‘Broken Heart Week’ will bring movie screenings, open mic nights, crafts and more to Queens libraries

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Queens Library will host 100 events across 50 of its locations as part of “Broken Heart Week,” where love will be celebrated and bemoaned in the midst of Valentine’s Day.

Starting on Feb. 12, the first event will take place at the Flushing branch. The Moth, a popular storytelling show, will encourage Queens residents to prepare and deliver a 5-minute story about anything related to love — dating, marriage, heartache, etc.

Roxanne Shanté, a legendary hip-hop artist who grew up in the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, will talk about love, loss and music and encourage others to share their heartbreak stories and rhymes. The event will take place at the Central branch, located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica at 6 p.m.

At the Glen Oaks branch, adults 50 and older will take part in a book-making project with artist Karen Fitzgerald. On Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m., participants will be given origami folded books to “to express and release a heart break, and by doing so, mend the hurt, and identify the light flooding through the crack the break caused.”

If you’re in the mood to dance, the Woodside branch at 54-22 Skillman Ave. will host “Balsoma: Balance Through Rhythm,” which is described as “a rhythmic approach to self-exploration through movement and music.” The event will take place on Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

In Jackson Heights, a mariachi band will accompany readings of Frida Kahlo’s passionate love letters to her partner Diego Rivera. “Frida Kahlo — A Broken/Feisty Heart” will take place on Feb. 15 at 3 p.m.

Open mic events, movie screenings, book discussions, crafts for kids and poetry readings will take place all across Queens until Feb. 18. Participants can even take part in a basket weaving event at the Ridgewood Branch on Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m.

For a full list of events and to register, visit the Queens Library website.

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