Hillsborough County – NEA Big Read 2021, Cultural Kitchen November Library Events

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Hillsborough County, Florida (October 28, 2021) – Join the Hillsborough County Public Library Co-op for free interesting, entertaining and informative programs for the whole family in November.

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, real-time programs are virtually continuing. The events listed below are just a sample of the many scheduled events. Find more ads under “Events and online courses“tab at HCPLC.org.

The opinions expressed in these programs are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the official policies, positions or opinions of Hillsborough County, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries or Friends of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library, Inc. ., who do not approve of the presenters. For more information on these and many other @ your library® programs, call (813) 273-3652 or visit HCPLC.org.

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Holiday closures
Veterans Day-
All libraries in the Hillsborough County Public Libraries Co-operative will be closed on Thursday, November 11.
Thanksgiving – All libraries in the Hillsborough County Public Libraries Co-operative will be open until 6 p.m. on Monday, November 22, Tuesday, November 23, and Wednesday, November 24. All libraries in the Hillsborough County Public Libraries Co-operative will be closed on Thursday Nov 25 and Friday November 26.

For a complete list of library hours for vacation weeks, call (813) 273-3652 or visit HCPLC.org.
Storytime series

  • Monday November 1st at 9:30 am
  • Monday, November 8 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Monday, November 15 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Monday, November 22 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Monday, November 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy the books, nursery rhymes, songs and activities. This engaging virtual program offers social interaction and strengthens reading skills. For children from 3 to 6 years old and their companions. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

Time series for toddlers

  • Tuesday November 2 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 9 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday November 16 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday 23 November at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy the books, nursery rhymes, songs and activities. This engaging program offers social interaction and strengthens language skills. For children from 2 to 4 years old and their companions. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

Baby time series

  • Wednesday November 3 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday November 10 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday November 17th at 9:30 am
  • Wednesday November 24 at 9:30 a.m.

Bond with your baby through books, rhymes and songs in this virtual lapsit program that introduces early literacy skills and encourages language development. For children from 0 to 18 months and their guardians. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

Technical topic series

  • Update your smartphone, Wednesday November 3 at 5:30 p.m.
  • What is Consumer Tech?, Wednesday November 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Immerse yourself in a wide variety of short sessions under the umbrella of technology. For all ages. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

Evening story time series

  • Thursday November 4 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday November 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy books, nursery rhymes and songs while developing early literacy skills. Take a blanket and your favorite soft toy. For children from 2 to 6 years old and their companions. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

Family story series

  • Saturday November 6 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 13 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 20 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday November 27 at 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy books, nursery rhymes, songs and activities that the whole family can enjoy. This engaging program offers social interaction and strengthens reading skills. For all ages. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

NEA Big Read 2021 kicks off
Saturday November 6 at 10:00 a.m.
Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Water St., Tampa, FL 33602
Join the library and community partners as we celebrate the power of poetry and the importance of cultural heritage to kick off the NEA 2021 Big Read for “An American Sunrise (2019)” by Joy Harjo. Free copies of the book and additional gifts for young people are available on a first come, first served basis. Attendees are invited to listen to an address by First Wordsmith of Tampa, local writer and educator, Gianna Russo, and meet with local organizations.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Presented in cooperation with the Friends of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library, Inc.

For all ages. Registration is recommended to receive updates prior to the event.

For directions and parking information, please visit Tampa Bay History Center website.

Master Gardener: How to Find Gardening Information on the Web
Monday November 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Find out where to look for Florida-specific research-based information on a variety of topics. Nicole Pinson with UF / IFAS Extension Hillsborough County will show how to find information on turf, nutrient deficiencies, plant pathology, palm problems and insect identification. This presentation will provide you with a list of free UF / IFAS web resources. Mark these links for future reference so you can identify garden issues and find information quickly! For teens and adults. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

Tampa Bay History Center: Native American Exhibits Virtual Tour
Tuesday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Join the online library to preview some of the special spaces at the Tampa Bay History Center, including Florida’s First People, The Seminole and Miccosukee Story, and Coacoochee’s Story Theater. A video tour and short presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with a representative from the Tampa Bay History Center.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Presented in cooperation with the Friends of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library, Inc.

For all ages. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

Write poetry for children and teens
Wednesday November 10 at 6.30 p.m.
Explore and create your own poetry with award-winning author Jaimie Engle. A teaching session on epigraphic poetry will be followed by the [optional] the opportunity for students to make their poetic voices heard. For this session, rather than a smartphone, it is recommended to use a tablet, laptop or computer with a webcam. Register and participate in this event for a chance to win a free book.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Presented in cooperation with the Friends of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library, Inc.

For ages 7 to 12. Register via the calendar function at HCPLC.org.

Cultural cuisine: frying bread
Wednesday November 17 at 6.30 p.m.
Fried bread is both a culinary and cultural touchstone in many Native American countries. Join Chef Mira as she gives a cooking demonstration on how to prepare this delicious dish inspired by the recipe from Kevin Noble Maillard’s picture book, “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story.” For a chance to win a free copy of this book, please provide your address when registering. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For all ages. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

One Book, One Night: NEA Big Read
Friday November 19 at 6.30 p.m.
Join us at 6:30 pm to read excerpts from Joy Harjo’s first memoir “Crazy Brave”. Register and participate in this special event for a chance to win a free book.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Presented in cooperation with the Friends of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library, Inc.

For all ages. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

Youth aloud: NEA Big Read
Saturday November 20 at 1:00 p.m.
Uptown Stage, University Mall, 2200 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612
Teens, make your voice heard in a poetry and performance writing workshop exploring nature, memories and lived experiences. You’ll get tips and feedback on how to produce original poems using tools like metaphor, personification, and creative writing prompts. Led by the Heard ‘Em Say Youth Arts collective.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Presented in cooperation with the Friends of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library, Inc. Ages 13-19. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

Poetry on demand: NEA Big Read
Monday 22 November at 6.30 p.m.
Poetry is an art that must be understood. Join the library staff as we recite some of our favorite verses. Please share your favorite poem in the entry questions and we can add it to our performance!

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Presented in cooperation with the Friends of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library, Inc.

For all ages. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

Book e-Club for children: NEA Big Read
Monday November 29 at 6.30 p.m.
This month, we’ll read and discuss “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story” by Kevin Noble Maillard, and other works that honor the themes of the NEA Big Read. Register and participate in this program for a chance to win a free book!

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Presented in cooperation with the Friends of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library, Inc. Ages 5-7. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.

Book e-Club: new and popular – NEA Big Read
Tuesday November 30 at 6.30 p.m.
Let’s come together and celebrate the best parts of the book! Our November title is: “An American Sunrise” by Joy Harjo. The first 25 to register for this special event will receive a free copy of the book! Copies of the library can be requested / borrowed in print, as a digital eBook in OverDrive / Libby, and as a streaming audiobook in Hoopla.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Presented in cooperation with the Friends of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library, Inc. For adults. Register via the calendar function on HCPLC.org.


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