Local Happenings

Annual Sidewalk Sale

JULY 17 / FRI / 10 AM – 9 PM

Book as an Object: Exhibition of Student Art

This March, [words] Bookstore exhibited books transformed into works for art, created by Millburn Middle School student artists.

Until the pages are turned, a book is an object to be read.  With a few simple folds the book can be transformed into a work of art.  Pages that once delighted and informed readers are now finding themselves in the hands of creative artists and are being recycled into remarkable and unique forms of sculpture.  By crisply folding page in various patterns, a once beloved book can be re-invented into a treasured art form.  Local students are honored to have their book sculptures featured in the front window of [words] Bookstore.  - Claudia Sohr (MMS Art Teacher) and Deborah Kaplan (Executive Art Director for Penguin Young Readers Design Group)

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[words] at Star Wars Reads Day!


A recent time ago, in a library not so far away….

[words] participated in Maplewood Library’s great Star Wars Reads Day event.  275 people turned out to participate in tons of engaging Star Wars themed activities.  You could really feel the force at this event!

Junior League Remodels New Book Pantry for Elementary School Children in Need

Over the past two months, JLOSH partnered with the Cleveland School to transform a classroom into an inviting space where school children can obtain new and gently used books they can take home and keep.

More than 8,200 books were secured from various donors and book drives, including a recent event JLOSH sponsored at [words] Bookstore in Maplewood on Sunday, March 25, 2012.  About 30 children and their parents came out to hear a reading by children’s author Hallie Durand and music by Kelly Heinze of Music & More.

Read the full article here.

Jewish Vocational Service Summer Career Camp

Career Camp 2012
Monday – Friday / 9am-3pm
Camp activities will focus on vocational exploration, appropriate work behaviors, and social skills development.

For students with mobility and/or cognitive impairments
July 30 – August 10

For students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
August 13 – August 24

For more information, please contact:
Lauren A. Klein: 973-674-6330 ext. 237 ­ Lklein@jvsnj.org


Children’s Programs at Maplewood Memorial Library


The Second Saturday of each month the Maplewood Memorial Library host Saturday Storytime.  A story program emphasizing music, movement and stories!  Welcoming children ages 4-10 and children with Special Needs.

Saturday Storytime dates 2012

More at maplewoodlibrary.org

The Alchemy Hour arrives in Maplewood

Words is happy to congratulate and welcome The Alchemy Hour, a women’s fashion boutique on 101 Baker Street. Owner Janean Harvey, is eager to meet and greet fashion-forward ladies looking for a place to feel right at home. The new store features a “boho, beachy, edgy” cool women’s style. It’s also a look that will translate well to women of all ages, shapes and sizes.

Check out their website

Geralyn’s Art Studio is moving!


Our good friend Geralyn’s Art Stuido is moving around the corner to 103 Baker Street.  Geralyn’s continues to offers art classes for both children and adults, art supplies and open studio as well as parties. Stop by to have some fun and relax while being creative!

Check out their website

[words] remembers Xanthie Savidis


[words] is saddened by the passing of our friend and long-time resident Xanthie Savidis.  She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt.  Mrs. Savidis was born in Morristown, NJ was active with the Maplewood PTA and was a classically trained opera singer.  She also received a degree from Parson’s School of Design and designed several patterns of china for Lenox.  Donations can be made in her memory to the Ss Nichoas, Constantine and Helen Building fund.

Read the Star-Ledger obituary