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Book of the week: Sharice's Big Voice

06/21/2024 NYC Public Schools
Book of the week: Sharice's Big Voice

This acclaimed picture book autobiography tells the triumphant story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas. When Sharice Davids was young, she never thought she'd be in Congress. And she never thought she'd be one of the first Native American women in Congress. During her campaign, she heard from a lot of doubters. They said she couldn't win because of how she looked, who she  loved, and where she came from. But everyone's path looks different and everyone's path has obstacles. And this is the remarkable story of Sharice Davids' path to Congress. Beautifully illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, an Ojibwe Woodland artist, this powerful autobiographical picture book teaches readers to use their big voice and that everyone deserves to be seen--and heard.

 Accelerated Reader: 4  Publisher-Recommended Age and Grade: 4 years to 8 years

Find a copy at your NYPL ,BrooklynLibrary or Queens Library


TransFamilies Project Support Group - June 23rd

06/21/2024 PFLAG
TransFamilies Project Support Group - June 23rd

The TransFamilies Project (TFP) is a support group for parents of transgender children, as well as other family members and friends. No matter when your child disclosed their gender identity, or what stage of transition they’re in, join with others at the TransFamilies Project to meet understanding friends, share important information, and to get (and provide) support as we all travel this special road together.

To register and receive more information, please click here.


Heatwave in full swing!

06/20/2024 311
 Heatwave in full swing!
Stay cool with the NYC cool it map, you can find places across the City to hydrate, refresh, & stay in the shade at an NYC Park! This map focuses on three ways to help you beat the heat: water features, drinking fountains, & trees.

Special Report on Social Media and Mental Health

06/20/2024 NYC Healthy
special report on social media and mental health
Today, a special report was published on social media and mental health. The report includes data that explores the many factors around social media use and its impact on users’ mental health. Read the report:

PFLAG Black Family Circle

06/20/2024 PFLAG
PFLAG Black Family Circle

Black Family Circle is PFLAG NYC’s group dedicated to families and individuals who identify as Black and who have lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) loved ones. It provides a warm and inviting space to gather virtually and find community.


For more information and to register, please click here.


New Summer EBT Food Benefits

06/20/2024 NYC Public Schools

The new Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program will help families buy food for their school-aged children during the summer. Families will get $120 in food benefits for each eligible child. Eligible children will receive Summer EBT food benefits on an EBT card. Families can use their Summer EBT food benefits to buy food like fruits, vegetables, meat, whole grains, and dairy at authorized retail food stores, farmers' markets, and anywhere else SNAP is accepted. Most children will be automatically eligible for Summer EBT and do not need to do anything to enroll. However, some children may need to apply. An online application will be available in July. 


Panel for Education Policy - June 20th, 2024

06/19/2024 NYC Public Schools

This meeting will be held on June 20, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Evander Childs Campus (800 East Gun Hill Road, Bronx, New York, 10467). Documents for this meeting include:

Accessing the Meeting and Signing Up For Public Comment

If you would like to access this meeting via computer, please visit:

In-person and online, speaker sign-up will run from 5:30 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. on June 20, 2024 and is available via the link here ( Speakers may only sign themselves up for agenda/voting items and general public comment, only those who signed up will be permitted to speak during the appropriate comment period(s). Each speaker who registered for an agenda item/voting item will be allotted two and a half minutes, while each speaker who registered for general public comment will be allotted two minutes. If you would like to submit written comment, please email 


Interpretation Services

Interpretation services will be provided in Spanish, Mandarin, and Bangla. Interpretation services for other languages, including American Sign Language, will be provided upon request. To request services contact us at: (212) 374-0226 or

Contact for agenda items: (212) 374-0226/52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

Spanish Conference Line: Dial 646 964 1167 and enter Meeting ID 160 106 0688 

Mandarin Conference Line: Dial 646 828 7666 and enter Meeting ID 160 131 6572 

Bangla Conference Line: Dial 646 828 7666 and enter Meeting ID: 161 109 1947


Update on Cooling Centers

06/18/2024 311
Due to expected high temperatures and high heat indices, NYC cooling centers will be open today, Tuesday, June 18 through Friday, June 21. Call centers directly to confirm hours & for more information. Find one near you:

Today's Teens, Tomorrow's Techies 

06/18/2024 NYC Public Schools

Deadline: June 19, 2024

Event: July 2024 through June 2025

Contact:  Jackson Gomes

Do you love technology and want to make a difference in your community? Are you looking to build your resume and gain valuable work and leadership experience? Apply now to Brooklyn Public Library's Teen Techies program. Teen Techies learn and share new computer skills by helping patrons use library computers and also assist Brooklyn Public Library staff with computer troubleshooting and computer training workshops for the public. Attend a training session this July or August to volunteer during the school year. Learn more and apply on the Brooklyn Public Library webpage.


YVote ChangeMakers Summer Institute 2024 

06/18/2024 NYC Public Schools

Deadline: June 21, 2024

Event: July 9 through August 13, 2024

ContactChris-Ann Barnett Barnett/347-972-8111

Are you interested in being part of a youth voter and civic participation movement and mobilizing your peers to be civically engaged? Apply to join  YVote to participate in a youth social movement organized around creating change and holding elected officials accountable for issues you care about like criminal justice, environmental justice, housing, immigration, mental health, and racial justice. A stipend of up to $250 is available for full participation. Learn more and apply on the YVote YVote webpage.