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Sunday, July 16, 4:00pm.
Encounters with Strangers: a Workshop and Reading.

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg's new book God Loves the Stranger uses stories, blessings, poetry, divine teachings, and meditation exercises to carves a clear pathway that enables us to learn how to love one another and create just societies. In this workshop, Sheila will use meditation and writing to help participants focus on encounters with the strangers we meet, inside or outside own hearts and minds and beings. The ultimate goal of the book and workshop is on how to bring the roots of love and gratitude into our everyday lives.
The workshop is $25 and includes a signed copy of God Loves the Stranger. At the end of the workshop participants will be invited to share their work (if they want), and Sheila will do a reading from the book.
Tickets should be purchased in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/encounters-with-strangers-a-workshop-and-reading-tickets-35354202371

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg served as a congregational rabbi for seventeen years. She has also worked in the fields of Jewish community relations, Jewish education and Hillel. She has published widely on such topics as feminism, spiritual direction, parenting, social justice, and mindfulness from a Jewish perspective and has contributed commentaries to Kol HaNeshama, the Reconstructionist prayer book. Rabbi Weinberg has taught mindfulness meditation and yoga to rabbis, Jewish professionals and lay people in the context of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She serves as a spiritual director to a variety of Jewish clergy including students and faculty at HUC-JIR in New York. She is creator and co-leader of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program. She is married to Maynard Seider and they have three married children and six grandchildren.

Thursday, July 20, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Friday, July 21, 7:00pm.
New! Third Fridays with Thirty West: Our First Reading at Our New Poetic Residency!

Delaware Valley Indie publisher Thirty West is bringing a new reading series to Big Blue Marble on the 3rd Friday of every month! Come out to listen to some riveting poetry from Charles Joseph, Sarah Maria Murdock, and Will Stickney. Charles, from Montclair, NJ, will be reading from his new collection of poems and stories, Chameleon. Copies will be available for sale at the Thirty West merch stand. Live stream will be set up for our social media audience. BYOB for a relaxed, summer evening in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia!.

Saturday, July 22, 10:30am.      Event for Kids
Reading with Davon Clark, author of The Adventures of Prada Enchilada.

Davon Clark presents The Adventures of Prada Enchilada, an endearing children's book series catered to nurturing the minds of preschoolers through third graders, between the ages of 3 to 8. These books star an adventurous talking dog named Prada Enchilada and his best friend, a cat named Mimi Tortellini. The two embark on various escapades throughout the series while being enlightened and educated by their surroundings.

Davon Clark is setting his sight on awakening youths' minds. Combined with 17+ years of experience and training in the entertainment and education fields, Davon has garnered two NAACP Image Awards with his work on TV One's docu series UnSung, and has showcased independent films at various festivals nationwide. Davon has also appeared on television, in commercials, web-series, and short films. In 2010, Davon decided to devote his efforts to fostering future generations and became an educational instructor, teaching/mentoring youth from Camden, NJ; Bronx, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA; and more. His bachelor’s degree in Theater and Communications from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, coupled with his international studies in London, England, at Northampton University prepared him to strive in his many accomplishments including the development of educational media company ADC Kid and The Adventures of Prada Enchilada. Davon currently sits on the board of a nonprofit called AHHAH (Arts Holding Hands and Hearts) and works hand and hand with schools to support autistic youth.

Sunday, July 23, 7:00pm.
Launch Party for Darla Himeles, author of "Flesh Enough".

Join us as we celebrate with Mt. Airy's own Darla Himeles and her first chapbook, "Flesh Enough," from Get Fresh Books. Alicia Ostriker, author of Waiting for the Light, says: 'Look at Darla Himeles, there on the razor’s edge of survival as a Jew, note taker of past and future extinctions, a poet fearless of science, unafraid of love or laughter. Listen as she sings love songs to the cephalopod dead, the manatees’ eyes “cataracted by microplastics,” and the Colorado that “forgets it’s a river.” Smile as she imagines T.S. Eliot becoming a blue crab. Meditate with her on our own eyes, possible “reservoirs of the Anthropocene’s / last sunlit hours.” Himeles helps us know our place as specks of a star, kin to all animals, in poems that dance with the pleasure of language.'

Tuesday, July 25, 7:00pm.
Reading and Presentation with Brian Smith, author of Spent Saints.

Award-winning journalist Brian Smith is back in Philly, to read from his debut collection of short stories, Spent Saints, and show the newest episodes in the corresponding web series.
In this powerful collection of linked stories, debut author Brian Jabas Smith gazes into the lives of the stunted and the lost. There’s the teenaged bicycle-racing champion from the Arizona desert who’s escaping an abusive home life. The jaundiced rock ’n’ roll singer whose neon-lit gaze takes us from a Beverly Hills mansion to the crack-cocaine streets of old Hollywood. The desperate addict in the Phoenix barrio with nowhere to turn, strung out on crystal meth, porn, alcohol and nude dancers. Elsewhere, a Detroit journalist discovers that sobriety wasn’t part of his job description, and the internally crippled mother whose lovely daughters are doomed for life. These stories are disturbing and raw yet offer eerily beautiful portrayals of loss, ultimately, reclamation, and, perhaps, redemption.

Brian Smith has written for many magazines and alt-weeklies, and his fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals. He’s an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times and then as an editor at Detroit’s Metro Times. Before writing full time, Smith was a songwriter who fronted rock & roll bands Beat Angels and, before that, GAD. He has penned tunes with lots of folks, including Alice Cooper. At one point he overcame heady crystal meth and alcohol addictions. As a kid growing up in Tucson, Ariz., Smith was a national class bicycle racer. He now lives back in Tucson and his debut collection of short stories, Spent Saints, was just released in spring 2017.

Wednesday, July 26, 7:00pm.
Poetry Is Not a Luxury Book Club

A monthly book club led by Elliott batTzedek, MFA, where we'll use the best contemporary poets to explore the most urgent social issues. Each month we'll focus on a different book, along with individual poems from other poets addressing similar issues. We will meet fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30pm. July's book: Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon.
More details on our Book Clubs page.

Thursday, July 27, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Thursday, July 27, 7:00-9:00pm.
New! An Evening of Sharing Poetry and Resistance.

Join the Philly Poetic Resistance group in an evening of sharing poetry and resistance! Bring a poem (your own or just one you love) on the theme of Transformation. Philly Poetic Resistance is a group of poets and people who love poetry, who believe in the power of words to repair the world and bring into being a gentler, more just society. All are welcome!
Let us know you are coming by emailing Laurie Pollack at webpoet1@aol.com or sign up at meetup.com at http://meetu.ps/e/CYVbW/gYyQ/d. We will be meeting the 4th Thursday of each month.

Friday, July 28, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Amy Small McKinney.
Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by local poet Mike Cohen, with a featured reader and an open reading to follow. For more information, please contact the Mad Poets Society.

Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30, all day.
Fantastic Beasts Weekend.

One of our ongoing monthly theme weekends!

Saturday, July 29
- All day – Fantastic Beasts Trivia Challenge
- 10:00 am – Fantastically Beastly Story Time (ages 0-3): songs, games, and fun.
- 12:00 pm – Be a Niffler / Build a Niffler (ages 5+): Go on a treasure hunt in the store and then build a Niffler of your own to take home.
- 1:30 pm – Dream Your Own Wizarding World (for kids, teens, and parents): What kind of magical world would YOU build? What kinds of schools, ministries, and rules for living alongside muggles? Come dream and discuss along with 2 passionate Potter fans ages 9 and 13.
- 6:00 pm – Fantastic Beasts Trivia Challenge: Whether you know the answers or have taken a swig of felix felicis, play for Pride and Prizes!
- 6:30 pm – Movie Time: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, along with popcorn and a selection of treats from Kowalski Quality Baked Goods.
- 9:00 pm – What’s Next in the Potter Universe? A talk and discussion led by Potter Superfan Lorrie Kim, author of Snape: A Definitive Reading (teens and adults): How does Fantastic Beasts fit into the wizarding world? Now that there are five scheduled Fantastic Beasts movies, what might happen next? Will we still love Dumbledore when this unfolds? How will Newt earn his Order of Merlin? Speculation, deductions, text clues, and wild flights of fancy all welcome!

Sunday, July 30
- 10:30 am – 1 in Tens of Thousands? Race and Sexuality in the Potter Universe Lecture/discussion with Potter expert Lorrie Kim, author of Snape: A Definitive Reading (geared for older teens and adults): With exactly one character out of hundreds who is identified as gay, J.K. Rowling’s world is way more heteronormative than the Muggle world. And issues of race and racism in the Wizarding World have grown even more troubled as Rowling writes wizard history onto Native American and African cultures. We love Potter, and we want our whole selves represented in the world of wizards. Join us for a heated discussion and debate! Bagels, tea, and juice will be provided.

Sunday, July 30, 10:30am.
New! Rad Parents' Book Group

A monthly group for parents and their families to talk about books, kids, and parenting. There is no need to commit to coming to all the groups - come when you can!
More details on our Book Clubs page. July's book: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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Thursday, August 3, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Thursday, August 3, 7:00pm.
Reading with Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose.

We are honored to host Philly native Zinzi Clemmons and her debut novel What We Lose. What We Lose is a powerful and innovative novel that questions the nature of identity, grief, and love through the eyes of a young woman who loses her mother to cancer. Told in visceral vignettes that draw from autofiction, online media, and encyclopedia, What We Lose is a thoughtful, poignant debut from a promising new voice. Read more.

Saturday, August 5, 11:00am.
Book Signing with Stephanie Bruneau, author of The Benevolent Bee.

Join Big Blue Marble as we welcome Mt. Airy's own apiarist Stephanie Bruneau and her new book, The Benevolent Bee: Capture the Bounty of the Hive through Science, History, Home Remedies and Craft ! Stephanie will be leading a Honey Bee Q&A and a simple beeswax craft, and of course she'll be signing her new book. (It's already on our shelf - check it out, it's beautiful). Come at 10:30 for our regular Saturday morning story time, which will feature books about bees!

Stephanie Bruneau is a Mt. Airy born and raised beekeeper, parent, author, and sustainable living enthusiast. She runs a home business, The Benevolent Bee, (www.thebenevolentbee.com), selling honey, beeswax candles, and other handcrafted and hive-derived items. At her hives (at The Miquon School, on the roof of Weavers Way Chestnut Hill, and at the West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd), Stephanie observes, learns and teaches about bees and bee behavior to students of all ages. When she is not playing with the bees or pouring candles, Stephanie can be found stomping in mud puddles with Clara (5, whose second word was 'bee') and baby Atticus (3, who was under a bee suit up in a tree collecting a honeybee swarm with his mom at 4 weeks old).

Saturday, August 5, 1:00pm.
Story Swap with the Patchwork Storytelling Guild.

Join members of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild for a monthly Story Swap - come to share a story, to learn story telling, or just to listen and enjoy! The members of Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild are dedicated to promoting awareness of storytelling as a vibrant contemporary art form, a folk tradition, a way of celebrating life, a tool for personal and social transformation, and as a path for spiritual exploration. http://www.patchworkstorytelling.org/

Sunday, August 6, 4:00pm.
Reading with Kenneth E. Miller, author of War Torn: Stories of Courage, Love and Resilience.

Big Blue Marble welcomes Kenneth E. Miller, an international expert on the impact of armed conflict on civilians and his new book War Torn: Stories of Courage, Love and Resilience. With some 200 million people affected by armed conflict or genocide, refugees are appearing in record numbers. War Torn: Stories of Courage, Love and Resilience is timely in the way it brings us intimately into the lives of civilians who have survived wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Guatemala, and Sri Lanka. Alongside stories that convey the destruction and heartbreak of armed conflict, psychologist Kenneth Miller captures the courage and resilience he calls “a remarkable kind of light,” an essential counterpoint to the grief and trauma that war creates. The stories in War Torn are powerful, heart-wrenching, and unforgettable.

Thursday, August 10, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Saturday, August 12, 7:00pm - Sunday, August 13, 7:00am.
On a Hot Summer Night: a Pride & Prejudice Slumber Party.

Join Big Blue Marble and special guests for a classic slumber party (that is, one with no actual slumbering) as we let our love for Pride & Prejudice shine. We have all kinds of fun planned:

  • Guest readers who will serenade us with Austen's lovely prose
  • A choose-your-own-adventure version of the story
  • An official drink (elderflower spritzers, wine and plain) for an official Austen drinking game (tip your cup every time Mrs. Bennet makes you cringe...)
  • Needlework! Bring your own, or try your hand at a simple Jane Austen portrait cross stitch we'll have available
  • Trivia
  • A dramatic reading of texts from the Bennet girls to Mrs. Bennet
  • A Show Us Your Cover show and tell
  • And more!
Come in your sweats, your jammies, or your Regency Finest. Bring sleeping bags/pads if you like (we have great floor pillows).
Click here if you'd like to sign up for a reading!
Will there be zombies? Hmmmmm.......

Thursday, August 17, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Friday, August 18, 7:00pm.
New! Third Fridays with Thirty West!

Delaware Valley Indie publisher Thirty West is bringing a new reading series to Big Blue Marble on the 3rd Friday of every month!

Saturday, August 19, 2:00pm.      Event for Kids
Book Launch with Tanisha Chambers, author of Zuri and the Monster.

Help Philly writer Tanisha Chambers launch her first children's book, Zuri and the Monster! Tanisha's inspiration to write Children's books came when her mom had her little sister Zuri. Zuri challenged her to find her creativity again. Tanisha hopes to bring back the traditions of parents and kids taking the time out to read and enjoy the pleasures or small things in life. Tanisha hopes her books inspire and help others to find the stories within.

Tanisha Chambers was born and raised in Philadelphia to Jamaican parents. She attended public school in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Martin Luther King High school. She later attended Rosemont College, where she studied Accounting and graduated in 2011. During her time in college she wrote many stories and poetry for her women studies classes that brought back memories of her reading and writing stories.

Thursday, August 24, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Friday, August 25, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Amy Small McKinney.
Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by local poet Mike Cohen, with a featured reader and an open reading to follow. For more information, please contact the Mad Poets Society.

Saturday-Sunday, August 26-27, all day.
"Creatures of the Deep" Weekend.

One of our ongoing monthly theme weekends! Details to come.

Sunday, August 27, 10:30am.
Rad Parents' Book Group

A monthly group for parents and their families to talk about books, kids, and parenting. There is no need to commit to coming to all the groups - come when you can!
More details on our Book Clubs page. August's book: Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman.

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Thursday, September 7, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Saturday, September 9, 1:00pm.
Story Swap with the Patchwork Storytelling Guild.

Join members of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild for a monthly Story Swap - come to share a story, to learn story telling, or just to listen and enjoy! The members of Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild are dedicated to promoting awareness of storytelling as a vibrant contemporary art form, a folk tradition, a way of celebrating life, a tool for personal and social transformation, and as a path for spiritual exploration. http://www.patchworkstorytelling.org/

Thursday, September 14, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Friday, September 15, 7:00pm.
Third Fridays with Thirty West!

Delaware Valley Indie publisher Thirty West is bringing a new reading series to Big Blue Marble on the 3rd Friday of every month!

Thursday, September 21, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Friday, September 22, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Hiram Larew.
Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by local poet Mike Cohen, with a featured reader and an open reading to follow. For more information, please contact the Mad Poets Society.

Sunday, September 24, 10:30am.
Rad Parents' Book Group

A monthly group for parents and their families to talk about books, kids, and parenting. There is no need to commit to coming to all the groups - come when you can!
More details on our Book Clubs page. September's book: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis.


Classes at Big Blue Marble

Please see our Classes page for information on writing workshops and other classes.

Just For Kids

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Wednesdays, 10:00am.
Big Blue Marble Story Time with Sarah Rose.

Come sing songs and read some of the best new and classic kids' books!

New! Saturdays, 10:30am.
Big Blue Marble Story Time with Jenna Faccenda.

Grab your infant or toddler, your morning brew from High Point, and join us for reading, singing, and fun. Led by new staffer Jenna Faccenda, mom of 3 year old C.J.!

Thursdays, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
For either game, you'll need the 5th Edition Players Handbook, which we have in stock! We also carry dice sets.

Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role-playing game that's been around since the seventies. Each player designs a character according to their interests. Perhaps you're a wizard, a bard, a rogue or an assassin. And maybe you'd like to play an elf, a human, or a halfling. We'll lead you on a series of adventures through fantastical realms with all kinds of interesting creatures. Your character will fight ghouls, assist oppressed people and collect magical items. You can read more about Dungeons & Dragons here, or contact us for more information: outreach@bigbluemarblebooks.com.

Saturday, July 22, 10:30am.      Event for Kids
Reading with Davon Clark, author of The Adventures of Prada Enchilada.

Davon Clark presents The Adventures of Prada Enchilada, an endearing children's book series catered to nurturing the minds of preschoolers through third graders, between the ages of 3 to 8. These books star an adventurous talking dog named Prada Enchilada and his best friend, a cat named Mimi Tortellini. The two embark on various escapades throughout the series while being enlightened and educated by their surroundings.

Saturday, August 19, 2:00pm.      Event for Kids
Book Launch with Tanisha Chambers, author of Zuri and the Monster.

Help Philly writer Tanisha Chambers launch her first children's book, Zuri and the Monster! Tanisha's inspiration to write Children's books came when her mom had her little sister Zuri. Zuri challenged her to find her creativity again. Tanisha hopes to bring back the traditions of parents and kids taking the time out to read and enjoy the pleasures or small things in life. Tanisha hopes her books inspire and help others to find the stories within.

Fridays at 10:30am: Check back for future dates!
Shabbat Storytimes with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Babies, toddlers, and young children and their grown-ups (parents, grandparents, nannies, etc.) are invited to join us for a special storytime, focusing on the joy of Shabbat. We'll read stories, sing songs for Shabbat, and make an easy activity to take home. Juice & challah to enjoy! Led by jkidphilly Center City Director Gabby Kaplan-Mayer and GJC Education Director Rabbi Alanna Sklover.
Questions? Contact Gabby at 215-320-0376.


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    Fourth Friday, 7:15pm.

    ON SUNDAYS, WE WRITE!
    First and Third Sunday, 4:00-6:00pm

    THEME WEEKENDS
    Approximately once a month.

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    BIG BLUE MARBLE STORY TIME
    Wednesdays, 10:00am.
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    SHABBAT STORY TIME
    Monthly on Fridays, 10:30am.

    DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
    Thursdays, 4:30pm.

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