VIDEO: BookUp students share what they love about BookUp

Sarah and Orchid are 8th graders from the I.S. 318 program in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sarah has been in BookUp for three years and Orchid for two years. They’re going to high school next year and took a couple minutes to look back on their experiences in BookUp during a field trip at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Precious is an 8th grader from the CAMBA Kids program in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, who has participated in BookUp for two years. She’s going to high school next year, but she’ll take all of the good stuff she learned in BookUp with her.

VIDEO: Come along on a BookUp Field Trip

These photographs were taken during a BookUp NYC field trip on February 28th, 2009, when Brooklyn BookUpNYC students from the CAMBA Renaissance Program in Crown Heights and Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg spent their Saturday touring the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and lunching at the world famous Smoke Joint in Fort Greene. The day ended with book shopping at Book Court in Cobble Hill. The Foundation is grateful to BPL, Smoke Joint and BookCourt for welcoming us!

Books for Boys, recommended by BookUp instructor Willie Perdomo

  • Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Begging for Change by Sharon G. Flake
  • Felita by Nicholasa Mohr
  • Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle
  • Confessions of a Blabbermouth by Mike and Louise Carey
  • Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat
  • The Whole Sky Full of Stars by René Saldaña, Jr.
  • The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci
  • Spellbound by Janet McDonald

BookUp NYC Visits Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

On Saturday, February 1, BookUp students from CAMBA at Andreis Hudde Jr. High in Brooklyn, I.S. 318 in Brooklyn, and University Settlement’s STRIDE Program in Manhattan visited the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in Harlem. Students enjoyed the Schomburg’s exhibitions on the history of Motown and “Funky Turns 40,” a celebration of positive black cartoon characters since the 1970s. The group paid tribute to Langston Hughes, whose birthday is February 1st, by reading a Hughes poem aloud around the cosmogram where the poet’s ashes are buried inside the Schomburg Center. The BookUp group then had lunch at Spoonbread, also in Harlem, and finished up the afternoon shopping for books at Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side.