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Friday, July 22, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Alina Macneal.
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, July 23, 6:00pm.
Countdown to Harry Potter Multi-Book Release Party, Week 6.

  • 6 pm - Activities: POTION MAKING! Mix your own magic - but you'll have to taste test it! AND Invent your own magic spells.
  • 7 pm - Screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Mt. Airy Village Event! Saturday, July 23, 7:00pm, in the Weavers Way Board Room, 555 Carpenter Lane.
Stephen Dinan brings an evolutionary, transpartisan vision in his new book Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All.

Big Blue Marble hosts activist Stephen Dinan as he shares his manifesto for social change that is both political and deeply spiritual. Infused with visionary power that transcends left or right political views, Sacred America, Sacred World is a manifesto for our country’s evolution that is both political and deeply spiritual. Filled with practical ideas and innovative strategies honed from the author’s work with over 1000 luminaries via The Shift Network, this book rings with a can-do entrepreneurial spirit and explains how America can lead the world toward peace, sustainability, health, and prosperity.

Stephen Dinan is the CEO of The Shift Network, which has served more than 600,000 globally. He is a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders group. As the former Director of Membership and Marketing at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he was the driving force behind the Shift in Action program. Stephen directed and helped to create the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers. He is the author of Radical Spirit (New World Library). He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.

Wednesday, July 27, 7:15pm. ***Meeting CANCELLED***
Memoir Book Group.

A cooperatively led memoir book group. We will meet the last Wednesday of the month, from 7:15pm-8:30pm. July selection: Red Azalea by Anchee Min.
This new book group replaces the Life Stories Book Group, in the same time slot.

Thursday, July 28, 5:00pm.

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 5-7pm!! Show up, or email Claire McGuire.
We also have folks interested in a table for adults meeting weekly or bi-weekly. If you're interested, email I'd Like to Play!
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:

Thursday, July 28, 7:00pm.
POSTPONED to August 18: The Grid and the River, Professor Elizabeth Milroy’s study of Philadelphia’s Green Spaces.

Friday, July 29, 6:00pm.
Countdown to Harry Potter Multi-Book Release Party, Week 7.

  • 6:45 pm - Reading of "The Tale of the Three Brothers".
  • 7 pm - Screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
  • Saturday, July 30 - Sunday, July 31, 6:00pm-12:01am and beyond!
    Double Release Party for Snape: A Definitive Reading by local author Lorrie Kim and for the published script of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Costumes encouraged for all!

    Happy birthday to (or perhaps from) Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling! The newest work in the Harry Potter world, the script for the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be released at midnight between Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31. This play, opening in London July 30 (with previews beginning June 7), takes place 19 years after Harry, Ron, and Hermione defeat Voldemort, and is a study of how family stories echo through generations.
    Any new Harry Potter release is a good enough reason for book lovers to party, but this summer we have EVEN MORE: local author Lorrie Kim, who is by her own description obsessed with Severus Snape, will also be releasing her character study of the Half-Blood Prince that same night. Called Snape: A Definitive Reading, the book is the perfect present for anyone who has ever melted at the single word "Always."

    • 6 pm - Screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
    • 8:30 pm - Starring Severus Snape! Celebration of Snape: A Definitive Reading, Lorrie Kim’s hot-off-the-press definitive study of the potions master. Come prepared for everything from trivia to passionate discussion.
    • 10:30 pm - Screening of Tom Felton Meets the Superfans, a special documentary on the world of Harry Potter
    • 12:01 am - Get your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
    • Reserve your copy of either book (or both) by emailing:

    Sunday, July 31, 3:00-5:00pm.
    A Mother-Daughter Tea with author Cat Meyers.

    Come join us for afternoon tea, as we watch the Cat Meyer's novel Boy Toy come to life with the help of the actors of Parable Players of Philadelphia. Boy Toy is the coming-of-age story of Toya, a 16 year old girl who has been in six different foster homes. She arrives at foster home #7, abandoned, abused and angry—but it is in this home that she finds her healing. This event is not just for mothers and daughters. Invite your grandmothers, godmothers, aunties, sisters, neighbors, and best friends too. Together, we will laugh, cry, and cheer for Toya in her journey toward becoming whole. Light refreshments will be served. Cat will be signing copies of Boy Toy after the event.


    Wednesday, August 3, 7:00pm.
    Publishing for Poets with Elliott batTzedek.

    Print journals, online journals, famous journals, upstart journals, submission services, contests, open reading periods -- how's a poet supposed to navigate all of this and still have time to write? In this 2 hour workshop, Elliott will introduce you to the world of poetry publications.
    More details, including cost and registration info, on our Classes page.

    New: Blue and Green Reading Series! Thursday August 4, 7:00pm, in the Weavers Way Garage, 542 Carpenter Lane.
    Vance Lehmkuhl, author of V is for Veg.

    V for Veg is a collection of the many vegan food columns that Vance Lehmkuhl has written for the Philadelphia Daily News over the past several years. Celebrating the culture and quality of Philadelphia's vibrant and ever-evolving vegan scene, this book is filled with wit, humor, and good information about the vegan/vegetarian plant-based community in Philadelphia. The book covers many of the events, personalities, restaurants, and industries that have grown up in and around veganism in our immediate region. Vance will be discussing the benefits of veganism and reading from the book. Come shake hands with Vance, share some kale chips and other refreshments with us, learn more about the book, and pick up your own signed copy!

    The Blue and Green Reading Series is a shared project of Weavers Way Co-op and Big Blue Marble Bookstore and features authors and books about food, ecology, and social justice issues.

    Friday, August 5, 10:30am.
    Shabbat Storytime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

    Kids' event: More details below.

    Wednesday, August 10, 6:00pm.
    Queer Literary Alliance Book Group.

    QLA is a monthly book club open to everyone, focusing on queer books. Queer books exist in every genre and we hope to celebrate that, intentionally focusing on books by non-white people, non-cis folk, people with disabilities, and other identities sometimes marginalized by the greater queer community. We will meet 2nd Wednesdays of the month at 6:00pm. August's book: Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttenlin.

    Classes at Big Blue Marble

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

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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!

    Fridays at 10:30am: 7/8, 8/5, 9/16, 10/14, 11/4, 12/9
    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.

    Final Sundays, 5:00pm. (On hiatus for the summer.)
    Not-Bored Family Board Game Night.

    Join us for an evening of fun for all ages with new and classic board games. We'll be playing the final Sunday of every month. Game time for younger kids starts at 5 pm, and Teen/Adult games start at 7 pm.

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