From Nov. 18 through Dec. 31, each branch in the QPL system will offer programs, activities and events to provide the public and Library staff opportunities to embrace and spread the spirit of peace, goodness, and neighborliness.
This year’s calander includes sending holiday cards to troops overseas, making blankets for animals at shelters, learning how to create and write a kindness graphic novel and collecting 3 tons (6,000 pounds) of canned food through a major drive in partnership with Food Bank for New York City.
Monday started off “It’s Time for Kind” with a canned food drive, which will run until Dec. 7.
Other highlights include an evening of healing with Korey Wise, one of the Exonerated Central Park Five on Nov. 18 at 6 pm at Central Library.
In a discussion moderated by QPL Hip-Hop Coordinator Ralph McDaniels, Wise will share his experiences with incarceration and re-entry, and members of the audience who have been incarcerated or have loved ones who are incarcerated will have the opportunity to talk about their experiences and how they coped with their feelings.
QPL will also hold a series of events dedicated to the little-known story of European Jews who immigrated to Shanghai to escape Nazi persecution during WWII, including a panel discussion at Central Library on Nov. 18 at 6:30 pm and a presentation (in Chinese) at Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Dec. 21 at 2 pm.
The events will be accompanied by the “Jewish Refugees in Shanghai” exhibit, which will be on display from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31 at Central and from Dec. 3 to Jan. 2 in Flushing, as well as film screenings of “Survival in Shanghai” on Nov. 25 at 6:30 pm at Central and on Dec. 4 at 6 pm in Flushing.
Several locations will also invite customers to join a fun and engaging card game of Memory Kaleidoscope, in which each player shares a memory evoked by an image card and the other players take turns asking questions about their story, helping participants learn more about each other and get some practice listening and asking questions.
There will also be a system-wide read-aloud of kindness-themed books on Dec. 4. and the QPL outreach team, in partnership with Queens Community House, will host storytimes in a Mobile Library while visiting local schools and community centers.
Students in English for Speakers of Other Languages classes and workshops will write letters that will be inserted into books and other materials loaned to customers, and all patrons will be encouraged to post stories about kindness on “kindness walls” at all 63 QPL libraries.