On Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library hosts “War of the Worlds” by Radio Raconteur. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

In celebration of HG Wells' birthday, Ranconteur Radio presents his ultimate radio broadcast. Set in Grover Mills, NJ, the play is a loose adaptation of the H. G. Wells classic.

The simulated “news bulletins” of the original broadcast suggested to many contemporaneous listeners that an actual alien invasion was currently in progress and, as a result, there were instances of panicked evacuation throughout the US, especially in New Jersey!

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Raconteur Radio productions are staged around (and amplified by) an art deco “fat boy” and feature theatrical lighting, period costumes, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment, and extensive sound effects.

The Star-Ledger calls Raconteur Radio “One of the seven best things to do in New Jersey” and The New York Times declares it “Family friendly guerilla theater.”

The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, resuming September 18. The library will be closed on Friday, Sept. 16, for a Staff Education Day.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”