Play Go! (Board Game for All Ages)Adult Events 02/02/2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Third Annual African American Read-InAdult Events 02/02/2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
We invite everyone to celebrate African American authors by participating in an African American Read-In! Choose your favorite passage from a book, poem, or speech by an African American and sign up for a two-minute time slot to read your chosen piece aloud. Join us as we come together to read, hear, and shine a spotlight on African American literature.
Please email email@example.com to sign up and submit your reading.
To attend without reading a passage, please register below or call 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.
About the African American Read-In:
Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the International Literacy Association, the goal of the African American Read-In is to document readers making the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.Click here for more details...
Learn English at MPLAdult Events 02/04/2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Classroom (1st Floor)
Learn English at this FREE multi-level class taught by certified instructor Catherine.
Aprende inglés en este clase GRATIS de niveles múltiples enseñado por instructora titulada Catherine.Click here for more details...
Sit & StitchAdult Events 02/04/2019, 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Come one, come all, and stitch the evening away! Bring your knit, crochet, or other fiber arts and crafts projects and work on them in the library café. All ages welcome.
Please note that formal instruction will not be provided. Registration is not required, but feel free to RSVP to our Facebook event for updates and reminders.
Sit & Stitch does not meet on days that the library is closed or closes early.Click here for more details...
Just Walk! – Fitness ClassAdult Events 02/05/2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
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Senior Space WednesdaysAdult Events 02/06/2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Main Library – Senior Space (1st Floor)
The United Methodist Communities at PineRidge of Montclair, in collaboration with MPL and AngelaCARES, hosts a resource center for seniors in the library’s Senior Space. PineRidge of Montclair and AngelaCARES equip the space with resources and programs aimed at enriching the lives of local seniors. Senior Space programming takes place every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.
Click here for the current monthly schedule.
Questions? Call the library reference desk at 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.Click here for more details...
Every Wednesday Movie MatineeAdult Events 02/06/2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
On Wednesdays at 2 pm, Montclair Public Library hosts The Every Wednesday Matinee, a film series presented in its auditorium. In February 2019, we celebrate Black History month. The movies are as follows:
February 6: 12 years a slave — Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender. In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (2013, 134 minutes, color).
February 13: For colored girls – Starring: Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg.
Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.
(2010, 133 minutes, color).
February 20: The color purple — Starring: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey.
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades. (1985, 154 minutes, color).
February 27: Selma – Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth.
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. (2014, 128 minutes, color).
Open Book/ Open Mind: Chris Wilson in Conversation with Charles Rosen -The Master PlanAdult Events 02/06/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Montclair’s own Charles Rosen, founder of New Ark Farms, will be in conversation with Chris Wilson, author of THE MASTER PLAN: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose.
Offering a fresh perspective on our criminal justice system, on crucial issues of mass incarceration, and
the importance of second chances for returning citizens, Chris Wilson’s THE MASTER PLAN: My
Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose is the perfect memoir for these current times.
Growing up in Washington, DC, Chris Wilson was surrounded by violence and despair. Watching his
family shattered by trauma, his neighborhood beset by drugs, his friends dying one by one, he feared for his life—and took to carrying a gun. One night when he was seventeen, Chris was cornered by two men. He shot at one of them, killing him. A year later, at eighteen, he was sentenced to life in prison, with no hope of parole.
But his life wasn’t over. Behind bars, Chris embarked on a remarkable journey of self-
improvement—reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. At the age of twenty, he wrote a list of things he intended to accomplish or acquire; he called it his Master Plan. He revised it regularly and followed it religiously. And, by his thirties, Chris Wilson did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence. He came out, six years later, determined to teach others the selflessness, work ethic, and professional skills that led to his second chance.
Chris is now a speaker (regularly presenting to churches, conferences and community centers several times a month), advocate, and social entrepreneur dedicated to employing citizens returning from prison. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, a multi-service social enterprise specializing in residential and commercial contracting work. Barclay works closely with local workforce and social service providers to connect unemployed Baltimore City residents with clients who are in need of services.
Charles Rosen and Chris will discuss his journey and their shared experiences of providing employment to previously incarcerated people. Charles started New Ark Farms with the goal of re-establishing the maker economy in Newark and offering employment opportunities to an underserved community. For more information, please visit New Ark Farms.com.
Watchung Booksellers will have copies of The Master Plan for purchase and signing at the end of the event. This event is free to the public, thanks to grants from our Series sponsors, The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation. Please register below to guarantee a seat at the event.Click here for more details...