Great American Read: Episode 2Adult Events 09/12/2018, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
This episode directly follows the Great American Read premiere, which aired on May 22.
Enjoy the second episode–and fall launch–of the Great American Read on PBS! Catch the episode on our spacious auditiorium’s large screen, before it airs on PBS! Discussion to follow.
Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.Click here for more details...
Write Group: Free-for-AllLibrary Groups Events 09/13/2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 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 09/14/2018, 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...
Open Book/ Open Mind: Futureface – Alex WagnerAdult Events 09/14/2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
This event is being rescheduled due to a travel conflict. Anyone who registered to attend will receive an e-mail about the new date and time once it is solidified. 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 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...
Write Group: Free WriteLibrary Groups Events 09/15/2018, 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...
Sankofa Genealogy Support GroupLibrary Groups Events 09/15/2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Main Library – Conference Room (1st Floor)
Meets monthly to support and share sources of information for family tree research. Multiple sources include online, DNA, workshops, and quest speakers.
Open to the public.Click here for more details...
Write Group: Support GroupLibrary Groups Events 09/18/2018, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Main Library – Conference Room (1st Floor)
Support Group core meeting every Tuesday morning to review our writing progress & discuss writing topics.Click here for more details...
Learn to Control Your DiabetesAdult Events 09/18/2018, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Main Library – Classroom (1st Floor)
Are you a person with Medicare who has diabetes or know someone who does? Sign up today for a free 6-week workshop.
Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) workshops include six different sessions, each covering a new topic. Sign up today and remember to mark your calendars, so you are able to attend all six sessions. We regret that there can be no new attendees after Workshop #2.
Please register by calling Jermaine Williams at 732-955-8168.Click here for more details...
Roaming Readers – A Walking, Talking Book ClubAdult Events 09/18/2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Main Library
Join the club! Adults are invited to meet at one (or all!) of the following locations for a walk around the area while discussing a
- Sept 4 – 11am at Bloomfield Public Library
- Sept 11 – 6pm at Verona Park Boat House
- Sept 18- 11am at Montclair Public Library
September’s book: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Register below or find “Let’s Walk!!” on meetup.com.
Roaming Readers is a partnership between Montclair Public Library , Bloomfield Public Library, Verona Public Library, and NJ Bike & Walk Coalition.Click here for more details...
Bridge GroupLibrary Groups Events 09/18/2018, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Main Library – Conference Room (1st Floor)
All ages and skill levels are welcome to play Bridge every Tuesday afternoon in the Library’s Conference Room.
For more information about this group please contact Linda Welch at 973-744-0500 ext. 2221 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Click here for more details...