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Thursday, December 1, 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, December 2, 2:00-6:00pm.
On Fridays we Fight Back!
Electors, HOC, and Standing Rock.

This week, we'll be focusing on the Electoral College, on pressuring the House Oversight Committee, and supporting the Water Protectors at Standing Rock. We'll have info and materials for calls, email, letters, and postcards. Bring your phone! We'll also have tea, toys for kids, and community.

Sunday, December 4, 2:00pm.       Event for Kids!
Mary Ann Domanska, author of middle grade novel Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer.

In Mary Anne Domanska’s debut adventure for middle-grade readers, a gadget-loving girl discovers that her grandfather was a spy in World War II—and that he knew about a secret invention. Emily Michael Rizzle, nicknamed “Emic,” loves to pull devices apart, see how they work, and make new ones. She takes after her beloved grandfather, Gregor Rizzle, who died four years ago, when Emic was 8. He was a colonel in World War II, spoke five languages, and said strange things about someone named Tesla and a “free-energy generator.” Emic still has the musty old journal that Gregor gave her with “Nikola Tesla” written on its inside cover. “Keep it safe, child,” he told her. “This book could change the world.”

Mary Ann Domanska is a 2nd grade teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, Pa., where she has taught for the past thirteen years. Mary Ann earned a BFA in Performing Arts with a minor in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston, MA. There, she studied with the notable Latino poet, Martín Espada, and with Kristin Linklater, author of Freeing the Natural Voice. She spent her early career in Los Angeles where she held various positions in the entertainment industry including as a script reader for MGM Studios. She earned an M.F.A. in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College in 2001. She attended The Creative Writing Institute (graduate level) at Arcadia University where she completed Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer.

Sunday, December 4, 4:00-6:00pm. ***Postponed until January***
On Sundays, We Write!
Creating Memorable Characters with Kathleen Furin, MFA.

Kathleen Furin uses the Amherst Writers & Artists™ method to create a workshop experience in which writers of all backgrounds and experience levels write in response to prompts, focus on developing specific elements of craft, and share their writing with others (if desired). In this workshop our focus will be on creating memorable characters. Learn and practice specific techniques to develop engaging characters who stand out!
On Sundays We Write! is a new series of writing workshops at Big Blue Marble Bookstore. On every 1st and 3rd Sunday, from 4-6 pm, we'll be offering classes from some of Philly's best writing teachers.
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-memorable-characters-with-kathleen-furin-mfa-tickets-27718043414.

Kathleen Furin has an MFA in Fiction from NYU University and an MSW from Temple University. She has worked at Frances Goldin and Union Literary agencies. Her work has been published in Literary Mama, Permafrost, Philadelphia Stories, Salon, Apiary, and other journals and anthologies.

Thursday, December 8, 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, December 9, 10:30am.
Shabbat Storytime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.

Friday, December 9, 2:00-6:00pm.
On Fridays we Fight Back!
This week's details to come.

Bring your phone! We'll have materials, tea, toys for kids, and community.

Saturday, December 10, 6:00pm.
The Hunger Games Screening & Fan Activism Discussion.

Join SPEW for a screening of The Hunger Games, followed by a discussion about engaging youth in social justice causes, and how themes of economic inequality in The Hunger Games are relevant to our country today.
This event is ALL AGES, but please be aware that The Hunger Games is rated PG-13 and contains violent scenes. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the discussion with their kids. There will be a bake sale at the event and a place for donations to The Harry Potter Alliance!

Society for Philadelphians Encouraging Wizardry (SPEW) is the Philadelphia community chapter of The Harry Potter Alliance. The HPA engages youth in advocacy and activism by connecting themes from books and pop culture to real-world issues like economic inequality, LGBTQIA allyship, and access to education and books around the world.

Friday, December 16, 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.

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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: TBA.
More details on our Book Clubs page.


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, 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.

Sunday, December 4, 2:00pm.       Event for Kids!
Mary Ann Domanska, author of middle grade novel Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer.

In Mary Anne Domanska’s debut adventure for middle-grade readers, a gadget-loving girl discovers that her grandfather was a spy in World War II—and that he knew about a secret invention. Emily Michael Rizzle, nicknamed “Emic,” loves to pull devices apart, see how they work, and make new ones. She takes after her beloved grandfather, Gregor Rizzle, who died four years ago, when Emic was 8. He was a colonel in World War II, spoke five languages, and said strange things about someone named Tesla and a “free-energy generator.” Emic still has the musty old journal that Gregor gave her with “Nikola Tesla” written on its inside cover. “Keep it safe, child,” he told her. “This book could change the world.”

Mary Ann Domanska is a 2nd grade teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, Pa., where she has taught for the past thirteen years. Mary Ann earned a BFA in Performing Arts with a minor in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston, MA. There, she studied with the notable Latino poet, Martín Espada, and with Kristin Linklater, author of Freeing the Natural Voice. She spent her early career in Los Angeles where she held various positions in the entertainment industry including as a script reader for MGM Studios. She earned an M.F.A. in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College in 2001. She attended The Creative Writing Institute (graduate level) at Arcadia University where she completed Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer.

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

    BIG BLUE YOUNG ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION
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    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

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    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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