Building Bridges

Broaden your worldview with stories that confront bias and explore other cultures. Focus on a new theme each month as we start conversations about our diverse world. We'll learn strategies to start and extend conversations about our diverse world, even with younger children.

Building Bridges programs for Children

Upcoming Programs

Building Bridges for Kids: Bodily Autonomy - via Zoom

Wed / Nov. 17 / 6:30 p.m.
It's important for everyone to talk about race, but that conversation can feel intimidating. Join us in a non-judgmental space to explore stories, talk, and practice empathy together. For Families. Register
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Building Bridges for Kids: Friendship Problems
Wed / Dec. 15 / 6:30 p.m.
This month we'll discuss Friendship and problems that might arise between friends. We'll share books where friends have conflict. We'll discuss ways to resolve conflict and deal with issues that your child may face among their classmates. Register

Building Bridges programs for Adults

Building Bridges: Women in Jazz - via Zoom 
Tue / Nov. 16 / 6 p.m.
Women have been involved in jazz since the early 1920s, not just as vocalists, but as instrumentalists, composers & arrangers. Master flutist and lecturer, Galen Abdur-Razzaq, will perform and educate. Register 

Building Bridges: Book/Movie Discussion -- "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
Wed / Dec. 8 / 6:30 p.m.
The book/movie are about how an immortal cell line was generated from cervical cancer cells taken from Henrietta Lacks in 1951. We will discuss the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over who owns and controls genetic material. Register

Building Bridges: Movie Discussion -- "Carry Me Home"
Thu / Jan. 13 / 6-7 p.m.
Join us for a discussion of the film "Carry Me Home." The documentary looks at how death and funerals are experienced in the African American community.  For this discussion, you will need to watch the movie before the discussion. You can watch it on Kanopy here.  Register

Past Programs

Sat / Oct. 17
Building Bridges for Kids: Politics
How can kids understand that politics is just how people figure out what is best for the group? This program discusses different forms of government and how decisions are made. 
Activities to complete at home    Program handout with resources  

Mon / Nov. 9 / 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Building Bridges for Kids: Immigration: via Zoom
We will spend some time using children’s books to discuss why some people immigrate, and why immigration has made our country the wonderful, innovative place we know. A Zoom link will be sent to you before the program. Please include an e-mail address with registration. Registration Required. For Families.

Program handout with resources

Wed / Dec. 9 / 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Building Bridges for Kids: Poverty: via Zoom
Come to a storytime where we learn about ways poverty can affect friends, community, and families. Learn how to discuss poverty in an age-appropriate way with your children. Discuss ways children can help our community. For Families.
Program handout with resources

Mon / Feb. 22 / 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Building Bridges for Kids: Grief - via Zoom
We will spend time using children's books to explore the concept of grief. Why it happens, why it's important, and how to embrace the fact that loving something or someone makes grief inevitable. For Families. 
Activities to complete at home Program handout with resources

Wed / Mar. 24 / 6 p.m.
Building Bridges for Kids: Anxiety - via Zoom
We'll discuss anxiety and how to approach the problem using children's books. Join us for friendly conversation in a welcoming space to practice empathy and understanding. For Families. 
Program handout with resources

Wed / Apr. 14 / 6:30 p.m.
Building Bridges for Kids: Upsetting News Stories - via Zoom
Using children's books we will help kids learn how to deal with upsetting news stories. For Families. 
Program handout with resources

Wed / May 19 / 6:30 p.m.
Building Bridges for Kids: LGTBQ+
What might you say if a loved one came out to you? Join us in a welcoming space to practice empathy and understanding. We'll share books and activities to celebrate diversity and explore LGBTQ+ stories. For Families.
Program handout with resources

Wed / Jun. 16 / 6:00 p.m.
Building Bridges for Kids: Abilities
Join JCPL in welcoming a special guest speaker, Stephanie Garner, Program Coordinator at Down Syndrome Indiana. For Families.
Program handout with resources

Wed / Jul 28 / 6:30 p.m.
Building Bridges for Kids: Anxiety - via Zoom
We'll discuss anxiety and how to approach the problem using children's books. Join us for friendly conversation in a welcoming space to practice empathy and understanding. For Families. 

Wed / Aug. 11 / 6:30 p.m.
Building Bridges for Kids: New Sibling - via Zoom
We'll discuss dealing with a new sibling using children's books. Join us for friendly conversation in a welcoming space to practice empathy and understanding. For Families.
Program handout with resources

Wed / Sep. 29 / 6:30 p.m.
Building Bridges for Kids: Race - via Zoom
It's important for everyone to talk about race, but that conversation can feel intimidating. Join us in a non-judgmental space to explore stories, talk, and practice empathy together. For Families.
Program handout with resources

Tue / Sep. 28 / 11 a.m.
Building Bridges: Interviewing for Jobs with a Criminal Record
Interviews can be stressful, especially if you have a felony on your record. Come to this workshop to learn how to talk to potential employers honestly about your past while highlighting your skills.