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Current Ongoing Programs

Chess Classes

Drop-In Chess Classes Are Back

at the Millburn Public Library!


Friends of the Millburn Library are thrilled to announce that Chess Master Scott Massey has returned to the library to offer chess classes on Saturday afternoons!


Scott will be offering classes from children at all levels.

1:00-4:55 pm

(Beginner 1-2; Intermediate 2:05-3:20; Advanced 3:25-4:55 pm)

September 11, 18, 25

October 9. 16, 23, 30

November 6, 13, 20

December 4, 11, 18 


No pre-registration is required.

Classes are $20/per class, payable by cash or check.

Questions :- friends@millburnlibray.org

Museum Passes

The Friends sponsor the MFPL’s thriving museum pass program, providing free or reduced admission to a number of museums and cultural institutions in the area. Museums in the program that are currently open and accepting passes are: MOMA, Guggenheim Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Montclair Art Museum and Intrepid, Air & Space Museum

For more details about the Friends museum pass program and updated information click here.

Member-Merchant Initiative

The Friends Member-Merchant Initiative is a brand new benefit designed to support local Millburn-Short Hills businesses and strengthen Millburn library ties with the community. 

Show your Friends membership card to enjoy benefits at various 

participating businesses in the Millburn-Short Hills community.

For more details about the Friends Member-Initiative program and updated information:

Fireside Book Club

The Fireside Book Club meets monthly on Mondays at 7:00 pm via ZOOM. Books are on reserve at the reference desk and electronically. Discussions are lively and will be led by the author, a member of the library staff, or other special guests. Fireside Book Club meetings are free and open to the public. Registration is required to receive the ZOOM link.


October 4- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Facilitator: Marilyn Petrokubi


November 1- Leave the World Behind by Rumann Alam

Facilitator: Liz Miller-Boose


December 6- Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Facilitator: Sarah Pardi


January 3- Nowhere Girl by Cheryl Diamond

Facilitator: Dorothy Kelly


February 7- We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

Facilitator: Jon Michaud


March 7- Kent State by Derf Backderf


April 4- The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron

Facilitator: Amy Ipp


May 2- Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Facilitator: Sara Sherman


June 6- TBD


Little Free Libraries

Looking for a great read? Come check out one of our Little Free Libraries. Friends of the Millburn Library maintains LFLs in Taylor Park and at the Short Hills Train Station.

We have resumed stocking our LFLs and refill them with wonderful

selections periodically.

Friends of the Millburn Library Board Meetings

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

via ZOOM

October 4, November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6


All meetings are open to Public. Please email us if you would like to attend:


Upcoming Events

Fireside Book Club


Leave the World Behind

by Rumaan Alam


2020 National Book Award Finalist


Monday, Nov. 1, 2021

7:00 pm

Virtual/Zoom Meet



Moderated by

Liz Miller-Boose


“An exceptional read that will stay with you long after you’ve sped through its final pages.” -- USA Today

 

“It is the rarest of books: a genuine thriller, a brilliant distillation of our anxious age, and a work of high literary merit that deserves a place among the classics of dystopian literature." -- Washington Post


Books are on reserve at the Reference desk at the New Temporary Location of The Millburn Free Public Library at 253 Millburn Avenue, which is scheduled to open on Friday, October 8th at 1:00pm.

or can be accessed via Libby/Overdrive.


The zoom link will be emailed prior to the event.

Registration opens at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 18.

Whoopie Pie Making with Sweet Samantha


Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 pm

Zoom Workshop

Recommended for Adults


Ever heard of a “whoopie pie”? Ever bitten into a “black moon” or a “gob”? These are all names for the whoopie pie, considered a New England classic and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition. Do you consider this treat a cookie, a pie, a sandwich, or a cake? Join the Friends of the Millburn Library in learning from the best, Sweet Samantha, as we make our very own “BFO” (for Big Fat Oreo). It is made of two round mound-shaped pieces of cake with a sweet creamy filling. Register soon to learn, bake, and taste for yourself why Maine considers the whoopie pie its official state treat.

Samantha Kestin graduated from Millburn High School. She is a former professional cake decorator and owner of the renowned baking school Sweet Samantha, in Springfield, NJ. Samantha’s cakes have been featured in national magazines over the years. She is also a two-time Food Network competitor and runner up on Cake Wars!

Registration is required. Ingredient list will be provided to registrants in advance.

Registrations open at 7:00pm Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Fall Museum Night


Expectation & Innovation: Italian Women Artists 1500-1800

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

7:00pm - 8:30pm

VIRTUAL / ONLINE


Join Friends of the Millburn Library for a virtual Museum Night. Art historian and long-time lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Larissa Bailiff will offer a visually vibrant discussion of a group of important Italian women artists from the early modern period.


Ms. Bailiff’s talk coincides with the groundbreaking exhibition, “By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500-1800,“ now on view at the Wadsworth Atheneum. This stunning show offers a rare opportunity to experience masterpieces by Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Rosalba Carriera and others, brought together for the first time on American soil, within the intimate setting of the Wadsworth’s galleries.



Registrations open at 7:00 pm Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Pain Management


Wednesday, December 8

7:00 pm-8:00 pm


Dr. Aditi Menon session on pain management

(Snow Date: December 15)

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