Open Book/ Open Mind: Julia AlvarezAdult Events 04/11/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
In the Time of the Butterflies
Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. A novelist, poet, and essayist, she is the author of nineteen books, including How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies (a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Selection), Yo!, Something to Declare, In the Name of Salome, Saving the World, A Wedding in Haiti, and The Woman I Kept to Myself. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including the 2013 National Medal of Arts, a Latina Leader Award in Literature in 2007 from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the 2002 Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the 2000 Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library’s 1996 program “The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez.” A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm–literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.
Julia will talk about her writing career and many novels. A copy of the 25th anniversary paperback release of In the Time of the Butterflies will be included with the admittance ticket to the event. Watchung Booksellers will have some of Julia’s other novels on hand for purchase.
We will have a Book Club about the novel on April 3rd at 7PM in the MPL cafe area. Here is a brief summary of the novel:
It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship. It doesn’t have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas—“The Butterflies.”
In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters—Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé—speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression.Click here for more details...
Let’s Listen to JazzAdult Events 04/12/2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Join Seed Artists and our resident musical guru, Peter Bodge, in a monthly series of old-school listening sessions exploring the many facets of jazz. It’s simple: We’ll listen to some great music curated by Peter, talk about it over refreshments, and maybe make some new friends. It will be casual, conversational, and fun. And you’ll walk away with the curated playlist from the session, an extended list of recommendations for further listening, and a list of suggested reads.
Our Let’s Listen curator, Peter Bodge, is a walking jazz encyclopedia, a drummer, an arts educator of more than 40 years, and an accomplished visual artist. His jazz portraits hang in the Smithsonian Institution and in the collections of some of the world’s most famous jazz musicians. As an instructor at Cambridge College in Massachusetts, he teaches jazz history, critical thinking, and a course that teaches teachers how to bring creativity into their classrooms. His nickname: BeBop.Click here for more details...
Getting Unstuck: Bridging the Gap from Current Reality to Desired RealityAdult Events 04/13/2019, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Main Library – Classroom (1st Floor)
Have you lost sight of goals and aspirations? Has the wind left the sail? It’s time to get unstuck! This workshop will facilitate participants refocus on goal, aspiration, or objective, with specific target for achievement. Attendees are empowered to identify current thoughts, feelings, circumstances, and inspirational blockers to the desired reality. Identification of obstacles, along with motivation through resources will bridge the gap. Participants will experience an individualized step-by-step guided session, establishing simple and straightforward methods to overcome obstacles, activate positioning, and plan of implementation. Attendees will be equipped to conquer goal with strategy.
Space is limited and registration is required.
About the instructor:
Guinera Curry is a Certified Life Coach, specializing in breakthrough and transformation. She is a change catalyst and personal redevelopment engineer to teen girls and women. She is the founder and CEO of Enjoying Life Fully, an organization mission to empower and enrich the lives of teen girls and women through authentic mentoring, breakthrough life coaching, and transformative life mapping.
Cosmic Brotherhood in ConcertAdult Events 04/14/2019, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Enjoy a free concert at MPL by Cosmic Brotherhood! This Montclair-based group blends sitar with improvisational rock, psychedelia, and experimental music. Registration is recommended. All ages welcome.
More about the performers:
The sound is an original mix of Rock and Pop -both Psychedelic and Progressive, with a healthy dose of Indian Classical music.
Adam Laboz- Sitar/Guitar
Starting on the guitar at age 9, Adam adapted to the sitar 20 years ago. His unique style of playing developed from combining his fondness of Western Rock and Pop music with traditional Indian Classical. Adam has appeared on stages of all sizes; from intimate Yoga Kirtans to the concert-sized stage at Madison Square Garden (being one of the few sitarists to perform on that stage).
He is responsible for organizing Cosmic Brotherhood, as well as composing many of their original tunes.
Clive Smith- Bass / Effects
Clive is also a singer/songwriter (ASCAP writer and publisher member), composer/performer, arranger/producer, synthesist/programmer, multi-instrumentalist and sound designer. He received his M.A. in composition from New York University. As a studio musician he has worked with a variety of people including Herbie Hancock, Yoko Ono, Sly Stone, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Malcolm McLaren, Hall and Oates (receiving a platinum album for his work on their Big Bam Boom record), and Freddie Jackson (receiving a platinum album for Just Like The First Time). At present he continues to write instrumental background and theme music for TV and film for his publisher, DSM Producers who has, to date, released more than a dozen CDs containing some of Clive’s music.
Steve Meltzer – Electronics/Percussion
Steve studied music at Goddard College in Vermont, and the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock,NY. His past stints include gigs with ECM recording artists the Everyman Band, folk legend Artie Traum, film composer Carter Burwell, and the band Monkeyworks. Steve is also a member of the New Hope Collective.
Ian Smit – Guitar/Effects
With many years of playing, recording and writing experience with many New York area bands, he’s traveled down countless avenues in many directions too numerous to mention here. Maybe that’s the charm that inspires his contributions to Cosmic Brotherhood. The guy admittedly can’t make up his mind as to what type of music to play. His playing and composing touch on Jazz, Rock, Folk, African, Middle Eastern, Ambient and Trip-Hop, with a smidgen of Industrial.
Learn English at MPLAdult Events 04/15/2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Classroom (1st Floor)
Learn English at this multi-level class taught by certified instructor Catherine.
Aprende inglés en este clase de niveles múltiples enseñado por instructora titulada Catherine.Click here for more details...
Poker for BeginnersAdult Events 04/16/2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Main Library – Classroom (1st Floor)
Did you ever want to learn poker? Would you like to learn the basic rules of the game? Would you like to learn with a small group? Join Poker for Beginners! Taught by Rita Bettenbender.
Space is limited, registration is required.Click here for more details...
Just Walk! – Fitness ClassAdult Events 04/16/2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Class is free, and open to those aged 12+. Registration is required.
About the Instructor
Senior Space WednesdaysAdult Events 04/17/2019, 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...