Senior Space WednesdaysAdult Events 02/06/2019, 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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Questions? Call the library reference desk at 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.Click here for more details...
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...
Creativity Café with the Creativity CaravanAdult Events 02/07/2019, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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...
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...
Open Book/ Open Mind: The Meaning of MichelleAdult Events 02/10/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Benilde Little, Veronica Chambers, Ylonda Gault Caviness in Conversation
The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own
Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. What is remarkable is that, at 52, she is just getting started.
While many books have looked at Michelle Obama from a fashion perspective, no book has fully explored what she means to our culture. The Meaning of Michelle does just that, while offering a parting gift to a landmark moment in American history. In addition to a tribute to Michelle Obama, this book is also a rollicking, lively dinner party conversation about race, class, marriage, creativity, womanhood and what it means to be American today.
Contributors include: Ava DuVernay, Veronica Chambers, Benilde Little, Damon Young, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Brittney Cooper, Ylonda Gault Caviness, Chirlane McCray, Cathi Hanauer, Tiffany Dufu, Tanisha Ford, Marcus Samuelsson, Sarah Lewis, Karen Hill Anton, Rebecca Carroll, Phillipa Soo, and Roxane Gay
Our panel will have Montclair-based contributors Benilde Little and Ylonda Gault Caviness in conversation with writer/editor Veronica Chambers. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of their books for purchase and signing at the end of the event.
This event is free thanks to grants from our Series sponsors, Investors Foundation and The Montclair Foundation. Please register below to ensure a seat.Click here for more details...
Learn English at MPLAdult Events 02/11/2019, 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...