Mahogany L. Browne, Curator In Residence at the Library

We are excited to announce that in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary, Award-winning poet, writer and organizer Mahogany L. Browne will be the inaugural Curator – In – Residence. Browne has worked closely with the library programming staff to curate special programs to take place in 2020.

April 2020: Woke Baby Challenge

Mahogany L. Browne and our library team will be challenging children and families to take on weekly challenges inspired by children’s books celebrating diversity throughout the month. Each Saturday in April, a new challenge will be announced and families will have one week to take on the challenge and post their entries on social media. Mahogany and Library staff will choose two winners each week who will receive a prize pack of books including Woke Baby and Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne and an additional selection from Mahogany’s Woke Baby Book List. We are excited to see what you come up with!

We will post the weekly challenges and announce winners on our social media pages and right here:

Challenge #4 (Saturday, April 25-Friday, May 1): 

For the last week of our Woke Baby Challenge we ask Children and families to show us their signature dance moves! This challenge is inspired by I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

 Challenge #3 (Saturday April 18-Friday, April 24): 

Children and families are challenged to take or draw a picture of something they are thankful for.This challenge is inspired by Thank you, Omu! By Oge Mora.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

Challenge # 2 (Saturday, April 11-Friday, April 18):

Children and families are challenged to take or draw a picture of shapes you can find in your home. This challenge is inspired by City Shapes by Diane Murray with illustrations by Bryan Collier.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

Challenge #1 (Saturday, April 4-Friday, April 10):

Children and families are challenged to draw or take a picture of what a rainbow represents to you. This challenge is inspired by “In Between, There Is Light” by Olivia Gatwood, featured in Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

(updated 3/14) – As a precautionary measure, we will be postponing Mahogany L. Browne’s Woke Baby Book Fair, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4, to a later date. New event date for the program is TBD. Woke Baby Book Fair is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other fun hands-on activities.

February 2020: Winter Hack and Living Poetry at the Library

Mahogany L. Browne curated poet and educator, Jive Poetic, as an instructor for the library’s signature youth program Winter Hack. Youth participants worked closely with Jive Poetic to create visual poems, which were presented to an audience of community members during a special presentation of Living Poetry at the Library, curated by Mahogany L. Browne and featuring a performance by her and Jive Poetic. This presentation of Living Poetry was held on Friday, February 21 at 6pm and was co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

More programs TBA! Stay tuned!

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