Events

Swing Time

with bestselling author Zadie Smith

Thursday, September 14 — 7:30 pm

Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.

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We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3

with author Leslie Kimmelman

Saturday, September 16 — 11:00 am

Elmo introduces his longtime friend Julia to Abby, who’s a little confused at first because Julia isn’t saying hello. Elmo explains that Julia has autism, so she does things a little differently. Julia sometimes avoids direct eye contact, flaps her arms when she’s excited, and is sensitive to some noises. But Abby soon learns that she also has a lot of things in common with Julia. All kids want love, friendship, and to have fun They are all wonderful, each in his or her own way.

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Super Nawhal and Jelly Jolt

with author Ben Clanton

Tuesday, September 26 — 4:00 pm

Narwhal and Jelly are back in action for a SUPER adventure Join Super Narwhal and sidekick Jelly Jolt as they take on three SUPER new stories in this early graphic novel series. Ben Clanton showcases the joys of friendship and the power of believing in yourself and others through this irresistible duo.

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Bed-Stuy is Burning

with author Brian Platzer

Tuesday, September 26 — 7:30 pm

Aaron, a disgraced rabbi turned Wall Street banker, and Amelia, his journalist girlfriend, live with their newborn in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the most dynamic and historically volatile neighborhoods in New York City. The infusion of upwardly mobile professionals into Bed-Stuy’s historic brownstones belies the tension simmering on the streets below. But after a cop shoots a boy in a nearby park, conflict escalates to rioting–with Aaron and his family at its center.

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Americana

with author Bhu Srinivasan

Wednesday, September 27 — 8:00 pm

From the days of the Mayflower and the Virginia Company, America has been a place for people to dream, invent, build, tinker, and bet the farm in pursuit of a better life. Americana takes us on a four-hundred-year journey of this spirit of innovation and ambition through a series of Next Big Things — the inventions, techniques, and industries that drove American history forward.

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Maximum Volume

with author Kenneth Womack

Thursday, September 28 — 7:30 pm

George Martin’s working-class childhood and musical influences profoundly shaped his early career in the BBC’s Classical Music department and as head of the EMI Group’s Parlophone Records. Out of them flowed the genius behind his seven years producing the Beatles’ incredible body of work, including such albums as Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.

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The Fact of a Body

with author Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Wednesday, October 4 — 7:30 pm

Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes—the moment she hears him speak of his crimes — she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die.

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I Have a Balloon

with author Ariel Bernstein

Saturday, October 7 — 11:00 am

Owl has a balloon. Monkey does not. But Owl does not want to give it to him. So Monkey tries to find something that Owl wants: a teddy bear, a robot, a picture of TEN balloons. Owl does not want any of these things. But then, Monkey offers him…a sock!
Hmmmmm…Owl is intrigued. Will he trade his shiny red balloon with Monkey?

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He’s Not Lazy

with author Adam Price, PhD

Tuesday, October 10 — 7:30 pm

On the surface, capable teenage boys may look lazy. But dig a little deeper, writes child psychologist Adam Price in He’s Not Lazy, and you’ll often find conflicted boys who want to do well in middle and high school but are afraid to fail, and so do not try. This book can help you become an ally with your son, as he discovers greater self-confidence and accepts responsibility for his future.

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The Spy Next Door: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tummy

with author Jay Cooper

Saturday, October 14 — 11:00 am

On a school field trip to the museum, Dexter puts his brand-new super-secret spy skills to the test. Someone has broken into the Egyptian exhibit to steal Pharaoh Hun-Ga-Re’s greatest treasure…a sacred sandwich that can raise the dead! But who could be hungry enough to want a six-thousand-year-old snack?

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Orders to Kill

with author Amy Knight

Saturday, October 14 — 5:00 pm

Ever since Vladamir Putin came to power in Russia, his critics have turned up dead on a regular basis. According to Amy Knight, this is no coincidence. In Orders to Kill, the KGB scholar ties dozens of victims together to expose a campaign of political murder during Putin’s reign that even includes terrorist attacks such as the Boston Marathon Bombing.

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Endurance

with astronaut and author Scott Kelly

Tuesday, October 17 — 7:30 pm
at West Orange High School

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station—a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

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A portion of the proceeds will be donated to autism families impacted by the hurricanes

Thinking in Icons

with author Felix Sockwell

Friday, October 20 — 7:30 pm

From the most refined corporate visual systems to the ubiquitous emoji, icons have become an international language of symbols as well as a way to make a wholly unique statement. In Thinking in Icons, artist and designer Felix Sockwell takes readers through the process of creating an icon, covering many styles and visual approaches.

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The Home That Was Our Country

with author Alia Malek

Wednesday, October 25 — 7:30 pm

In The Home that Was My Country, Syrian-American journalist Alia Malek chronicles her return to her family home in Damascus and the history of the Jabban apartment building. This intimate portrait of contemporary Syria will shed more light on its history, society, and politics than all of today’s war reporting accounts written from the Syrian front.

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I Survived The American Revolution, 1776

with bestselling author Lauren Tarshis

Thursday, October 26 — 4:00 pm

The battlefield was soaked in blood. Screams of injured soldiers rang through the air. Eleven-year-old Nathaniel Knox knelt behind a rock, his gun clutched in his shaking hands. Nate had been heading to New York City to find his father. But now he was trapped in a terrible gunfight between American and British troops.

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The Accidental President

with A.J. Baime

Thursday, October 26 — 7:30 pm

The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman’s first four months in office, when this unlikely president had to take on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and the atomic bomb, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. No other president had ever faced so much in such a short period of time.

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