Announcing the 2018 Ideas Festival March 10-24

Ideas Festival Logo 2018

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. Here’s this year’s lineup!

Ideas Festival 2018 poster

Saturday, March 10

nj makers day

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.


Philip 1 by Onnie StrotherArt & 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

Hazel ClarkOlympic 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.  Andy Martino






Wednesday, March 14

Carrie GoldbergVictim’ 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.




Joy Peskin Thursday, March 15

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

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 SolomonNancy Solomon, Matt Katz, and Sarah Gonzalez 7:00 pm at Main Library

Public Radio and Storytelling for the Ear

At a time when newspapers are struggling to stay afloat and laying off reporters who once covered local news, public radio – and its offspring, podcasting – are flourishing. WNYC’s Nancy Solomon, Matt Katz and Sarah Gonzalez talk about what makes storytelling for the ear work, and why audio is in the midst of a boom.  We’ll talk about how we make stories, our successes and failures, and why podcasting is such a rapidly growing medium. We’ll play some stories and pull back the curtain on working at WNYC, the nation’s biggest NPR member station.

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 Chrisite through scandal and presidential candidacy and was a featured reporter on the Christie Tracker Podcast. Matt Katz

Sarah Gonzalez






Marina Budhos

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.




The Ideas Festival is funded by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts (supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts), The Friends of the Maplewood Library, The Maplewood Library Foundation, The Maplewood Woman’s Club and [words] Bookstore.