Here are some adult events and programs happening this week, from Monday 9/23 to Sunday 9/29! For a complete look at what’s happening at the library this month including children’s, teen, and Franklin Park programs, please click here for our online calendar!
Author Talk: The Franklin Park Tragedy by Brian Armstrong – Monday, 9/23 at 7pm.
The Franklin Park Tragedy (The History Press August 19, 2019) by Brian Armstrong tells the story of how on March 1, 1894, two African American men broke into a home in rural Franklin Park and murdered a white woman and her daughter before her husband fought and killed the attackers. The newspapers called it the ‘Franklin Park Tragedy,’ and the story attracted public attention nationally and abroad. Another tragedy came afterward, with the racist forced expulsion of many local African American residents. Author Brian Armstrong tells the shocking story of this ‘sundown town’ and how it evolved into today’s diverse community.
Author Brian Armstrong will give a talk (with Q&A) on the subject of his book. A book signing will conclude the event. Books will be available for sale for $20 (cash only).
Brian Armstrong is a historian, researcher, and author. Native to New Jersey, Armstrong is now a resident of Mount Laurel, NJ. He received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from American University. He was the president of the South River Historical and Preservation Society for ten years and is now the vice president of the League of Historical Societies (Central Region). He is co-author of South River (Arcadia Publishing 2015). Armstrong lectures throughout the state of New Jersey on local history and other topics.
Basic English Conversation Group (LVSC) – Tuesday, 9/24 at 1pm *Held in the Community Room*
Zumba Gold Chair + Pilates – Wednesday, 9/25 at 2pm.
Manhattan Short Film Festival – Friday, 9/27 at 2pm.
Join film lovers from around the world as we show the finalist films in the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, now in its 22nd year. The festival will screen the 10 best short films submitted from around the world.
The Library will hold three screenings, on September 27 at 2 pm, Thursday, October 3 at 6 pm and after-hours on Friday, October 4 at 6 pm. Attendees will view the films before voting for the best film and best actor at the conclusion of the program. Please note that some or all of the films may contain adult content and language not suitable for children. Registration is required. Please click here to register.
MANHATTAN SHORT film festival trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXE9aLt1aBY
Visit Us at Franklin Day! Saturday, 9/28 at 12pm to 5pm.