Harlem Dances – Uptown Dance Academy

Friday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m.

Riverside Park and West Harlem Piers Park


Come see the Uptown Dance Academy demonstrate their skills and maybe learn a move or two.

West Harlem Piers Park – Enter at 125th St.
Riverside Park & West Harlem Piers Park

Belly Dancing with Naja

Saturday, July 21st at 2:00 p.m.

George Bruce Branch
The New York Public Library
518 West 125th Street
at Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027


Naja is an Egyptian -style belly dance performer and instructor who brings the spirit of the Middle East to New York City and beyond through the beautiful art of belly dance. Her performances focus not only on the joy, entertainment, and excitement of dance, but also on presenting Middle Eastern dance in a positive, culturally informed light. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Village Voice, NY1 TV and the lifestyle blog Woman Around Town, and can be seen performing at various venues in New York City including Webster Hall.

10th Annual Harlem Book Fair Festival

Saturday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801


The 10th Annual Harlem Book Fair, presented by Quarterly Black Review, will feature panels in the Langston Hughes Auditorium, book readings in the courtyard, and vendors on 135th Street.

Don’t miss the teen book talk with author Ellis Cose as part of the Schomburg Center’s The End of Anger Summer Reading Series.

The Book Fair is held on Saturday, July 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on West 135th Street between Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox Avenue) and Fredrick Douglas Blvd. (8th Avenue), rain or shine.

“Literacy Across Harlem” March, Book Donation and Celebration

Saturday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m.

Quick Question:

Have you decided which of your favorite books you plan to show off as you march across 135th Street, and which you’ll add to the mountains of donated books that you and your fellow Harlemites will ultimately stack on the Harlem Book Fair’s main stage, next to the Schomburg?

If you love to read, these may be among the toughest decisions you’ll ever make! And you have just one week to make them:

The “Literacy Across Harlem” March, Book Donation & Community Celebration kicks off next Saturday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m.!

Stay on top of the latest “Literacy Across Harlem” news and important details, including the three pre-march meeting locations, by “liking” Total Equity Now on Facebook and/or following Total Equity Now on Twitter.

On Saturday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m., the Harlem Book Fair and Total Equity Now will walk, books in hand, with residents of East, Central, and West Harlem for the first annual “Literacy Across Harlem” march, book donation/swap, and community-wide celebration of reading, writing, and the exchange of powerful ideas!

“Literacy Across Harlem” kicks off with community members rallying in three locations across 135th Street, ultimately converging at the Harlem Book Fair main stage for a book donation/swap and community-wide celebration and renewal of Harlem’s legacy as world-renowned center of literacy.

The goal is to draw hundreds of Harlemites–children, elders, and everyone in between–to 135th Street to celebrate our collective heritage as readers, writers, thinkers, and doers, and to stack hundreds of new and gently-used donated books on the Harlem Book Fair main stage. The books will be distributed to learners in the Harlem YMCA’s Literacy Zone program and to other literacy programs throughout our community.

The “Literacy Across Harlem” march will serve as the start to a full day of literacy programming on West 135th Street and in the Countee Cullen Library presented by the Harlem Book Fair’s Young Readers Pavilion. Both children and adults will be able to sign up for, or renew, a library card at the Countee Cullen library, and literacy service providers will be on hand to share information about their ongoing and upcoming programs. Book give-aways will be held throughout the day.

The Church of Saint Catherine of Genoa Street Festival

Saturday, July 21st at 10:00 a.m.

Between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway
New York, NY 10031

Something for everyone!

  • Entertainment for children and adults ( includes singers, dancers and musicians)
  • Performance by children and adults
  • Hula Hoop and Dance Contests
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Rides for Children
  • Multinational Food
  • Raffles, Ist prize is $1,000.00 cash; 2nd prize is a flat-screen television; 3rd prize is a gym membership
  • Vendors

Please join in for a day of fun and establishing new relationships.

Alexander Hamilton National Memorial “The Grange” Children’s Reading and Activities Program

Saturday, July 21st at 10:00 a.m.

Alexander Hamilton Grange National Memorial
414 West 141st Street
Between Convent and St Nicholas Avenues
New York, NY 10031

Join fellow community residents at the Alexander Hamilton National Memorial’s Visitor Center on Saturdays at 10:00 am for a weekly children’s reading and activities program.

Rangers and volunteers will read during the first part of the program, and a hands-on activity will follow each reading.

The program is open to all ages but it is geared towards children 7 – 12 years old.

Please note that guardians must be with their children at all times.

More information can be obtained by calling the Center at 646.548.2310.

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