Montclair Public Library Foundation Awarded Grant for Open Book/Open Mind Series at Montclair Public Library


The Montclair Public Library Foundation is thrilled to announce it has received a grant from The Montclair Foundation in support of its Open Book/Open Mind (OBOM) conversation series. This grant allows the series to continue to provide illuminating and educational programming free of charge to the Montclair community and beyond.

The Montclair Foundation’s grant program is intended to support a broad range of activities and organizations that contribute to the quality of life in Montclair and its environs. “We are honored that The Montclair Foundation believes in the mission and impact of the series to the Montclair community,” says MPL Library Director, Peter Coyl.

Open Book/Open Mind is a series of interactive conversations featuring authors and thinkers on important issues of our time. OBOM has presented 30 conversations since its inception in January 2015 with over 4,600 attendees. In the first half of 2018, six conversations have taken place with topics ranging from crafting fiction to closing the gender gap. Four conversations are already on the books for fall including author Tayari Jones discussing her best-selling novel “An American Marriage.”

Past guests have included Bobbi Brown, Jacqueline Woodson, Christina Baker Kline, Maureen Dowd, Lawrence O’Donnell, Isabel Allende, Dale Russakoff, Anna Quindlen, Charles Blow, Alan Cumming, and Jonathan Alter.

For more information or to make a donation to the Montclair Public Library Foundation, please visit For questions, please contact Anita Peterson, Foundation Manager at or 973-744-0500


Montclair Public Library

Founded April 11, 1893, the Montclair Public Library serves the citizens of Montclair at the Main Library at 50 South Fullerton Avenue and the Bellevue Avenue Branch at 185 Bellevue Avenue. The Library aims to change lives every day through words, ideas, and community connections. Last year, the Library had over 32,000 members and circulated more than 420,000 items. More information about the library can be found at

Montclair Public Library Foundation

The Montclair Public Library Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that develops philanthropic support for the MPL. Established in 2002, the MPL Foundation provides funds to increase funding for library programs, collection enhancement, staff development, special projects and other critical needs that exceed municipal funding.

The Montclair Foundation

The Montclair Foundation is a nonprofit that awards grants to charitable organizations in the greater Montclair area. Equally important is the Foundation’s strong commitment to the historic preservation of the Van Vleck House and Gardens for the education, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment of the community. The Foundation serves as a vehicle for those who wish to make lasting investments in our community’s future through philanthropic contributions and bequests. For more information, please visit


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