Two Towns – Many Stories: Group Discussion

APR 16 / THU / 7:00 PM 

South Orange and Maplewood are invited and encouraged to participate in a community read and discussion program! Led by the South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, participants are invited to read on their own then meet during an upcoming group discussion to share perspectives and discuss racial/ethnic differences and similarities.

Sponsors: Maplewood Memorial Library, South Orange Public Library, [words] Bookstore

Register: or call 973-761-6116

Pick a story to read + Other locations and dates CLICK HERE

Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditative Practice

with author Dean Sluyter

APR 17 / FRI / 7:30 PM 

Guided by veteran teacher Dean Sluyter’s easy-going, down-to-earth approach, you’ll test-drive a variety of meditative “vehicles” and find all the practical tips you need for adapting these methods to your daily life, even for a few minutes a day on the subway or in an office cubicle. As your life opens to deep happiness, clarity, peace, and creative energy, you’ll be inspired to keep on practicing—naturally.

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STORYTIME – No, Silly!

with author, illustrator Ken Krug

APR 18 / SAT / 11:00 AM 

SATURDAY STORYTIME // Mr. Krug will be doing an activity and Q&A with guests! “Youngsters will delight in spotting right (I like to eat apples) from wrong (I like to eat books) in each situation, the turn of the page always giving them ample time to point out a correction. Krug’s oil-paint illustrations are cheery and bright. A well-paced romp with nifty response opportunities for little ones.” – Kirkus

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Special Needs Sewing Workshop

with Tiel Roman Studios

APR 19 / SUN / 2:00 PM

This is our LAST CLASS in the SPRING 2015 season of Second Sundays: Special Events for Special Kids – a monthly event series for children with special needs and their families.

  • Ages 3-21 welcome!
  • Parent required to stay for duration of event
  • Location: [words] downstairs event space
  • All Second Sundays events are free

Space is limited, please register by emailing:



Among Thieves

with author John Clarkson

APR 21 / TUE / 7:30 PM

A story about what happens when power and greed reach insane levels. An “outstanding thriller… Fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher will find a lot to like” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“With crisp prose, masterful plotting, and building suspense, this is a real treat for fans of gritty crime fiction, who will want more from Clarkson.” —Booklist (starred review)

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STORYTIME – Stick and Stone

with author Beth Ferry

APR 25 / SAT / 11:00 AM

SATURDAY STORYTIME // When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair becomes fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor? Author Beth Ferry makes a memorable debut with a warm, rhyming text that includes a subtle anti-bullying message even the youngest reader will understand. New York Times bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld imbues Stick and Stone with energy, emotion, and personality to spare.

In this funny story about kindness and friendship, Stick and Stone join George and Martha, Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggie, as some of the best friend duos in children’s literature.

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Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

with author Bryan Burrough

APR 28 / TUE / 7:30 PM

“Burroughs’s insights are powerful. . . Doggedly pursuing former radicals who’ve never spoken on the record before,Vanity Fair special correspondent Burrough (The Big Rich) delivers an exhaustive history of the mostly ignored period of 1970s domestic terrorism” —Publishers Weekly

“A fascinating, in-depth look at a tumultuous period of American unrest.”—Booklist

“A stirring history of that bad time, 45-odd years ago, when we didn’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind was blowing, though we knew it was loud . . . [DAYS OF RAGE] is thoroughgoing and fascinating . . . A superb chronicle. . . that sheds light on how the war on terror is being waged today.” — Kirkus Reviews

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The Truth About Twinkie Pie

with author Kat Yeh

MAY 2 / SAT / 4:00 PM

(Readers ages 8-12)  //  Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei, a name she never says out loud) and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi (short for Delta Dawn). Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the Gold Coast of New York. Mix in a fancy new school, new friends and enemies, a first crush, and a generous sprinkling of family secrets.

That’s the recipe for The Truth About Twinkie Pie, a voice-driven middle grade debut about the true meaning of family and friendship.

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