Cracking the Cube

with author Ian Scheffler

Saturday, December 3 — 5:00 pm

A journalist and aspiring “speedcuber” attempts to break into the international phenomenon of speedsolving the Rubik’s Cube—think chess played at the speed of Ping-Pong—while exploring the Cube’s rise to iconic status around the globe and the lessons that can be learned through solving it.

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Rising Above

with authors Gregory Zuckerman,
Elijah Zuckerman, and Gabriel Zuckerman

Sunday, December 4 — 4:00 pm

Discover the inspirational real-life stories of superstar athletes like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Tim Howard, and more! Athlete after athlete in this book found discipline, hope, and inspiration on the playing field, rising above their circumstances. Filled with first-hand accounts from stars who exemplify the idea of enduring at all costs, Rising Above will serve as a must-read source of inspiration for kids and sports fans of all ages.

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I’ll Take You There

with #1 bestselling author Wally Lamb

Tuesday, December 6 — 7:30 pm

Four-time New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb weaves an evocative, deeply affecting tapestry of one Baby Boomer’s life and the trio of unforgettable women who have changed it, in this radiant homage to the resiliency, strength, and power of women.

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Dishing Up New Jersey

with author John Holl

Wednesday, December 7 — 7:30 pm
JOINT EVENT: Beer FAQ with Jeff Cioletti

New Jersey native John Holl searched from Sussex County to Cape May to find the best recipes New Jersey has to offer, and the result is this rich and unique cookbook celebrating the foods, flavors, cultures, and traditions of the Garden State.

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Must be 21 years old or older to attend

Beer FAQ

with author Jeff Cioletti

Wednesday, December 7 — 7:30 pm
JOINT EVENT: Dishing Up New Jersey with John Holl

Here is a no-nonsense guide to the world of beer, answering many burning questions about the diverse array of styles, ingredients, and international brewing and drinking traditions that drive the world’s most popular beverage. Beer FAQ features insight not only on how it’s made, but how it makes the journey from the brew house floor to the drinker’s glass.

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Must be 21 years old or older to attend.


Kangaroo Kisses

with author Nandana Dev Sen

Saturday, December 10 — 11:00 am

“Darling, it’s time for BED!”


My hippos in puddles need sleepy cuddles!”

Follow one mischievous girl as she delays bedtime – and has amazing wildlife adventures along the way! Join award-winning actor, writer, and child-rights activist Nandana Sen for a fantastical interactive session, with fun games and animal masks, play-acting and tail- swishing! Nandana has starred in over 20 feature films, is the author of Mambi and the Forest Fire (Puffin, 2016), and works with children (and grown-ups) at UNICEF and Operation Smile to fight against child abuse. Nandana will be signing copies of Kangaroo Kisses after the reading. All ages are invited!

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Irving the Theater Nut!

with author Gregory G. Allen

Saturday, December 10 — 2:00 pm
Dickens Village event

As a squirrel, Irving has learned his job is to gather nuts, but he wants nothing more than to join the children rehearsing inside the nearby theater. After weeks of watching them, will Irving get a chance to fulfill his dream? Irving the Theater Nut! is an encouraging story about teamwork and not being ashamed of chasing a dream no matter what it is.

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Merry Grinchmas!


Saturday, December 17 — 11:00 am

A Saturday Storytime event with a special guest appearance by The Grinch!

[words] Staff will be reading all Grinch titles to celebrate the holiday season.