The Greensboro Public library is celebrating the beginning of its One City, One Book Project with a kick-off Block Party from 1-5 pm Saturday, August 26, at Central Library, 219 N. Church St. “It will be fun for the entire family with music, crafts, interactive science activities related to the book and so much more,” says Adult Programming Coordinator Beth Sheffield.
One City, One Book is a community read and this year’s selection is Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped with the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. In addition to the incredible untold story of African-American women working as "computers" at NASA, the book highlights the beginning of the space age, the Civil Rights Movement, and empowerment of women.
The party features STEM displays, hands-on activities, and DJ Jessica Mashburn spinning tunes from the decades featured in the book. Dancing in the library is encouraged, especially when the Piedmont Swing Society shows everyone how to do the Shim Sham. Also on tap is birthday cake to celebrate Katherine Johnson’s 99th birthday (she is a main character in the book and movie) and a vintage fashion show featuring clothing from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
Partygoers can launch a rocket in LeBauer Park, take a look at more powerful rockets on display by High Point University's rocket team, and watch a drone demonstration by NC A&T State University's Engineering Department and demonstrations of the library’s collection of interactive robots and electronics. There will also be opportunities to learn simple computer coding.
During the party, the Cone Health Foundation is sponsoring a raffle of free memberships to the Greensboro Science Center.