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Monday, January 16, 3:45pm.
Reading of "I Have a Dream" Speech for Martin Luther King Day

Please join us Monday afternoon for a participatory reading of Martin Luther King, Jr.,'s powerful speech at the Lincoln Memorial, on August 28, 1963. Feel free to take a turn reading, or to come and listen in community, as you please.
You can also find text and audio of the speech here: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm.

Thursday, January 19, 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, January 20, 10:30am.
Shabbat Storytime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.

Friday, January 20, 2:00-5:00pm.
On Fridays we Fight Back!

The Resistance continues! Every Friday afternoon we're hosting community members who come together to organize and agitate for racial, environmental, political, and economic justice. Join us! Bring your phone! We'll have materials, tea, toys for kids, and community.
List of actions to come.

Saturday, January 21, 8:00-9:30am.
Eat Before You March Fundraising Breakfast.

Join your friendly neighborhood booksellers for breakfast before you head down to the Philadelphia Women's March. We'll have coffee, bagels, and Pink Pussy Hats to raffle off! The breakfast is a sliding scale donation, $5 - $30, with all funds going to Planned Parenthood and The Women's Medical Fund. Breakfast starts at 8:00 am - eat, drink, and get the 9:34 am Chestnut Hill West train to Suburban Station to start the march at 10 am at Logan Circle.
Registering in advance will help us make sure we have plenty of breakfast on hand: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eat-before-you-march-fundraising-breakfast-tickets-31041984411
If you prefer to make your donation in person, please email us ASAP to let us know you're coming so we can make plans.

Wednesday, January 25, 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. January's book: Look: Poems by Solmaz Sharif.
More details on our Book Clubs page.

Thursday, January 26, 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, January 27, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Matt Lake.
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, January 29, 1:00pm.
Author Paige Wolf and Spit that Out!: The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt.

From BPA in baby bottles and asbestos in crayons to misleading "natural" labels—even the most steadfast parent can reach despair! Lighthearted yet authoritative, Spit That Out! cuts through the information overload, sorts cloth from disposable, and empowers readers to make simple but impactful changes. Featuring real life anxieties and advice from celebrities like Alysia Reiner and Kaitlin Olson, to activists such as Robyn O'Brien and Stacy Malkan, to everyday super moms, Paige Wolf assures you that you aren't alone.Hot-button topics include food, toys, breast milk and diapers, clothing, the hidden toxins in schools, and how to spot greenwashing from a mile away. Bursting with valuable advice on green vacations, how to handle unsupportive friends and family, and how to be green on a budget.

Paige Wolf is a publicist, author, and green living expert who uses her media savvy and personal moxie to promote manageable eco-chic living. Paige is the author of Spit That Out! The Overly Informed Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt and the owner of Paige Wolf Media and Public Relations, a B Corporation certified eco-friendly PR firm focused on sustainable clientele. Paige regularly appears on television as a green living expert and writes about green living and parenting for several publications. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two children, and American Hairless Terrier. Visit www.spitthatoutthebook.com for her blog on making green living practical, manageable, and affordable.

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Friday, February 3, 10:30am.
Shabbat Storytime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.


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!

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.

Fridays at 10:30am: 10/14, 11/4, 12/9, 1/20, 2/3, 3/3 (in costumes for Purim!), 3/31 (pre-Passover!), 5/5
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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  • Book Clubs

    POETRY IS NOT A LUXURY BOOK CLUB
    Fourth Wednesday, 7:00pm.

    BIG BLUE YOUNG ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION
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    Visit our book clubs page


    Other Ongoing Events

    POETRY ALOUD AND ALIVE
    Fourth Friday, 7:15pm.

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

    New! ON FRIDAYS, WE FIGHT BACK!
    Fridays, 2:00-6:00pm

    Read our full events listing


    Just for Kids

    BIG BLUE MARBLE STORY TIME
    Wednesdays, 10:00am.

    SHABBAT STORY TIME
    Monthly on Fridays, 10:30am.

    DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
    Thursdays, 4:30pm.

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