Baby Boomers and cannabis, maternal journaling, poets like Springsteen…it’s just another week at words! bookstore

Over at the TriCityNews, we’ve been writing a lot about the transition of the popular Words! bookstore on Cookman Avenue into the community-owned Asbury Book Cooperative. That’s scheduled to begin in May.

Independent local bookstores in vibrant progressive areas serve an integral role in the community beyond just selling books. They become civic gathering places, where people come together face-to-face. That means they’ll be more civilized than their encounters in the virtual jungle of social media.

A big part of the local bookstore is the programs and events they offer. Words! has become known for theirs and the Asbury Book Cooperative will expand even beyond that. Liza Minno Bloom, currently the manager at Words! (above left with words! co-owner Jan Sparrow), is heading up the project to transition to the Asbury Book Cooperative. Yesterday, she sent us a list of four events scheduled for next week at words! starting on Sunday, Jan. 12.

They include a discussion of baby boomers and cannabis, maternal journaling and writing Bruce Springsteen-inspired poetry. And that’s just one week of programs. More descriptions and times for the events are listed below. Words! is located at 623 Cookman Avenue.

But first allow us a quick plug for the Asbury Book Cooperative!

Asbury Book Cooperative members will be buy membership shares in the cooperative ranging from $50 to $250 per year. The various levels of membership come with all different types of discounts and benefits. Join now to help them get going. The discounts and benefits offered will with membership be honored now at words! until the Asbury Book Cooperative launches in May. Your membership share will start at that launch.

In only two months, 125 people have signed up for memberships — a great early sign of community support as the goal is 400 members. Click here for more information about the Asbury Book Cooperative.

Ok, that concludes our public service message for the Asbury Book Cooperative! Here’s the list of upcoming events at words!:

Story Time for Kids at words! with Stephanie Sommerlad-Bello Author of Trinket — Sunday 1/12 11am-12pm

All kids are welcome with a caretaker. Free! Books for sale. Content geared towards kids under 5.

Click here for more information about this event.

Conversation on Boomers and Cannabis w/ Patricia Patton — Monday 1/13 6pm-8pm

According to some data sources, U.S. cannabis sales from consumers 55 years or older increased by 50% since 2015. Among this consumer group, baby boomers account for 29% of medical marijuana sales and a quarter of all sales.

The impact of medical marijuana use on the health of aging adults is not widely discussed, partly because much is unknown and partly because of the stigmas associated with the plant.

Join us for an open discussion about medical cannabis no matter whether you consider yourself a midlifer, baby boomer, senior, elder or simply an ally.

Event is free but please RSVP to Click here for more information about this event.

Maternal Journal at words! — Tuesday 1/14 7pm-9pm

Local doula Mary Sefcheck will host a Maternal Journal group at words! the second Tuesday of each month. The group holds space for new parents and pregnant people to create art together and process the experiences of birth/parenthood. Invite your friends! $10 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. All supplies will be provided. There will be snacks. Email with questions.

Click here for more information about this event

Tunnel of Love Poetry Workshop — Thursday 1/16 6pm-8pm

A workshop led by Poet BJ Ward and sponsored by The Monmouth County Historical Association.  Join us for this workshop and write your own Bruce Springsteen inspired poetry! This is a unique workshop where you get to bring your inner creativity out for the night and become a poet for the evening.

Click here for more information about this event.


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