Game On: Wii & Board GamesKid & Family Events 11/09/2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Main Library – Youth Services Dept. (3rd Floor)
International Games Week Edition!
Are ‘wii board’ yet? Enjoy fun games that offer a little bit of friendly competition. We will provide various Wii games (including but not limited to) Wii Sports Resort, Just Dance, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl. In addition, we will also offer various board games such as Don’t Wake Daddy, Creationary, LIFE, Clue, Connect 4, Operation, Twister, Mancala, Chess, and Backgammon to those who prefer to play traditional board games. GAME ON!
No registration required
All ages welcome
Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
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Open Book/ Open Mind: Chip McGrath in Conversation with Dwight Garner and Joan AcocellaAdult Events 11/11/2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Charles “Chip” McGrath is the esteemed former editor of The New York Times Book Review section and a contributor to The New Yorker. He will moderate a discussion about book reviews with fellow notable reviewers, Dwight Garner of The New York Times, and Joan Acocella of The New Yorker.
Dwight Garner is a book critic for The New York Times. He was also, for many years, an editor for The New York Times Book Review. His essays and criticism have also appeared in The New Republic, Harper’s, Slate and elsewhere.
Joan Acocella has written for The New Yorker, mostly on books and dance, since 1992, and became the magazine’s dance critic in 1998. Her books include “Mark Morris,” “Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism”; and “Creating Hysteria: Women and Multiple Personality Disorder.” Her most recent book is “Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints,” a collection of essays. She has written about dance, literature, and other arts for The New York Review of Books, the Times Book Review, Art in America, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is currently a fellow at the Cullman Center of the New York Public Library, where she is writing a biography of Mikhail Baryshnikov.
The event is free thanks to our supporters The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation. Please register below to guarantee a seat.Click here for more details...
Ready, Set, Go to CollegeTeen Events 11/15/2018, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Main Library – Youth Services Dept. (3rd Floor)
Are you a couple of years away from college applications, but have questions about the process? Join us for this interactive workshop to learn everything you need to know about resumes, transcripts, SAT-ACT testing, the application, essay, interview, teacher recommendations, campus visits, and more. You’ll leave with the tools you need to become a better candidate for college acceptance.
Registration recommended (registration begins Monday, October 29).
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Passport to Flavor: The PhilippinesTeen Events 11/29/2018, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Isabel Rose Café
Join us as we take another culinary journey, this time to the Philippines! We’ll try adobo, halo-halo, and garlic fried rice at this hands-on event.
Please advise of food allergies.
Registration required (registration begins Monday, October 29).
Ages 11 & up
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Open Book/ Open Mind: Futureface – Alex WagnerAdult Events 01/14/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
THIS EVENT IS BEING RESCHEDULED DUE TO A TRAVEL CONFLICT.
Anyone who already registered to attend will receive an e-mail about the new date and time once it is solidified. You may still register below to be added to the list. This registration page will be updated ASAP.
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 Sue and Reimer Mellin, 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...