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A bookstore-without-walls® for kids, teens, families, and educators in the Bronx and beyond.

Since we launched in 2017, the core values that we use to guide our work have been joy, justice, and community. Thank you for joining us in promoting joyful reading experiences that center the stories, identities, and experiences of young people in our Bronx community and beyond.
This edition of our weekly newsletter is especially for our Boogie Down Storytime community. For other updates, please email us to update your subscription.

Boogie Down Storytime Monthly Memberships are now available!

Join the Boogie Down Storytime community! Your membership includes unlimited attendance at storytime that month, a 15% discount on all featured storytime books, and a free gift during your child's birthday month for current members. Automated payments mean that you'll never miss a week or find yourself scrambling to register at the last minute!
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Also available:

Virtual Boogie Down Storytime 5-Pack Bundles

Boogie Down Storytime
Saturdays 10am EST on Zoom

Don't miss Boogie Down Storytime with author Jessica M. Rinker featuring
Send a Girl!:
The True Story of How Women Joined the FDNY
!

Brenda Berkman was often told that she couldn't do certain things because she was a girl. When she grew up, she longed for a job that was challenging, different every day, and required physical and mental strength. In 1977 when the New York City Fire Department finally complied with the Civil Rights Act (from 1964) by allowing women to take the FDNY exam, Brenda jumped at the chance.

But the FDNY changed the rules of the exam so women wouldn't be able to pass it. Even a lot of men couldn't pass this new exam.

So Brenda Berkman took the FDNY to court. In 1982, they finally made a fair test, and Brenda and 41 other women passed. Brenda went on to serve in the FDNY for 25 years, reaching the positions of Lieutenant and Captain, and was a first responder during the attacks on the Twin Towers on 9/11. After her retirement, Brenda founded the United Women Firefighters, an organization that helps train and prepare women to be firefighters. Send a Girl! is Brenda Berkman's inspiring story.

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Upcoming Storytime Events

March 6
Bear Outside with author Jane Yolen

March 13
Daisy with author Jessixa Bagley

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Our Next Event for Grownups:

Resilient Kids, Supportive Adults:
Giving Kids the Tools to Thrive

Saturday, February 27, 4:00-5:00 PM EST

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Boogie Down Books® brings joyful reading experiences and inspiring community events to kids, teens, families, and educators in the Bronx and beyond. Follow us for info about pop-up events, mobile book sales, author events, and workshops.
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