Maplewood Ideas Festival 2015


Maplewood Memorial Library is pleased to announce the lineup for our 2nd Annual Maplewood Ideas Festival, featuring authors, architects, innovators, artists and visionaries.

Except where noted, all programs will be held at Main Library. Some programs require registration.  This year’s events are as follows:

  • Mikel Frank and Gerard Ansellem, the Visual Passion Duo, will exhibit their work from March 2 through April 4. An Art & Music Reception will kick off the Festival on Saturday, March 14 at 2 pm. The music of Django Reinhardt will be performed by Martin Leys and Friends.
  • Richard T. Morris, author of the award-winning children’s book This is a Moose, and resident of Maplewood will lead families in Word Games With Moose! on Monday, March 16 at 7 pm at Main Library. The Moose from the award winning book This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld will be here LIVE with author Richard T. Morris to have fun with words, read a few books, and have a laugh out loud good time with language.  For children ages 3 ½ – 9 and their parents.
  • Explore the World of Edible Colors with Children’s Book author and illustrator, Maplewoodian Jennifer Vogel Bass on Wednesday, March 18 at 4 pm at Main Library. Come play with your food! A delightful discovery of the many shades of fruits and vegetables.  An interactive event for kids ages 3 ½ – 6.  Older children welcome, too.
  • A launch party for our new Create Space will be held at the Hilton Branch Library on Saturday, March 21 from 10 am to 1 pm. Participants will be able to create and print a custom Duplo using Rhino 3D CAD and  work on Raspberry Pi, Snap Circuit and craft projects. This program is in conjunction with NJ Makers Day, a day dedicated to celebrating and sharing Maker Culture.
  • A highlight of the Festival will be world-renowned architects Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman, in conversation at Columbia High School on Monday, March 23 at 7 pm. Meier’s achievements include the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. Among many worldwide projects, Eisenman designed the University of Phoenix Stadium, which hosted this year’s Super Bowl, and the Berlin Holocaust Memorial.  Both are graduates of Columbia High School. Registration is required. Register at .
  • Marc H. Morial is President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization. He was Mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2002 and currently resides in Maplewood. His talk, 20th Century Lessons for 21st Century America, will be held at Main Library on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 pm.
  • Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, Emmy-nominated, award winning, husband-and-wife filmmakers, will screen their new film, Love and Arguments, on Thursday, March 26 at 7 pm at Main Library. Love and Arguments is a film festival of fiction shorts; urban love stories that tackle truth, commitment, stereotypes, and morality, including some contemporary interpretations of stories by Jane Austen, Henry James, and Edith Wharton.  Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno create cutting-edge documentary, fiction, and museum installation art films that are widely distributed.  They are the recipients of major grants and fellowships and were commended by the State of NJ and the City of Newark for their contributions to cinema and public knowledge.
  • Internationally acclaimed author and Columbia High School graduate Paul Auster will receive the Maplewood Literary Award on Saturday, March 28 at 2 pm. The event is free, but tickets are required. Register at
  •  Broadway and Hollywood Costume Designer Ann Roth will be the featured guest on Monday, March 30 at 7 pm. Roth won an Academy Award for The English Patient and a Tony Award for The Nance.

All programs are free and open to the public. The Ideas Festival is made possible thanks to The Friends of the Maplewood Library, The Maplewood Library Foundation, The Maplewood Woman’s Club  and The Essex County Arts Council.

Maplewood Main Library is located at 51 Baker St. Hilton Branch Library is located at 1688 Springfield Ave.