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Wednesday, May 24, 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. May's book: Waiting for the Light by Alicia Ostriker.

Thursday, May 25, 4:30pm.

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, May 26, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Cole Eubanks.
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 31, 8:00am-9:00pm!
Leaves of Grass - A Marathon Reading on Whitman's Birthday

Join us for a new tradition in celebration of Walt Whitman's 198th birthday: the 1st Annual Marathon Reading of Leaves of Grass. Philly writers and readers will be joining us in shifts all day as we read the entire collection aloud. We'll start with coffee and bagels and the 1855 edition at 8 am, then move on to the entire 1891-92 final edition.
Readers can sign up for slots at If this is not an option for you, please call the store and ask a staffer to add you to the document.
We'll be live-webcasting parts of the day, and are planning music, food, and other special surprises. Claim your slot, and come join the celebration!


Thursday, June 1, 4:30pm.

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, June 3, all day.
Fundraiser for C.W. Henry School families.

Our hearts have gone out to the teachers, students, and parents at our neighborhood school. When news came on May 15 that 8th graders on a field trip were in a bus accident in Maryland, the neighborhood pulled together to find ways to help. We are planning a silent auction on Saturday June 3rd as a fundraiser for families affected by the accident, with donations from businesses, authors, and artists. The auction will close at 5 pm. Winners will be announced at a celebration at 7 pm, featuring readings and musical performances. More details to come.

Sunday, June 4, 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. Early June book (rescheduled from May): The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Sunday, June 4, 4:00-6:00pm.
On Sundays, We Write!
Breathe and Write: Calming our minds and getting to work, with Susan Barr-Tolman.

Often when we finally get the time to write, we question whether we should be doing something else, if it’s a selfish act, if we’re any good or what we should be writing. Give yourself an afternoon to calm the mind through mindfulness meditation and writing exercises and stop those critical thoughts so you can get down to work.
On Sundays We Write! is a 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.
The workshop is $20, and registration is required:

Susan Barr-Tolman writes about love, loss and mindfulness. Her debut novel When Love Was Clean Underwear was selected by Ann Hood as the winner of the Many Voices Project’s Fiction Prize 2007. With her sister, artist Sarah Barr, she published the children’s picture book Mary Mulgrew, What Did You Do? A Pushcart nominee, she has had work in Watershed Review, r.kv.r.y. quarterly literary journal, and Literary Mama, among others. Her short story “Town Watch” was anthologized in South Philly Fiction. For nearly a decade, Susan has taught creative writing through her workshops, as well as undergraduate and graduate classes at Temple University and Rosemont College. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. A student of writing and mindfulness, she tries to practice each every day.

Thursday, June 8, 4:30pm.

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.

Sunday, June 11, 2:00pm.
The dangerous space where curiosity melds with fear: 2 authors.

Big Blue Marble welcomes two writers from one of our favorite Independent presses, Red Hen: Siel Ju, the author of the novel-in-stories Cake Time, winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award, and Celeste Gainey, author of the poetry collection the Gaffer (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2015). Join us for an afternoon of great women writers, plus cupcakes!

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.

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:

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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