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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.
An Evening with
       Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Maxwell Kofi Donkor first learned the skills essential to a drummer at his grandfather’s knee, in his native village, Otumi, located in Ghana, West Africa.  As a teenager, he was commissioned like many Ghanaian youths, to carry on the traditions of his ancestors and performed for a number of years with the Folklore ensemble of Ghana. He became a master drummer before he graduated from the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, where his studies focused on his nation’s culture, sculpture, rural art, and industry. His educational study, combined with his life-long exposure to the music and culture of his Asante village, gave him a uniquely comprehensive grasp of traditional African daily life.

Since his arrival to the US, Kofi has been teaching art to children as well as adults. The programs he has been involved in range from teaching special needs  children to use clay, potter’s wheels, kilns, and woodworking tools, to elementary, secondary, and university level school programs in the areas of African dance,  sculpture, traditional Adinkra hand printing, drumming, drummaking, and storytelling.
Kofi has been instrumental in forming a significant number of drum circles in the tri-state region. His experience as a teacher of the arts has given him a unique grasp of the subtle nuances of group interaction. His drum circles are a place of understanding, support, and growth for people of all ages and all levels   of drumming.  The type of drumming that Kofi does not only “penetrates the body, mind, soul, and spirit, but also brings a balance into a person’ it is, in fact, the heartbeat of humanity, balancing the negative and positive energies of the everyday hectic life in the community.” He has played with such nationally known drummers:  as Babatunde Olatunji, and his Drums of Passion, Mickey Hart, Sikiru, and Camara.

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 2015

Marc Berger - Country Folk - March 27th
Matt Daniel Band - Pianist - May 15th
Hiroya Tsukamoto - Guitarist/Composer - June 26th
Cedric Liqueur - Solo Presentation “Rocks in My Bed: Duke Ellington & His Music”  - July 24th
Mustard’s Retreat (David Tamulevich & Michael Hough)  –  Folk Singer/Songwriters - Sept. 25th
Regina Sayles - Pop/Jazz/Soul/Country - Oct. 16th 


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 January 19, 2015