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January 2020

Hebrew Storytime with Rabbi Ariann (Ages 3-8)

January 23 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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3rd floor Enjoy a bilingual storytime in Hebrew and English and make an easy craft. Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers are welcome. Rabbi Ariann Weitzman is an Associate Rabbi and the Director of Congregational Learning at the Bnai Keshet Reconstructionist Synagogue.

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Presidential Decisions for War or Peace

January 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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$20

From John Adams to Donald Trump, crucial moments when a presidential decision whether or not to go to war altered the course of U.S. history.

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Andrew Marantz, Antisocial @ MPL OB/OM

January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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As part of Montclair Public Library's Open Book/Open Mind series, Andrew Marantz will be there to discuss his newest book, Antisocial on Sunday, January 26th at 4pm! To register for this event please visit our website at watchungbooksellers.com or visit the Montclair Public Library website for registration and additional details.

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Passport to Flavor (Grades 6-12)

January 28 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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This month we’ll explore the wide world of fermentation! Fermented foods are a major component of most cultures. This month, we’ll experiment with quick-pickled vegetables, yogurt parfaits, and will taste kimchi and sauerkraut. Please advise of food allergies. 

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Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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$20

Augusta Savage overcame poverty, racism, and gender discrimination to become a luminary of the Harlem Renaissance. Her sculptures celebrated African American culture, and her work as an arts educator and political activist catalyzed social change. This talk will explore Savage’s lasting legacy by examining her remarkable life and affecting works, as well as those of the younger artists she inspired.

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February 2020

Every Wednesday Matinee – The Learning Tree

February 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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On Wednesdays at 2 pm, Montclair Public Library hosts The Every Wednesday Matinee, a film series presented in its auditorium. In February 2020 we will be celebrating Black History Month by watching the following movies: The Learning Tree (February 5) – Starring: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans, Dana Elcar, Mira Waters, Joel Fluellen, Malcolm Atterbury, Richard Ward, Russell Thorson, Peggy Rea. written and directed by Gordon Parks, a celebrated photographer. It depicts the life of Newt Winger, a teenager growing up in…

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Imani Perry, Breathe: A Letter to My Sons @ MPL OB/OM

February 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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Imani Perry will be at Montclair Public Library on Sunday, February 9th at 4pm as part of their Open Book Open Mind series! Please visit the Montclair Public Library website for additional information and to register.

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Fourth Annual African American Read-In

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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We invite everyone to celebrate African American authors by participating in an African American Read-In! Choose your favorite passage from a book, poem, or speech by an African American and sign up for a two-minute time slot to read your chosen piece aloud. Join us as we come together to read, hear, and shine a spotlight on African American literature. Please email reference@montclair.bccls.org to sign up and submit your reading. To attend without reading a passage, please register…

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The History of Black Churches and the Voting Movement (Family Program)

February 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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Auditorium Black churches played a pivotal part in the Civil Rights Movement including their galvanizing role in the enforcement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Celebrate their legacy with performances of spoken word poetry, gospels by the St. Paul Baptist Church Mass Choir of Montclair, spiritual hymns by Jacquelyn Graham, and a handbell performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Eddie Nicholas will emcee this event with special guest speakers, Reverend Dr. Bernadette Glover and Montclair Councilwoman Renee Baskerville, M.D.…

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Every Wednesday Matinee – Sounder

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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On Wednesdays at 2 pm, Montclair Public Library hosts The Every Wednesday Matinee, a film series presented in its auditorium. In February 2020 we will be celebrating Black History Month by watching the following movies: The Learning Tree (February 5) – Starring: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans, Dana Elcar, Mira Waters, Joel Fluellen, Malcolm Atterbury, Richard Ward, Russell Thorson, Peggy Rea. written and directed by Gordon Parks, a celebrated photographer. It depicts the life of Newt Winger, a teenager growing up in…

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Author Talk: An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones

February 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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After moving to New York from South Carolina in 1946 to work as a cook in private homes, Josephine E. Jones–a South Carolina sharecropper’s daughter born in 1920–becomes a Harlem activist, and, in the 1960s, perhaps the first black supervisor at a Fortune 500 company. An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones is an American story, a Great Migration story, a New York story, a black family’s story, a mother-daughter story, and the story of a woman’s fight for creativity in…

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“Paukwa Pakawa”: Swahili Storytime (Ages 5-12)

February 25 @ 4:30 am - 5:30 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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3rd floor “Paukwa Pakawa" means “it came to and it happened” in Swahili - a Bantu language spoken throughout East Africa. Learn words, phrases, and listen to tales in the Swahili language. Storyteller Sabina Wasonga-Gitau is a native Swahili speaker who has taught at Nishuane's Explorer program in Montclair where she lives with her family.

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Every Wednesday Matinee – Glory

February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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On Wednesdays at 2 pm, Montclair Public Library hosts The Every Wednesday Matinee, a film series presented in its auditorium. In February 2020 we will be celebrating Black History Month by watching the following movies: The Learning Tree (February 5) – Starring: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans, Dana Elcar, Mira Waters, Joel Fluellen, Malcolm Atterbury, Richard Ward, Russell Thorson, Peggy Rea. written and directed by Gordon Parks, a celebrated photographer. It depicts the life of Newt Winger, a teenager growing up in…

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James Austin Jr. Trio: Songs in the Key of Wonder

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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Join us for this free jazz performance by the James Austin Jr. Trio! Registration is recommended. James will perform jazz standards as well as selections from his latest release, Songs in the Key of Wonder.

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Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement (Recommended for Grades 3-12)

February 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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Auditorium Bright Star Theatre portrays events and heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Learn about pivotal American milestones between the years 1955-1968. The Montgomery Bus Boycott, Brown v. Board of Education, Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. come to life through stories and song while demonstrating the price paid by those who fought for equal rights.

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March 2020

Price of Liberty – Eye on the Prize Mississippi

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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The Montclair History Center, in partnership with Montclair Film and the Montclair Public Library, will show Eye on the Prize: Mississippi - is this America?, as the second film in the Montclair History Center’s annual Price of Liberty Film and Discussion series. Episode Five of this six-part series looks at the time a group of college students traveled south between 1963-1964 to help African Americans register to vote and the subsequent challenges they faced. Dr. Lillie Edwards, a Montclair resident,…

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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships: Recognizing the Signs

March 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 United States
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Intimate Partner Violence crosses all class, race, gender, and relationship lines. Each one of us knows someone in an unhealthy relationship -- whether we know it or not. This interactive workshop from S.O.F.I.A. will share some of the most recognizable signs of unhealthy relationships and emphasize the importance of being supportive and aware of how intimate partner violence can impact an individual's behavior and feelings of self-worth. Ways to support someone in an unhealthy relationship, including safety planning, emotional support, and…

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