Friday, September 8, 2023

Speranza Theatre Company Presents "A Chain Around the World" and The Nellie Bly Book Club

Join the Union Public Library on Saturday, September 23, from 10:00 AM - 4:45 PM for Celebrating Unity through Community Arts: A Day of Performance and Poetry. This in-person, ASL, and Spanish language inclusive. 

Celebrating Unity through Community Arts is designed as a literary and performing arts workshop to engage the Union Township and County community through poetry and literature and opportunities to engage with the poetry community and others.

Teaching and performing artists will conduct workshops with open mics and Q & A sessions. The artists selected for this exhibit have deep community connections with Union Township and Union County. They include: Ameerah Shabazz-Bilal, Lisa Gil, Mwikali Mundi, Michelle Cruz, and Susan Justiniano | RescuePoetix.

The event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve free tickets visit 

For more information, please email Debbie Walter, Adult Services Librarian, Union Public Library, at

The Nellie Bly Book Club

Thank you for your interest in the Nellie Bly Book Club! We are thrilled to welcome you to a special performance of Speranza's new historical play, A CHAIN AROUND THE WORLD by Jennie Contuzzi, followed by an exciting book club discussion for both adults & children. We have limited courtesy copies of each book for families in need.

Adult Book Club

Book: Around the World in 72 Days by Nellie Bly

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 6:30pm-8:30pm
This book club session will take place after a special VIP dress rehearsal performance. Wine & cheese will be served! (20 Slots)

Children's Book Club

Book: Who Was Nellie Bly? by Margaret Gurevich

WHEN: Sunday, September 17, 2023, 1:30pm-3:00pm
This book club session will take place after Sunday's matinee. Children are asked to bring a picnic lunch!

WHERE: Both play performances & book club sessions will take place at The Apple Tree House (298 Academy St, Jersey City, NJ 07306).