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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.

BOOKHOUSE proudly presents:


Friday, July 25, 2014

Your favorite Zydeco band Zydeco-a-Go-Go now has a smaller cousin called Pete Gumbo & The Hot Peppers, a trio consisting of piano, drums and tenor sax. These three musicians, all from Zydeco-a-Go-Go, play a special tribute to vintage New Orleans rock & roll classics from Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Smiley Lewis and the entire New Orleans rhythm & blues catalog from 50’s & 60’s & 70’s the “Golden Era.” Their songs hark back to a time in the Crescent City when rock & roll and rhythm & blues were one and the same. Fats Domino recorded #1 hit after #1 hit, Blueberry Hill, Walking To New Orleans, Blue Monday, I Want To Walk You Home etc. Professor Longhair was a legend in his own time, with big Mardi Gras hits like: Mardi Gras In New Orleans, Big Chief and Tipitinas. His 45’s from then are still today on every jukebox in the city. Allen Toussaint’s catalog of rhythm & blues hits is too many to list. He wrote songs for many of the greatest hitmakers of the day, like Irma Thomas (It’s Raining, Ruler Of My Heart, Time Is On My Side) Ernie K-Doe (Mother In Law, A Certain Girl, Ain’t It The Truth) Lee Dorsey (Working In A Coal Mine, Ride Your Pony, Yes We Can Can) and the list goes on...

Led by piano player and bandleader Pete Gumbo, on accordion, piano, and vocals, was a founding member of underground cult legends PHILLY GUMBO, backed Jamaican toaster BIG YOUTH, Nigerian Afro-Pop recording sensations THE LIJADU SISTERS, and has played piano with such artists as SLEEPY LaBEEF, BO DIDDLEY, and New Orleans own CHARLES HONEYBOY OTIS.  Drummer Bob Holden is a founding member of famous Philly R&B big band THE DUKES OF DESTINY and has backed local rock heroes like ROBERT HAZARD and QUINCY as well as national recording artists such as soul-singer TERRY EVANS and roots-blues legend OTIS RUSH. Bob got his start in music as a teenager drumming behind James Brown impersonator LEON & THE WORKOUTS.  Add to the gumbo the rock & roll soul sounds of tenor saxman, Bobby Michaels, one of Philly's busiest players, he often tours with THE SOUL SURVIVORS, THE DELFONICS and BILL HALEY JR. & THE COMETS, amongst others.

So whether it’s your first time or you already love New Orleans rock & roll, rhythm & blues, street parade second line funky jazz, or zydeco, the music is so catchy and upbeat you will be compelled to get up and dance! With Pete Gumbo & The Hot Peppers, it’s all about having fun and feeling good, and as they say in The Big Easy “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!” or “Let The Good Times Roll!”

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.


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 June 30, 2014