Every Wednesday MatineeAdult Events 10/30/2019, 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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Play Go! (Board Game for All Ages)Adult Events 11/02/2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hearing ScreeningsAdult Events 11/02/2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Tower Room (2nd Floor)
A hearing screening is a quick test to see how well you hear different sounds. Open to adults and children 5 and older.
Provided by Lynn Moore, Audiologist.
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Open Book/ Open Mind: Daniel Okrent and Jonathan Alter- The Guarded GateAdult Events 11/03/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Daniel Okrent, a journalist at The New York Times, will discuss his book THE GUARDED GATE: Patricians, Eugenicists, and the Campaign to Keep Jews, Italians, and Other Immigrants Out of America with Montclair author, reporter, columnist, TV Analyst and lecturer Jonathan Alter.
About the book: by the widely celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Last Call—the powerful, definitive, and timely account of how the rise of eugenics helped America close the immigration door to “inferiors” in the 1920s.
A forgotten, dark chapter of American history with implications for the current day, The Guarded Gate tells the story of the scientists who argued that certain nationalities were inherently inferior, providing the intellectual justification for the harshest immigration law in American history. Brandished by the upper class Bostonians and New Yorkers—many of them progressives—who led the anti-immigration movement, the eugenic arguments helped keep hundreds of thousands of Jews, Italians, and other unwanted groups out of the US for more than 40 years.
Over five years in the writing, The Guarded Gate tells the complete story from its beginning in 1895, when Henry Cabot Lodge and other Boston Brahmins launched their anti-immigrant campaign. In 1921, Vice President Calvin Coolidge declared that “biological laws” had proven the inferiority of southern and eastern Europeans; the restrictive law was enacted three years later. In his characteristic style, both lively and authoritative, Okrent brings to life the rich cast of characters from this time, including Lodge’s closest friend, Theodore Roosevelt; Charles Darwin’s first cousin, Francis Galton, the idiosyncratic polymath who gave life to eugenics; the fabulously wealthy and profoundly bigoted Madison Grant, founder of the Bronx Zoo, and his best friend, H. Fairfield Osborn, director of the American Museum of Natural History; Margaret Sanger, who saw eugenics as a sensible adjunct to her birth control campaign; and Maxwell Perkins, the celebrated editor of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. A work of history relevant for today, The Guarded Gate is an important, insightful tale that painstakingly connects the American eugenicists to the rise of Nazism, and shows how their beliefs found fertile soil in the minds of citizens and leaders both here and abroad.
This event is free thanks to grants from our Series Sponsors, Investors Foundation and The Montclair Foundation. Please register below to reserve a seat. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of the authors’ books on hand for purchase and signing at the end of the event.Click here for more details...
Learn English at MPLAdult Events 11/04/2019, 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...
Senior Space WednesdaysAdult Events 11/06/2019, 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.
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Every Wednesday MatineeAdult Events 11/06/2019, 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 November 2019 we will be watching movies about Authors, Writers, and Writing in honor of National Novel Writing Month. The movies are as follows:
The Lost Weekend (November 6) – Starring: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard da Silva, Doris Dowling, Frank Faylen. Follows a writer through a particularly rough alcoholic binge that just might prove to be his last. (1945, 101 minutes, Black & White)
Misery (November 13) – Starring: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall. a psychotic fan who holds an author captive and forces him to write her stories. (1990, 107 minutes, Color)
The World According to Garp (November 20) – Starring: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow. Garp is a man whose life unfolds from cradle to grave in counterpoint to the dizzy, violent, cruel and casually destructive rhythms of our anxious age. (1982, 136 minutes, Color)
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Open Book/ Open Mind: B.A. Shapiro in Conversation with Caroline Leavitt at MAMAdult Events 11/07/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Montclair Art Museum
The Collector’s Apprentice
Award-winning New York Times bestseller author B. A. Shapiro will debut her latest and eighth novel The Collector’s Apprentice, another unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance. Her previous novels include The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless and Shattered Echoes, four screenplays (Blind Spot, The Lost Coven, Borderline and Shattered Echoes) and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze.
B. A. will be in conversation with New York Times best-selling fiction writer Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, as well as 8 other novels. Caroline is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Fiction, and a Goldenberg Fiction Prize.
Thanks to our community partner, Montclair Art Museum, this event will be held during their “Free First Thursday” programming. Registration to the evening is not required but please register below for this talk so we can provide updates or schedule changes via e-mail. (This event was rescheduled from 2018 so those prior event registrations have been saved.)
Thanks to our Series Sponsors, The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation, for their support. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of both authors’ book for sale and signing at the end of the event.Click here for more details...