Montclair Literary Festival at the Library: Events for Children and Families
The Montclair Literary Festival is presented by Succeed2gether in conjunction with Montclair Public Library, Watchung Booksellers, and Montclair Art Museum, with the support of Montclair State University and many others. The Festival is a celebration of reading, writing, ideas and all things book-related. Drop in for an hour or stay all day, but be sure to join us to celebrate Montclair and reading for all.
These events will be held in the Green Space on the Third Floor.
- 10:30 – 11:20 am Freedom Bird April Armstrong shares stories with a social justice theme, including Freedom Bird and a modern urban retelling of Jack and Beanstalk. (Age 2 – 12)
- 11:30 am – 12:20 pm Proud Black Girl Shy Williams is an author, detective and doctoral student. Today she introduces Proud Black Girl, a children’s book that empowers young girls through self-love, self-respect and self-enrichment – with a take-away message for girls and women of all ages. (Age 2 – 12)
- 12:30 – 1:20 pm Writing is Magic Being a writer is a bit like being a wizard. You’re trying to cast a spell that transports a reader out of their lives and into a shared dream. Come listen to Sarah Beth Durst talk about her newest fantasy books for kids and teens, and hear tips on how you can become a wizard/writer. (Age 8 +)
- 1:30 – 2:20 pm The Serpent’s Secret Sayantani DasGupta introduces The Serpent’s Secret, book one of an exciting new fantasy series Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond. Fans of Rick Riordan will love this story of an NJ 6th grader’s battles with the serpent king and other demons of Indian mythology. (Age 8 +)
- 2:45 – 3:45 pm Finding Someplace On Reesie’s birthday, Hurricane Katrina hits her city. Stranded at home alone, Reesie takes refuge with her elderly neighbor, Miss Martine. Soon, Reesie is reunited with her family but her journey back home has only begun. Denise Lewis Patrick reads and discusses her story of a family putting itself back together, and a young girl learning to find herself in the aftermath of disaster. (Age 8 – 12)
- 4:00-5:30 pm Writing as a Family A multi-generational workshop where writers of all ages can pick up a pen and record family memories and create portraits of loved ones. Bring your grandchild, your Mom, your best friend or anyone else who loves to write, and explore how to record the vital moments of life in a meaningful and memorable way. The Writers Circle Directors Judith Lindbergh and Michelle Cameron lead the workshop with the help of selected author-instructors from their creative writing staff. (Age 7 – 70 and up!)