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Monday, October 1, 2018

Beach Clean up! Thank you Pioneer Works!

Pioneer Works invited the Ark for the Arts to attend their regatta on Saturday. We wanted to do a beach clean up for the occasion... and one of the Red Hook residents had already cleaned the beach! (5 garbage bags full!). Thank you kind stranger...


So instead, we finished decorating the interior of the Ark, with all the children and their parents. The weather was perfect, we had free hot dogs, what else can we ask for?!














Sunday, September 16, 2018

All 500 postcards have been written!

A few weeks ago, we started a Get Out the Vote campaign with the ACLU. We asked our neighbors, friends, and community to write personal messages on postcards provided by the ACLU, about why it's important to vote. We sometimes get overwhelmed by work, we sometimes get frustrated by politicians, but we always have to remember that voting is one of the ways we have to fix some of our problems, big and small. We are lucky to have been born in a democracy, and we have to remember that the rights we have can easily be snatched away from us. We need to stay engaged, and informed. We need to stay involved as citizens. We have finally reached our goal of 500 postcards written up, which will be sent out to the ACLU, where their volunteers will address the cards, and send them out to folks who did not vote in the last election. I hope they will inspire some to return to the polls, and make decisions about who will be in our congress the next two years.

Below are some of the postcards we have written. I hope that they inspire you to stay involved in civic life, pay attention to policies, and keep your politicians accountable, by voting!








Thursday, August 30, 2018

THANK YOU FOR ALL THE BOOKS!

We collected over 100 books yesterday for Books Through Bars NYC (Thank you Bruce for coming by to pick them up!). We were so successful that we will do this again. So if you have books to donate, please make sure you follow us on Facebook so you can be on the look out for future book donation events.
If you want to donate or volunteer for Books Through Bars, make sure you visit their site.

As part of our civic engagement, we are also writing Get-Out-the-Vote postcards, so if you feel inspired to inspire others to vote, come see us at the library the next time were are there: Sept 15.

Mark your calendar for our big event: a beach clean up followed by a potluck picnic in Valentino Park on September 29!



Saturday, August 25, 2018

THE ARK FOR THE ARTS 

WANTS YOUR BOOKS!


We are conducting a book drive/Book exchange to benefit Books Through Bars NYC.

WHEN
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 29, 2018

WHERE
RED HOOK PUBLIC LIBRARY

WHAT
PAPERBACK books in good condition

The Red Hook Public Library will have a drop-off box all day from 10 am to 6pm on 08/29/18.
Please contact us through our web page or Facebook page if you cannot come to the library.

Books Through Bars would love the following topics:
  • African-American history, especially 20th century
  • Native-American history
  • Latin-American history
  • Social sciences
  • How-to (drawing, origami, chess, knitting, sign language…)
  • Mayan and Aztec history
  • Memoirs and fiction by people of color
  • Mythology
  • Dictionaries, thesauruses, GED studies, atlases
  • Language studies
  • Sudoko/puzzles
  • Guides to starting a business
  • Yoga and pilates guides
  • Mass-market mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi

Please:
NO HARDCOVER BOOKS
NO ENCYCLOPEDIAS
NO RELIGIOUS TEXTS
NO MAGAZINES
NO WHITE SUPREMACIST LITERATURE
NO BOOKS ADVOCATING HATE SPEECH
NO COMPUTER BOOKS
NO EROTICA
NO OUTDATED BOOKS

Red Hook Public Library:
7 Wolcott Street
bklynlibrary.org
Facebook.com/BPLRedHook

Thursday, August 16, 2018

KICK-OFF EVENT IN RED HOOK!

We had a wonderful kick-off event yesterday, and we wanted to share some of the photos here. The community came by the library, and we spent the afternoon making decorations with recycled materials (some of which came from our street clean-up event!). We are going to attach all the decorations (waves, dolphins, coral reefs, and various sea creatures) this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. The wonderful David Spangler who BUILT the Ark will be there as well, so come by, talk to us, make art with us!














Friday, August 10, 2018

REGISTER TO VOTE!


The Ark has been painted at the library, and we are now ready for our big event this Saturday: Voter Registration Drive around the neighborhood. School children have made signs in English and Spanish to let everyone know that we will have a voter registration event. If you miss us, voter registration forms are available at the library in many languages. So no excuses: go out and vote this November!