Boogie Down Books participates in the Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG) community by hosting WRBG Book Club Meet-Ups with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color. We are focused on empowering Black and Latinx writers, and we primarily read books by Black women. Readers who feel inspired by this mission are welcome to be a part of our community. We invite girls and womxn of all races, age groups, and readers who identify as non-binary to join us.
Meetings take place on the 1st Saturday of the month at 12:00pm EDT on Zoom. Registration closes 24 hours before each meeting begins, at which point the Zoom link is sent out.
Boogie Down Books is an approved New York State provider of CTLE hours, and qualifying teachers will receive a certificate of completion for 2 hours after each meeting. (New York State-certified teachers must earn 100 CTLE hours per 5-year-period.)
Students at any level (middle school, high school, college, graduate school) will receive a certificate of completion for 2 Literacy and Community Engagement hours that they may submit to their instructor or school if appropriate.
“It was interesting to meet a diverse group of people from the community and bond over books” –Carolyn O.
“I loved discussing this book with the group since it allowed me to really get into the plot and characters in a deep and meaningful way. In addition, it was great to meet up with people from the community as well as discovering Mottley Kitchen! I wanted to thank you for putting this together! It was really fun time.” –Suleika D.
“Diverse perspectives; cool location; positive energy. Was really great and positive - thanks for having us!” –Anonymous
“I enjoyed the location and the people. I liked the diverse background of the book club participants. Some were teachers, assistant principals, journalists, etc. I enjoyed the pacing of the conversation and the open-mindedness of the group. “ –Christina L.
“I'm just really excited to get a book and reading community going in the South Bronx.” –Gabriela R.
“The discussion was thought provoking, and everyone participated with insight. It was a great group and I would love to meet again!” –Frieda K.