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Wednesday, June 28, 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. June's book: Bartram's Garden by Eleanor Stanford, who will be visiting us that night.
More details on our Book Clubs page.

Thursday, June 29, 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.


Thursday, July 6, 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, July 8, 7:00pm.
Reading with Ceatrice Beard, author of Harassment Park: Working with Poorly Behaved Adults in Public Schools.

Ugly, dangerous, terrifying, no boundaries, and even unlawful – descriptions of some of the experiences teacher and administrator Ceatrice Beard has had with adults in the public school systems over the years. While happily acknowledging the innumerable wonderful experiences in those schools, Beard has written a new book, Harassment Park, in order to help create the schools that children need and deserve. These bad behaviors by adults, are, she believes, the single most damaging entity in the education environment, yet they are never discussed. In Harassment Park, Beard takes us on a safari through the embodied species of bad behaviors, offering examples and constructive suggestions for each. In her presentation, she’ll help the audience learn to identify these behaviors based on how children describe their interactions with these adults and then learn how best to intervene. Wine, cheese, and snacks will be provided.

Sunday, July 9, 7:00pm.
Reading with Liliana Velásquez, author of Dreams and Nightmares / Sueños y Pesadillas.

What if you had to flee your country by yourself when you were 14? In the last five years, over 200,000 minors have fled their countries in Central America and Mexico and traveled north without their families, only to be caught by immigration at the U.S. Border. Liliana Velásquez is one of them. On Sunday, July 9th, she'll be visiting the store to share her book and her story. Dreams and Nightmares / Sueños y Pesadillas is a remarkable memoir by teenager Liliana Velásquez, who at fourteen years old fled horrific violence and poverty in Guatemala and headed out alone for the United States. Local author Mark Lyons met with Liliana over 45 times and transcribed her story in both Spanish and English.

Friday, July 28, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Amy Small McKinney.
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, July 30, 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. July's book: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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!

New! Saturdays, 13:00am.
Big Blue Marble Story Time with Jenna Faccenda.

Grab your infant or toddler, your morning brew from High Point, and join us for reading, singing, and fun. Led by new staffer, and mom of 3 year old C.J., Jenna Faccenda!

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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