Big Blue Marble        Big Blue Marble Bookstore        Big Blue Marble
A neighborhood bookstore for Mt Airy and beyond


> Skip to Kids' Events


Wednesday, April 20, 7:00pm.
Jon McGoran introduces his newest eco-thriller, Dust Up.

Big Blue Marble favorite Jon McGoran returns with the 3rd book in his Detective Doyle Carrick series. In Dust Up, Carrick follows a case to Haiti, where he must untangle a web of deceit and unconscionable corporate greed in order to stop an epidemic of even greater evil before it is released onto an unsuspecting world.

Thursday, April 21, all day.       National Poetry Month Event
Poem in Your Pocket Day!
It's national Poem in Your Pocket Day! To celebrate, we invite you to come read us a poem from your pocket (or recite a poem from your head) and get 10% off an item. Don't have a poem? On the counter there's a collection of small poems written by local schoolkids -- feel free to pick one up! You also have the option of standing before our big open window on the second floor and declaiming your favorite poem to the store at large.

Sunday, April 24.
New! 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.

Wednesday, April 27, 7:15pm.
Memoir Book Group.

A cooperatively led memoir book group. We will meet the last Wednesday of the month, from 7:15pm-8:30pm. April selection: H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.
This new book group replaces the Life Stories Book Group, in the same time slot.

Thursday, April 28, 7:00pm.
Big Blue Young Adult Book Discussion with Jen Sheffield.

An open discussion group for adults who read YA and teens who like to talk about books. We meet the fourth Thursdays of the month at 7:00pm. April's selection: Fat Angie by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo.

Friday, April 29, 7:15pm.       National Poetry Month Event
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Eliza Callard.
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.


Wednesday, May 4, 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.

Saturday, May 7, 7:00pm.       National Poetry Month Event
Poetry So Good a Month Can't Hold It All!
April couldn't hold all of the great poetry events in Philly, so we're closing out the month in May with 5 Amazing Local Poets: Dave Worrell, Susan Windle, Hila Ratzabi, Nicole Rollender, and Hanoch Guy. Beauty, humor, spirit, resistance, and snacks. Join us!

Wednesday, May 11, 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. May's book: Blood, Wine, Marriage and Glitter by S. Bear Bergman.

Friday, May 13, 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

bead maze

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: 1/8, 2/5, 3/11 (Purim-themed - costumes welcome!), 4/15 (Passover-themed), 5/13, 6/3
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, April 24, 5:00pm.
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.

Visit Us

551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119


Public Transit Directions

Mon: 11-6
Tue-Wed: 10-6
Thurs-Fri: 10-7
Sat-Sun: 10-6

Join Our Mailing List

Subscribe to our events mailing list(s).

To change lists, click "Update Profile" link within a newsletter.

Follow Us

Check out our Blog
Follow us on Twitter

Contact Us



  • info
  • orders
  • outreach
  • web manager

  • Book Clubs

    Fourth Thursday, 7:00pm.

    Second Wednesday, 6:00pm.

    Final Wednesday, 7:15pm.

    Visit our book clubs page

    Other Monthly Events

    Fourth Friday, 7:30pm.

    Final Sunday, 5:00pm/7:00pm

    Read our full events listing

    Just for Kids

    Wednesdays, 10:00am.

    Monthly on Fridays, 10:30am.

    Read events for kids