Open Book/ Open Mind: Dr. Imani Perry, “Breathe: A Letter to My Sons”Adult Events 02/09/2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
A professor of African-American studies at Princeton, Perry is a prolific writer whose work, including her recent award-winning biography of the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, contributes to a fuller understanding of black history and culture. But in “BREATHE,” the scholar forsakes the safe harbor of academic objectivity for the wilds of personal vulnerability. She explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our children in a persistently unjust world.
Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life—and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition.
Perry draws upon the ideas of figures such as James Baldwin, W. E. B. DuBois, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ida B. Wells. She shares vulnerabilities and insight from her own life and from encounters in places as varied as the West Side of Chicago; Birmingham, Alabama; and New England prep schools. Breathe offers a broader meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived and is also an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience.
Watchung Booksellers will have copies of the book for purchase and signing at the event.
Please register below to ensure a seat. This event is free thanks to grants from our Series Sponsors, Investors Foundation and The Montclair Foundation, and support from our in-kind Sponsor, Central Presbyterian Church Montclair.Click here for more details...
Learn English at MPLAdult Events 02/10/2020, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Classroom (1st Floor)
Learn English at this multi-level class taught by a certified instructor, Mondays at 11 a.m. | Aprende inglés en este clase de niveles múltiples enseñado por una instructora titulada., los lunes a las 11 a.m.
February/febrero, 3, 10. 17. 24
March/marzo 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April/abril 6, 13, 20
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Cuba: It’s Legal, Safe and Not Expensive!Adult Events 02/10/2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Main Library – Conference Room (1st Floor)
*Required required. For more information on this Adult School Department program, please click here.
Curious about Cuba? Join Melanie Tucker, owner of Rare Finds Travel, to hear how YOU can still travel to Cuba. She’ll show you how it’s Legal. Delicious. Entrepreneurial. Safe. And not necessarily expensive. She’ll share stories from her 5 trips to the island (including a cross-country roadtrip to Santiago), and share her “rare” Cuba “finds”Click here for more details...
Just Walk! – Indoor Cardiovascular ClassAdult Events 02/11/2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Come join the fun with this moderate to vigorous fitness class! By learning, then utilizing optimal posture, core, balance, simple functional movements and basic exercises, you’ll be moving and grooving your way towards a healthier you!
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Dancing for BalanchineAdult Events 02/11/2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
*Registration required for this free class. For more information on this Adult School Department program, please click here.
George Balanchine once said, “ballet is woman.” As one might surmise from this statement, his choreography glorified women, and he was a father figure to many of them and husband to a few. Bettijane Sills was a soloist with the New York City Ballet in the late 1960s and early 1970s, during Balanchine’s heyday as a choreographer. Through her first hand accounts, this lecture will frame and contextualize Balanchine’s life and career in terms of his genius but also his patriarchal relationship to the female members of his company. Prof. Elizabeth McPherson, who co-wrote a book titled Balanchine, Broadway, and Beyond: A Memoir with Sills, will lead the discussion. This lecture is offered in partnership with Montclair State University.Click here for more details...
Senior Space WednesdaysAdult Events 02/12/2020, 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 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Questions? Call the library reference desk at 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.Click here for more details...
Every Wednesday MatineeAdult Events 02/12/2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Every Wednesday Matinee – Auditorium
On Wednesdays at 2 pm, Montclair Public Library hosts The Every Wednesday Matinee, a film series presented in its auditorium. In February 2020 we will be celebrating Black History Month by watching the following movies:
The Learning Tree (February 5) – Starring: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans, Dana Elcar, Mira Waters, Joel Fluellen, Malcolm Atterbury, Richard Ward, Russell Thorson, Peggy Rea. written and directed by Gordon Parks, a celebrated photographer. It depicts the life of Newt Winger, a teenager growing up in Cherokee Flats, Kansas, in the 1920s, and chronicles his journey into manhood that is marked by tragic events. The Learning Tree is based on Parks’ semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, which was published in 1963. (1969, 107 minutes, Color)
No Movie February 12 due to Staff In-Service Day
Sounder (February 19) – Starring: Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks, James Best, Carmen Matthews, Taj Mahal. Sounder is the story of a Black sharecropper family in Louisiana during the Depression. When the father is imprisoned for stealing food for his children, his wife and eldest son strive to provide love, security and strength to the family. (1972, 105 minutes, Color)
Glory (February 26) – Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman. Tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (the Union Army’s second African-American regiment in the American Civil War) and their heroic actions at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner. (1989, 12 minutes, Color)Click here for more details...
Fourth Annual African American Read-InAdult Events 02/13/2020, 6:00 PM - 7:00 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.
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...