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A Neighborhood Library in Harlem

By Icare4Harlem

The 115th St. branch of the New York City Public Library is not new to the neighborhood.  However, I felt that it was worth sharing my most recent experience with this institution.  Tucked around the corner of 115th St. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., is this small but inviting public library.

New York City Public Library, W. 115th St. Branch

My intention was to locate books that were of high interest but at a low reading level.  I wanted to compile a few references to give to adults who have very basic reading skills and wish to further their enjoyment of reading.  Even though I didn’t have a particular author in mind, a librarian on the second floor readily assisted me in my attempt to locate the specific reading materials.  After scanning the books and asking other employees, it was concluded that this branch, unfortunately,  did not possess the specific books that I requested.

I was prepared to exit the library and continue my search when one of the staff members suggested that I visit the Centers for Reading and Writing (CRW), located on 125th St.  There are locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.  These centers have programs to assist adults with reading and writing difficulties and strive to improve their communication skills.  The librarian looked up the pertinent information, ran off a copy, and provided detailed directions to, two centers in the Harlem area.

I plan to investigate the programs and will report my findings in a future story.  So thanks to the pleasant and helpful staff who contributed to a wonderful experience at the W. 115th St. library.  Now, it’s off to Harlem’s CRW….

Free Reading of “Father’s Day” Next Saturday

By NativeNewYorker

I was surprised to learn that April is “Child Abuse Prevention Month”; how sad that we need to have such a month!  Still, the purpose is a worthy one – to raise public awareness and provide education to end child abuse.  As part of “Child Abuse Month” there will be a reading of Yvette Heyliger’s play, Father’s Day, at the 115th Street Libraryon Saturday, April 24th at 2pm.  I saw a reading of this play a few years ago – it is not light entertainment.  But it is a powerful look at one family’s tragedy.  Following the reading, there will be a discussion with the playwright, Yvette Heyliger, and a counselor from the St. Lukes-Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center.

Yvette Heyliger is a playwright, director, and producing artist who lives and writes here in Harlem.  Her other works include: What Would Jesus Do? (a powerful intergenerational play about HIV/AIDS in the

Yvette Heyliger, Playwright & Director

African American Community), Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent (a witty and poignant account of a fictional meeting between the former first lady and the infamous intern); and Autobiography of a Homegirl (a powerful, provocative comedy-drama about race, color, beauty and self-esteem). 

Yvette Heyliger and her twin sister, Yvonne Farrow, are the founders of TWINBIZ, a production company that creates and produces original projects for stage, television and film which educate, entertain and serve.   The reading of “Father’s Day” is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible:

Saturday, April 24th at 2pm

115th Street Public Library

203 West 115th Street (at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.)

Free Reading of "Father's Day" Next Saturday

By NativeNewYorker

I was surprised to learn that April is “Child Abuse Prevention Month”; how sad that we need to have such a month!  Still, the purpose is a worthy one – to raise public awareness and provide education to end child abuse.  As part of “Child Abuse Month” there will be a reading of Yvette Heyliger’s play, Father’s Day, at the 115th Street Libraryon Saturday, April 24th at 2pm.  I saw a reading of this play a few years ago – it is not light entertainment.  But it is a powerful look at one family’s tragedy.  Following the reading, there will be a discussion with the playwright, Yvette Heyliger, and a counselor from the St. Lukes-Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center.

Yvette Heyliger is a playwright, director, and producing artist who lives and writes here in Harlem.  Her other works include: What Would Jesus Do? (a powerful intergenerational play about HIV/AIDS in the

Yvette Heyliger, Playwright & Director

African American Community), Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent (a witty and poignant account of a fictional meeting between the former first lady and the infamous intern); and Autobiography of a Homegirl (a powerful, provocative comedy-drama about race, color, beauty and self-esteem). 

Yvette Heyliger and her twin sister, Yvonne Farrow, are the founders of TWINBIZ, a production company that creates and produces original projects for stage, television and film which educate, entertain and serve.   The reading of “Father’s Day” is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible:

Saturday, April 24th at 2pm

115th Street Public Library

203 West 115th Street (at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.)