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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, Sept. 19, 2014

What would you call a person who is on a first name basis with almost all of the major folk musicians in the North American continent, who has an astounding grasp of the folk music genre both past and present, who manages to be a husband, father, teacher, writer, and excellent folk music performer? The answer, of course, is Matt Watroba.

Matt brings a very special set of talents to the stage whenever he appears as a folk musician. His excellent guitar playing, mellow voice, friendship with his audience, and knowledge of his presentations is impressive. Add to that Matt’s own special brand of humor and you are in for a most entertaining and enlightening evening. You will feel his obvious love of folk music, both traditional and contemporary--the writers and performers, the heroes and villains. Matt sings songs of compassion, inner strength, humor, and every day living. He sings songs that you will feel and remember for a long time. You will love his music, you will love the journey that his music takes you on, and you will love the place that his music takes you to.

His love of folk music has led him to his position of Producer/Announcer at WKSU FolkAlley.com at Kent State University. He was formerly the radio host for "Folks Like Us," a position he held for over 20 years on WDET-FM (Detroit). He was awarded "Best Overall Folk Performer" by the Detroit Music Awards for the year 2000, and his long list of credits include the prestigious Ann Arbor Folk Festival, the Detroit 300 celebration, The Ark, the Spirit of the Woods Festival, the New Jersey Folk Weekend, Louisville’s Kentucky Music Weekend, and hundreds of school and community presentations throughout the Great Lakes Region. He has shared the stage with some of our greatest performers, including Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Shawn Colvin, Christine Lavin, Peter Yarrow, and Richard Thompson.

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 September 17, 2014