bell!

Dates are February 18, 25, and March 4. Please plan to attend all three!

6:30PM-7:30PM (Virtual Event)


Eric Bell is a writer of middle grade books. His two novels, Alan Cole Is Not a Coward and Alan Cole Doesn't Dance, are about a seventh grade boy and his struggles with coming out as gay, as well as bullies, crushes, and self-acceptance. (You can check these books out at the library!)

When Eric is not writing, he can be found teaching writing classes and workshops around the Philadelphia area. He also performs in local improv group LCR Improv. Eric is happy to talk books to anyone; his main area of specialization is (of course) children's books.

There are a limited number of spaces in this workshop, so if you cannot make it, please give advance notice by sending an email to wvplyouth@gmail.com at least 1 week before this series begins so that we can give someone else a spot to join in. If no notice is given, you may be prohibited from signing up for future events.


To register for this teen workshop, click here!

*Note: To receive the link for this workshop, you must check the inbox of your email address that you used to register*

 

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