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...
Homeschooling Open HouseKid & Family Events 02/07/2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Check out the Library’s monthly Homeschooling open house and make friends with other families. Youth Services Librarian, Enola Romano, displays our collection of parenting books about homeschooling. Bring your favorite board game to share! For more information email Enola Romano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No registration required
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Creativity Café with the Creativity CaravanAdult Events 02/07/2019, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Darwin at 210: Evolution Stories and CraftKid & Family Events 02/07/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The pioneering naturalist Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809. Celebrate his 210th birthday with readings of Children’s books about the tree of life and his theory of evolution by natural selection. We’ll also watch a short animation that clearly illustrates his theory so that kids will come away with a grasp of the importance of his idea, followed by an easy make-and-take dinosaur art craft.
Registration required (registration begins Monday, January 28).
Ages 6 and up
Online registration is available for valid Montclair Public Library card holders. All others should call the Youth Services Department to be added to the waiting list.
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Money Talks: Financial Workshop with Q&AAdult Events 02/07/2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Main Library – Conference Room (1st Floor)
This interactive workshop explains options available with regards to educational savings and retirement savings. Learn to pave the road for the future by protecting what you work so hard to obtain!
About the presenters
Presented by Andrew Blackwell, MBA 20 years in the financial services sector. Reviewing where you are today, and where you would like to be in the future.
And Nelson Barrera, 34 years providing guidance and options on financial protection for individuals and their loved ones.Click here for more details...
Write Group: Free-for-AllLibrary Groups Events 02/07/2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Main Library – Tower Room (2nd Floor)
Free-for-All writing events on different writing topics every Thursday evening.Click here for more details...
Write Group: Novelist GroupsLibrary Groups Events 02/08/2019, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Main Library – Classroom (1st Floor)
Novelist Groups meets every Thursday and Friday. This is not a drop-in group.Click here for more details...
AACC Film Forum: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of GraceAdult Events 02/09/2019, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Main Library – Auditorium
The African-American Cultural Committee Film Forum is now in its 12th year! Enjoy a screening of Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace in the MPL Auditorium. No registration necessary.
Famous for his vibrant reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring African-American men, New York-based painter Kehinde Wiley has turned the practice of portraiture on its head and in the process has taken the art world by storm. Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace follows the artist as he steps out of his comfort zone to create a series of paintings of women for the first time. Kehinde casts his models on the streets of New York and then enlists Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gowns for each woman. The film traces the artist’s process from concept to canvas as he reveals to us another side of black femininity.
2014, 53 minutes.Click here for more details...
Write Group: Free WriteLibrary Groups Events 02/09/2019, 10:15 AM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Conference Room (1st Floor)
Free Write creative writing workshops – write to prompts every Saturday morning.Click here for more details...