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Welcome! You have found the BookHouse, home of the Eastern Monroe Public Library's series of cultural programs. Programs generally take place on the fourth Friday of each month, except for August and December. Admission is free, and refreshments are available for a modest charge.

The intention of the BookHouse is to provide a venue for literary and musical events that are outside of the commercial and literary mainstream. Suggestions are always welcome. To suggest a BookHouse performer, or to sign up for monthly email reminders on upcoming programs, send email to: bookhouse@monroepl.org

Doors will open at 7 p.m. the night of each event, and the performance will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. Please plan to arrive before the scheduled starting time. All BookHouse programs are free and open to the public. The BookHouse program takes place in the Edinger Community Room of Eastern Monroe Public Library, located at 1002 North 9th Street (Rt. 611 and Chipperfield Drive) in Stroudsburg. For more information call (570) 421-0800, x312.

Bookhouse would like to introduce you to the Friends of the EMPL and their cultural activities.  The Friends, a not-for-profit organization, is best known for their giant Annual June Book Sale. Click here for 2013 cultural events schedule.

The Bookhouse is not affiliated with the Friends of EMPL but is pleased to present a wonderful friend to our community.”

Upcoming BookHouse Events

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all events begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Edinger Community Room at Hughes Library.

 Friday, May 16, 2014

Najwa Parkins is a vocalist, educator, composer, and lyricist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Najwa holds a Bachelors degree from the Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance. A versatile artist, Najwa is a member of Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra, prohibition era and gypsy jazz quartet, Hot Bijouxx,   award winning children’s music group,  Alex and the  Kaleidoscope Band, as well as the band leader for her own jazz quartet, Najwa Parkins and the After Hours Trio.

Najwa released her debut album, Not the Next Someone Else, in 2011.  In 2013, she toured with the American repertory theater company, Mad River Theater Works.  As an actress, vocalist, and trombonist in the play, Najwa originated the lead character in the company’s original production of The Pasture.
Najwa has shared the stage with Benny Golson, Larry McKenna, Bob Dorough, Nellie McKay, Nicholas Payton, Phil Woods and Branford Marsalis. She has performed all over the United States in various schools and performance venues including, but not limited to, The Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena, CA, The Kimmel Center, The Barnes Foundation, The Deer Head Inn, and The Twin City Opera House. Najwa is the featured vocalist on the 2013 release, New Celebration, by Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra. She can be seen and heard on the brand new television show, Alex and the Kaleidoscope, which premiered in March 2014.

Doors to the BookHouse, will open at 7PM. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.  Refreshments will be available for a small charge. Please plan to arrive prior to the scheduled starting time. All Bookhouse programs take place in the Edinger Community Room of the Hughes Building, Eastern Monroe Public Library, located at 1002 North 9th Street, Stroudsburg.  For more information, please call Linnae Cintron at 570-421-0800 x312 or visit www.monroepl.org/bookhouse.html .

The BookHouse 2014

Najwa Parkins & the  After Hours Trio - Jazz - May 16th
Clipper Erickson - Pianist - June 20th
Peter Gumbo & The Hot Peppers - New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Jazz Classics - July 25th
Mustard’s Retreat (David Tamulevich & Michael Hough)  -–  Folk musicians - Sept. 19th
Musical Duo “Sage”  (Phil Carollo & Maria Pennello) - Rock/Blues/Pop  - Oct. 17th

Take a look at our Photograph Gallery of past BookHouse events.

Connect to the webpages of some of our past BookHouse performers using the links below:

Saycon Sengbloh

Joe Lutton and Lee Morgan

Too Human

The Homegrown String Band

Maxwell Kofi Donkor & Sankofa

Silk City

Najwa Parkins

Peter Biedermann

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen

Four Shillings Short

Tom & Sandy Doyle

Toby Walker

Judy Cook

last updated April 8, 2014