Coleman Library. Shot by Rasheed Ajamu.

It’s March, and we’re only a couple of days away from the spring season. And what better way to start the new season with some activities and suggestions around books? Check out a variety of book engagements happening around Germantown this month and beyond. 

Take the Babies Out for Storytime

The Joseph E. Coleman Regional Library is hosting a series of Baby Storytime in the Park sessions for young children, which will happen at 10:30 AM in Vernon Park. Otherwise, they will occur inside the library. Check their Facebook page to see if they’ve moved inside. Storytime will begin at 11 AM if plans are moved indoors. 

Exchange Books with Neighbors

On the first day of spring, Tree House Books and OURchive will be facilitating a book swap for the community. They encourage everyone to bring up to five books and take as many as you would like. While swapping, you can enjoy some good music and conversation. The no-cost swap happens on March 20 at The People’s Lot (18 E. Church Lane) from 2 PM to 5 PM. Register for the event on the organizer’s Eventbrite page.

Join the Full Moon Book Club

American environmental design firm Sally Blagg will partner with Harriett’s Bookshop for a virtual book club. According to a press release, the club will explore urban indigenous life and postcolonial environmentalism. Germantown neighbor & Principal Curator of Sally Blagg, David Rose, will be one of many facilitators. This free virtual book club will begin on April 19th. 

To learn more about the club, the books they’ll be exploring, and to register, visit the Sally Blagg website.

Grab Some Beverage and Enjoy a New Book

After putting their sit-in amenity on a hiatus due to the pandemic, Uncle Bobbie’s has re-introduced their seating inside the cafè-bookshop. Grab your mask and bring some cash for a cup of coffee or tea while you look for a new read, whether it is a classic or a new release. Uncle Bobbie’s posts updates frequently on new releases and events on their Instagram page. Their next event will be a virtual conversation between the author and scholar Imani Perry and Me Too founder Tarana J. Burke. The two will discuss Perry’s newest book, “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation.” You can learn more about that event and register here. It happens on April 5 at 6:30 PM. 

See What the Coleman Library Has to Offer

The Coleman Library has been providing books to the neighborhood for generations. It has not only been a haven for books, but it has also offered helpful events and opportunities for neighbors of all ages and backgrounds such as career fairs or the Baby Storytime, as mentioned earlier. The library has reference services, computers, wifi internet access, printing services, and, of course, books to lend. Before you visit, call (215) 685-2151 in advance, as they are still operating under COVID-19 guidelines and services & hours are subject to change.