Fried Green Tomatoes at MPL

Fried Green Tomatoes Day, courtesy of MPL and MAM, aims to obtain positive results from the community by tapping into their creativity.

MPL and MAM team up to celebrate Fried Green Tomatoes Day.

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Photo courtesy of Montclair Public Library.

On Thursday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m., the Montclair Public Library will host a “Fried Green Tomatoes Day” to celebrate the Montclair Art Museum’s do it exhibition that launches this September.

MAM reached out to MPL to ask us to participate in their do it exhibit. As a partner with MAM in their creation of XXL Color Books, the library wanted to have an event that helps to encourage the community to visit and explore the rest of the do it exhibit. Fried Green Tomatoes Day is a programming element that incorporates the concept of the exhibit,” said Chelsea Dodd, Supervisor at Montclair Public Library.

The Museum’s do it exhibit features conceptual instructions for art provided by renowned artists. The Museum’s jumbo XXL Color Books will be used by the library for a Fried Green Tomatoes Day, which feature pages from Fannie Flagg’s novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.

MPL will screen the film Fried Green Tomatoes in the library’s auditorium, with a discussion and coloring activity to follow. Fried green tomatoes will be served. The library will also use the Museum’s do it jumbo prints of Dr. Seuss’ One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish for future programs.

“We hope to open a historical discussion regarding themes within the movie including race relations and feminism.  The coloring activity should serve as an interesting way for people to tune in to their thoughts about the film, and incorporate the concept of the do it exhibit,” said Dodd.

Registration is recommended. For more information or to register, please visit or call 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.

“I am most excited to use MAM’s XXL Color Books as a way to bring together film, art, and literature.  Fusing art into library programs is always a great experience, particularly in this instance where library patrons will get to actively participate in creating the artwork,” said Jill DeMarco, Information Specialist at Montclair Public Library.

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