Doubling Down on Double Dutch – What a way to fly!

The Greenville Branch Library, along with the Cunningham, Five Corners and Miller branches, gave an incredible opportunity to willing participants of the 2016 Summer Reading Program (SRP) to find out what it’s like to fly – by doing Double Dutch.

The Jersey City H.O.N.E.Y. Bees came flying in to the side area of the Greenville Branch on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, and captured the imagination of library employees and SRP-ers alike, when demonstrating their outstanding Double Dutch jump rope skills.

H.O.N.E.Y. (Helping Others Now by Empowering Yourself) is a mentorship organization established in Jersey City that uses the sport of Double Dutch to positively influence at-risk youth ages 5 – 17 to develop confidence and life skills to deal with the day-to-day stress of urban living. They have reintroduced the traditional urban sport of Double Dutch to city youth to encourage fitness, teamwork and conflict resolution.

These 80 photographs are a representation of what it’s like to move at double-time (and there were so many more!). When viewing the photos, the H.O.N.E.Y. Bees are wearing yellow t-shirts, where you’ll see such jump roping skill. But most of all… Look at the facial expressions of the jumpers, whether or not they are Jersey City H.O.N.E.Y. Bees. You’ll see ecstatic joy in flying through fast-twisting two strands of rope…and immense satisfaction for having done so!

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