Open Book/ Open Mind: The Power of a Black SuperheroAdult Events 04/29/2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Open Book Club – Cheaper By The DozenAdult Events 04/30/2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Main Library – Isabel Rose Café
Our May meeting will happen just a few hours shy of May! MPL is celebrating Cheaper By The Dozen, a popular book written in 1948 by Montclair residents Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey with events in April-May. Our Open Book Club will discuss this American family’s life and the cultural similarities and differences from the fictional Latino families we have been reading this year. We have free copies of the book to give to Club members. Please register below and pick up the book at the 3rd floor administration office.
Immediately before our meeting starts, there will be a lecture in the auditorium on the Gilbreth family by Mike Farrelly from 6-7PM.
Please register below and join MPL at the other events to celebrate this piece of Montclair history.Click here for more details...
Open Book/ Open Mind: Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War IIAdult Events 05/29/2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
CODE GIRLS: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
Ms. Mundy’s book will be available for purchase from Watchung Booksellers and she will sign books at the end of the event. This event is free thanks in part to grants from The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation. Registration below is strongly encouraged to reserve a seat. Standby tickets will be available at 6:50 PM in the cafe area but no waitlist will be created for this event.Click here for more details...
Open Book/ Open Mind: Futureface – Alex WagnerAdult Events 09/14/2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging
Alex Wagner is co-host of Showtime’s The Circus and a contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic. She was formerly the host of MSNBC’s Emmy-nominated Now with Alex Wagner. Now the acclaimed journalist travels the globe to solve the mystery of her ancestry, confronting the question at the heart of the American experience of immigration, race, and identity: Who are my people?
Alex Wagner has always been fascinated by stories of exile and migration. Her father’s ancestors immigrated to the United States from Ireland and Luxembourg. Her mother fled Rangoon in the 1960s, escaping Burma’s military dictatorship. In her professional life, Wagner reported from the Arizona-Mexico border, where agents, drones, cameras, and military hardware guarded the line between two nations. She listened to debates about whether the United States should be a melting pot or a salad bowl. She knew that moving from one land to another—and the accompanying recombination of individual and tribal identities—was the story of America. And she was happy that her own mixed-race ancestry and late twentieth-century education had taught her that identity is mutable and meaningless, a thing we make rather than a thing we are.
When the possibility of an exciting new twist in her already complex family history was mentioned, Wagner was suddenly awakened to her own deep hunger to be something, to belong, to have an identity that mattered, a tribe of her own. Intoxicated by the possibility, she became determined to investigate her genealogy. The journey takes Wagner across oceans and she begins to grapple with a deeper question: Does it matter? Is our enduring obsession with blood and land, race and identity, worth all the trouble it’s caused us? The answers can be found in this deeply personal account of her search for belonging, a meditation on the things that define us as insiders and outsiders and make us think in terms of “us” and “them.” In this time of conflict over who we are as a country, when so much emphasis is placed on ethnic, religious, and national divisions, Futureface constructs a narrative where we all belong.
Alex will be in conversation with a TBA partner at the event. The event is free thanks to our Series sponsors The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation, but registration below is strongly suggested to ensure a seat. There will be no waiting list if the reserved seats are taken but unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50 PM in the cafe area. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of Alex’s book available for purchase and signing at the end of the event.Click here for more details...