Just Walk! – Fitness ClassAdult Events 04/09/2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Class is free, and open to those aged 12+. Registration is required.
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Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the 1893 World’s Columbian ExpositionAdult Events 04/09/2019, 6:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
The nineteenth century was a time of technological revolution and tumultuous social change, with the United States vying for international prominence in cultural and political affairs. World’s fairs provided a flamboyant and influential showcase for art, architecture, technology, and culture on an unprecedented scale . The World’s Columbian Exposition, better known then as now as “The White City,” took place in Chicago in 1893 and was a marvel of planning, engineering, innovation, technology, and entertainment. Twenty-seven million people flocked from all over the country to gape, to learn, to be entertained, and to ride the world’s first Ferris wheel. The presentation will tour a history of world’s fairs, making its longest stop in Chicago, 1893, and meeting Daniel Burnham, Frederick Law Olmsted, the firm of McKim, Mead & White, and a belly dancer named “Little Egypt,” among many others.
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Senior Space WednesdaysAdult Events 04/10/2019, 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 Movie MatineeAdult Events 04/10/2019, 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 April 2019, we celebrate Shirley Temple. The movies are as follows:
April 3: Bright eyes — Starring: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell.
An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody. (1934, 85 minutes, black & white).
April 10: Curly top – Starring: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Rochelle Hudson.
Wealthy Edward Morgan becomes charmed with a curly-haired orphan and her pretty older sister Mary and arranges to adopt both under the alias of “Mr. Jones.” As he spends more time with them, he soon finds himself falling in love with Mary. (1935, 75 minutes, black & white).
April 17: The little colonel — Starring: Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore, Evelyn Venable.
After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years pass and Elizabeth returns to her home town with her husband and young daughter. The little girl charms her grandfather and tries to patch things up between him and her mother. (1935, 81 minutes, black & white).
April 24: Little Miss Broadway – Starring: Shirley Temple, George Murphy, Jimmy Durante.
An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel’s owner doesn’t like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.
(1938, 72 minutes, black & white).
Page Turn-Her Book GroupAdult Events 04/10/2019, 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...
Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City – Documentary ScreeningAdult Events 04/11/2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Few individuals have had more impact on the American city than architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. In the midst of late nineteenth century urban disorder, Burnham offered a powerful vision of what a civilized American city could look like that provided a compelling framework for Americans to make sense of the world around them. He built some of the first skyscrapers in the world, directed construction of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition that inspired the City Beautiful Movement, and created urban plans for San Francisco, Washington, DC, Chicago, Cleveland and Manila all before the profession of urban planning existed. In fact, some say that he invented it. His work sought to reconcile things often thought opposite: the practical and the ideal, business and art, and capitalism and democracy. At the center of it all was the idea of a vibrant urban community
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Creativity Café with the Creativity CaravanAdult Events 04/11/2019, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open Book/ Open Mind: Julia AlvarezAdult Events 04/11/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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 an Open 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...