Page Turn-Her Book GroupAdult Events 10/09/2019, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Main Library – Conference Room (1st Floor)
The group was started by Ronald Murphy and Harold Bell in the early 1990s. Titles, selected by members and the group’s facilitator, focus primarily on African American subjects or by African American authors, as well as recommended and popular titles. This group meets on the second Wednesday of each month. The group is currently at capacity. To join the waiting list, contact Adrienne Harden at 973-744-0500 ext. 2241. This group is best suited for ages 55 and up.Click here for more details...
Dental HealthAdult Events 10/10/2019, 1:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body.
It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Join Hackensack Meridian Health’s Department of Dentistry professionals to learn more at this program!
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Learn English at MPLAdult Events 10/14/2019, 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...
Best Years Book ClubAdult Events 10/15/2019, 2:00 PM Main Library – Isabel Rose Café
Join us for a discussion of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert.
“This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place—and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.”–publisher
All adults are welcome!Click here for more details...
Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and ReconciliationAdult Events 10/15/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Race remains a potent and divisive force in our society. Whether it is the shooting of minority people by the police, the mass incarceration of people of color, or the recent KKK rallies that have been in the news, it is clear that the scars from the United States’ histories of slavery and racial discrimination run too deep to simply be ignored. But what are the most productive ways to deal with the toxic and torturous legacies of American racism?
The book Slavery’s Descendants brings together contributors who are members of a national racial reconciliation organization called Coming to the Table, to tell their stories of dealing with America’s racial past through their experiences and their family histories. Some are descendants of slaveholders, some are descendants of the enslaved, and many are descendants of both slaveholders and the enslaved. What they all have in common is a commitment toward collective introspection, and a willingness to think critically about how the nation’s histories of oppression continue to ripple into the present, affecting us all.
About the presenters:
Dionne Ford is author of the memoir Finding Josephine, forthcoming from Putnam. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, LitHub, More, Rumpus and Ebony among other publications and won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. A 2018 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, she lives in New Jersey with her family.
Jill Strauss, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY where she teaches conflict resolution and communications. Her research involves the arts and restorative practices, analysis of narratives of difficult or contested histories, memory, and reconciliation. Her doctorate is from Ulster University in Northern Ireland where she lived while doing her research and fieldwork and she is a Fulbright Scholar.
This program is part of the 400 Years of Inequality series and is co-sponsored by the Undoing Racism Committee of the The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair.
Senior Space WednesdaysAdult Events 10/16/2019, 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.
Subscribe to the Senior Space email list to receive the weekly schedule.
Questions? Call the library reference desk at 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.Click here for more details...
Every Wednesday MatineeAdult Events 10/16/2019, 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 October 2019 we will be watching Hispanic Heritage movies. The movies are as follows:
La Bamba (October 2) – Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosana De Soto, Elizabeth Peña.The biographical story of Ritchie Valens and his rise from field laborer to a famous rock and roll singer who died tragically at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. (1986, 108 minutes, Color).
Stand & Deliver (October 9) – Starring: Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosana De Soto, Andy Garcia. A math teacher at East Los Angeles’ Garfield High School, who refuses to write off his inner-city students as losers, pushes and inspires 18 students who were struggling with math to become math whizzes. (1998, 103 minutes, Color).
Like Water for Chocolate (October 16) Starring: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torne. Tita can never marry because of her mother’s upholding of the family tradition: instead must take care of her mother until she dies. Tita is only able to express herself when she cooks. (1994, 105 minutes, Color).
Selena (October 23) Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos. About the life and career of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a recording artist well known in the Latino communities in the United States and Mexico before she was murdered by the president of her fan club. (1997, 127 Minutes, Color).
Cesar Chavez (October 30) Starring: America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Michael Pena. The story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. (2014, 102 minutes, Color).
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Let’s Listen to JazzAdult Events 10/18/2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Main Library – Conference Room (1st Floor)
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...