Do Something: Read to a Dog

Therapy pooches help kids read at the Free Library, talking about living in a Trump world and more ways to be an incredible citizen this week

Do Something: Read to a Dog

Therapy pooches help kids read at the Free Library, talking about living in a Trump world and more ways to be an incredible citizen this week

Every Monday we round up a handful of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here.

Read to a Dog

Have a youngster learning to read? Let a pooch help out. Free Library branches throughout the city host unique reading lessons for children aged 6 to 12—a chance to read to therapy dogs provided by the PAWS for People. Not judgy—or particular—the dogs sit quietly and attentively while children practice their reading-aloud skills. Because practice, even when it comes to reading, makes perfect (or at least confident). This week, find Cooper at the David Cohen Ogontz branch; next Monday, Bella the french bulldog will take a turn at the Whitman Branch. Monday December 12, 6:30 p.m., David Cohen Ogontz, 6017 Ogontz Avenue. 

Teaching in the Time of Trump (take 2)

Photo: Mastery Charter-Shoemaker

Around 100 teachers came out for the Caucus of Working Educators’ first workshop on how to teach their (mostly underserved) students in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s election. It was so successful, the Caucus is holding another session of Educating in the Time of Trump, also at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, this Wednesday. The conversation around issues of race, gender, politics and education is a chance for teachers to exchange ideas for how to communicate with concerned students, and how to mobilize students and teachers to protect each other and their schools. Nearly 50 people have already signed up. Join them if you’re on the front lines—that, is if you’re a teacher. Wednesday, December 14, 5:30 p.m., free, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, 1231 North Broad Street, 5th floor.

Join a kitchen table chat

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Inspired by what women can do when they gather together, the folks at Fairmount’s Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen are hosting a “Kitchen Series” to discuss and understand the issues of the day. This week, they’re holding a post-election conversation about equality and anxiety, with two experts on hand to explore concerns around a Trump presidency: Christina Jackson, PhD, a sociologist who conducts research on inequality, race, cities and the politics of redevelopment and gentrification; and Amelia Carter, Penn’s assistant director for the South Asia Center, and an organizer of music and art shows targeted at queer people of color. Wine, appetizers and—of course—dessert will be served. RSVP here. Wednesday, December, 14, 6-8 p.m., $20, 547 N. 20th Street.

Tour the lights

Sure, you could stroll down to South Philly, to take in “The Miracle on South 13th Street,” considered one of Pennyslvania’s most spectacular Christmas displays. But why walk, when you can ride? The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is hosting its annual Holiday Lights Ride on Thursday, with small led tours of South Philly’s most decorated blocks, starting outside Performance Bikes on Columbus Boulevard. The festivities end with an after party at the Garage on East Passyunk Avenue. The event is free, but is also a fundraiser and membership drive for BCGP. If you go, don’t forget to trick out your ride—there will be prizes for the “jolliest bike.” RSVP here. Thursday, December 15, rides leave every 10 minutes from 5:15 pm to 6 p.m., free; $5 donation includes a raffle ticket to win a new Momentum Giant bike; $35 gets you a BCGP membership and five raffle tickets; 1300 South Columbus Boulevard.

Header photo courtesy of Franklin Park Library Flickr

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