Navigating by the Stars

From April 1st through June 30th, the Harriet Tubman – Journey to Freedom sculpture by Wesley Wofford will be on display in Renaissance Plaza in downtown White Plains. In conjunction with this historic visit by the sculpture, the Library and many other community partners organized events related to Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, and more. Find the full listing of the community-wide programs and events here.

Navigating by the Stars
Tuesday, May 17th, 6:00 p.m. (virtual)
Grades 4+, Teens, Adults

Have you ever wondered how ancient people told time? Or traveled from point A to point B without a smartphone or compass? How slaves made it over the Underground Railroad to freedom? How sailors used to travel to far away countries over the seven seas? Learn about Nathaniel Bowditch, the father of modern navigation and how he taught illiterate men to calculate from and follow the stars. Learn which constellations matter most in the northern and southern hemispheres. Participants will also be able to pick up a star map at the Library in the Trove (or download and print it here) and learn how to participate in orienteering and other activities in your own neighborhood.

Note: All of our youth-focused virtual programs require a registered Zoom account to attend. Sign up for a free Zoom account here:

Also, be sure to check out some recommended books, eBooks, films, and resources related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
This program is made possible with support from the White Plains Library Foundation.
Categories: Events and Library News.

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