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Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 PM
Book Banning: Why YOU Should Care VIRTUAL EVENT 
Woodbury Public Library

Book Banning: Why YOU Should Care, an online workshop presented by Dr. Melissa-Sue John, will be presented virtually via the Woodbury Public Library on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 PM. Dr. John, a social psychologist, will offer insights about book banning, who it affects, and which populations it targets. She will share ideas on what we can do about it as students, parents, teachers, school principals, board of education members, librarians, and community members.

 Dr. Melissa-Sue John is a social psychologist, an assistant professor at the University of Saint Joseph, the owner of the children's book publishing company, Lauren Simone Publishing House, and co-author of seven children's books in the Olivia Lauren book series. Dr. John earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, City University of NY. Dr. John is passionate about teaching, scholarship, mentorship, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and advocacy. Dr. John primarily lectures Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Psychology of Women, and has conducted trainings as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion specialist. Dr. John has a plethora of scholarly publications and business awards. Dr. John was one of five recipients of WBDC’s CT Women Rising Award in 2023. She enjoys traveling the world and spending quality time with her husband, Matthew, two daughters, Olivia Lauren and Alyssa Simone, four sisters, five nieces, and five nephews. 

Please register for the Zoom link on the Library’s website or call 203-263-3502 for more information.


Feb 22, 2024 6-830 PM

For the Culture Black Business Exp

Dunkin Donuts Park

For the culture yard goats


Feb 25 1-5 PM

Letting Our Voices Be Heard

Mitchell College


Mitchell College invites you to attend “Letting OUR Voices Be Heard,” a celebration of Black heritage and culture, Sunday, February 25, 1:00–5:00pm in the Clarke Center at Mitchell College (snow date is Sunday, March 3).

Event admission is free, but registration is recommended. Check back soon for registration link.

The Black History Month event will feature dozens of Black performers and Black-owned businesses, including dancers, vocalists, instrumentalists, influential Black speakers, poets, natural hair specialists, visual artists, and others. DJ Tim Allen will infuse the event with the music of Black culture, and drawings for giveaways will take place throughout the day. Black-owned food trucks will be onsite with food for purchase.