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FREE Teacher Workshops at Central Library’s Brooklyn Collection
Bite of Brooklyn’s History
March 11th from 9:00am – 3:00pm for teachers of all grades
Explore the Brooklyn Collection’s vast array of food related primary source materials and learn the role food played in Brooklyn’s history. From sugar refineries to hot dogs, historic photos to Chinese take-out menus, this workshop will offer a wealth of information and access to a meaty chunk of Brooklyn's past. Teachers will be introduced to the holdings of the Brooklyn Collection followed by presentations from two food historians: historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman and pizza historian and educator Scott Wiener. Attendees will be provided with model lessons designed by our education staff. Each teacher will take home an extensive packet of resources that can be used in the classroom. This free full-day session will include breakfast and lunch. All are welcome.
Brooklyn and the Civil Rights Movement
May 18th from 9:00am – 3:00pm for Middle and High School teachers
Explore the Brooklyn Collection’s original Civil Rights materials with expert historian Dr. Brian Purnell. Learn about the efforts of Brooklyn CORE, which included protests, community clean-ups, stall-ins, marches and a sit-in at the Brooklyn Board of Education. This workshop will provide teachers with the content knowledge and materials needed to help students explore Brooklyn’s role in the Civil Rights Movement. After working with our guest historian, teachers will have the afternoon to connect with the materials through brand new model lessons designed by our education staff. Each teacher will take home an extensive packet of resources that can be used in the classroom. This free full-day session will include breakfast and lunch. All are welcome.
To RSVP for these events, please contact Brendan Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718.230.2723.
Check back for special events for educators regularly or join our teacher email list by contacting YouthandFamily@bklynlibrary.org.