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5th Annual Maplewood Ideas Festival: Here’s the Lineup

From the Maplewood Memorial Library:

Maplewood Memorial Library is about to launch the 5th Annual Ideas Festival, celebrating the talent and creativity of our community. The Festival will run from Saturday, March 10 to Saturday, March 24.

This year, acclaimed author Marina Budhos will receive the Maplewood Literary Award.

Marina Budhos (credit Franck Lazare)

Here’s the full lineup:

Saturday, March 10

New Jersey Makers Day, 10:00 am -1:00 pm at Hilton Branch

Makers Day features Space, Tech, and Maker projects for kids, teens & adults. This year’s projects will include: The Wind Tunnel Challenge, Build An Analog Clock, Make Your Own Art Spinner, Arduino Pen Plotter, String Art with Maplewoodshop, and Escape Room.

Art & Music Reception, 3:00 pm at Main Library

Our Ideas Festival exhibit is a The Last of the Hawks, a photo essay by Onnie Strother of the men and women who sell newspapers on the corners of Newark, and mortar and mixed media sculpture by Eric Beckerich. Live music will be provided by Los Traficantes del Amor, playing 80’s & 90’s music with a Latin twist.

Monday, March 12

Olympic Runner Hazel Clark with Writer Andy Martino, 7:00 pm at Main Library

CHS graduate Clark is known as one of the strongest US middle distance front runners of her time and is a three time Olympian and World Olympic finalist. Martino is a writer, reporter and broadcaster and is currently a reporter and analyst for the SNY network.

Wednesday, March 14

Victim’ rights attorney Carrie Goldberg, 7:00 pm at Main Library

Goldberg fights for targets of stalking, sexual assault, and blackmail. Her firm provides cutting edge legal help for clients under attack, and she is currently representing a victim of the disgraced Harvey Weinstein. 

Thursday, March 15

Joy Peskin and Leila Sales, 7:00 pm at Main Library

Peskin is the editorial director of Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. Sales is an editor at Penguin Young Readers Group and the author of six middle grade and young adult novels.

Wednesday, March 21

Nancy Solomon and Matt Katz, 7:00 pm at Main Library

Solomon is the managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio. She has produced more than a hundred stories for NPR and has won a Peabody Award for Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students. Katz reports on air at WNYC about immigration, refugees and national security. He covered former governor Christie through scandal and presidential candidacy and was a featured reporter on the Christie Tracker Podcast.

Saturday, March 24

Marina Budhos, receiving the Maplewood Literary Award, 2:00 pm at Main Library

Budhos is an author of award-winning fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent fiction work is Watched, a follow-up to Ask Me No Questions, which takes on surveillance in a post 9/11 era. Her books have been published in several countries and her short stories, articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in many major publications.

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