Events

July 2016 Events

Reminder

Library Closed

Sat, July 30, 2016

August 2016 Events

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purple star for childrens eventBottle Rocket

For Grades 3-5
Mon, August 1, 2016, 3:30 pm

Learn how simple air pressure can jettison a rocket more than 100 feet in the air. Build a large model rocket that is capable of launching using pressurized water and air. Part of the Engineering for Kids Series. Please register.

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purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, August 2, 2016, 10:30 am

Stories, crafts, songs, and rhymes for children two and three years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

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purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Ages 3-5 years
Tue, August 2, 2016, 11:30 am

Join us on the back lawn of the library for a story time picnic. Bring a bag lunch. No registration required.

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red star for teens eventSidewalk Graffiti and Games

Teen Fun
Tue, August 2, 2016, 3:00 pm

Use chalk to temporarily beautify the library’s sidewalks. We will also play a variety of sidewalk games.

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green star for adult eventSecond Mother (R)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, August 2, 2016, 6:30 pm

The longtime housekeeper for a wealthy Sao Paulo family, Val is committed to loyalty and respect. But her values and the dynamic of the whole household are challenged when her teen daughter visits in this astute, socially conscious comedy. Rated R. One hour, 52 minutes. Portuguese.

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red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventBook Buddies

Reading Encouragement
Thu, August 4, 2016, 3:30 pm

Book Buddies is a program that pairs teen volunteers with children in grades Kindergarten through second grade. The program supports early reading skills, but it is not a remedial reading course. If you are a teen interested in this program please contact Teen Librarian Karen Jarzabski. If you have a child in Kindergarten through second grade please contact Children’s Librarian Fran Lee. The program runs from Thursday, July 7 until Thursday, August 11.

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purple star for childrens eventElephant and Piggie Evening

Evening Specials for Children K-2
Thu, August 4, 2016, 6:30 pm

Mo Willems has written his last Elephant and Piggie book, The Thank You Book. Come join us for an Elephant and Piggie celebration. We will read stories, play games, and do an art project all to do with these beloved book characters. This part of the Evening Specials for children in Kindergarten through Second grade. Please register.

Reminder

Library Closed

Sun, August 7, 2016
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purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, August 9, 2016, 10:30 am

Stories, crafts, songs, and rhymes for children two and three years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

summer book read

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Ages 3-5 years
Tue, August 9, 2016, 11:30 am

Join us on the back lawn of the library for a story time picnic. Bring a bag lunch. No registration required.

Rudy film

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventRudy (PG)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, August 9, 2016, 3:00 pm

The true story of a mediocre student who drives himself through sheer will to play football for Nortre Dame. Rated PG. One hour, 54 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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green star for adult eventComing Home (PG-13)

Friends Internationa Summer Film Series
Tue, August 9, 2016, 6:30 pm

Lu (Chen Daoming) and Feng (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. When Lu is released years later, he returns home to find his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize him, she still patiently awaits her husband’s return. A stranger within his own family, Lu is determined to awaken his wife’s memory through gentle displays of unconditional and eternal love.

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red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventBook Buddies

Reading Encouragement
Thu, August 11, 2016, 3:30 pm

Book Buddies is a program that pairs teen volunteers with children in grades Kindergarten through second grade. The program supports early reading skills, but it is not a remedial reading course. If you are a teen interested in this program please contact Teen Librarian Karen Jarzabski. If you have a child in Kindergarten through second grade please contact Children’s Librarian Fran Lee. The program runs from Thursday, July 7 until Thursday, August 11.

Oregon Trail

purple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventGet Ready, Get Set, Go West

For Grade School Children
Thu, August 11, 2016, 6:30 pm

Reenact a day in the life of a pioneer on the Oregon Trail. Kitty Jones’ unique interactive play weaves history, literature, manners, customs, dance, and music in to theatrical presentations. Audience members, both children and adults portray the key characters and historical figures of the time.This is a fun way to learn history. Kitty will help you to handle buffalo stampedes, snake bites, and challenging obstacles of the Old West!

Reminder

Library Closed

Sat, August 13, 2016
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Giant Scrabble for Teens

Teen Fun
Tue, August 16, 2016, 3:00 pm

Play a life-size version of the popular word game! Other games will also be available to play.

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green star for adult eventLabyrinth of Lies (R)

Friends International Summer Film Series
Tue, August 16, 2016, 6:30 pm

Against the will of his immediate superior, young prosecutor Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling) begins to examine the case of a recently identified teacher who was a former Auschwitz guard. He devotes himself with utmost commitment to his new task and is resolved to find out what really happened. He oversteps boundaries, falls out with friends, and colleagues, and is sucked deeper into a labyrinth of lies and guilt in his search for the truth. But what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever. Two hours. German.

Reminder

Library Closed

Sun, August 21, 2016
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Library Board Meeting

Mon, August 22, 2016, 7:30 pm
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green star for adult eventColoring for Adults

Craft Night for Adults
Thu, August 25, 2016, 7:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of coloring with other adults. Music, refreshments, colored pencils and fresh sheets and book marks to color. Bring your friends and enjoy a therapeutic evening of fun.

Reminder

Library Closed

Sat, August 27, 2016
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green star for adult eventHeartsaver CPR AED Class

Taught by HP First Aid Squad
Sun, August 28, 2016, 1:15 pm

In this three hour hands on American Heart Association course you will learn CPR and how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). You will also learn how to tell if CPR and an AED are needed. After practicing these skills during the session, you will receive a Heartsaver CPR AED course completion card. Ari Lewitter, a member of the Highland Park First Aid Squad will be the instructor. Please register by calling 732-572-2750 or visiting the front desk.

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green star for adult eventBone Density Screening in the Meeting Room

Saint Peter's University Hospital Nurses
Tue, August 30, 2016, 6:30 pm

A team of nurses from Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Community Mobile Health Services will set up in the meeting room to do free bone density screenings. Please drop by for this important test! Nurses will also answer your health related questions.This program is a Part of the Highland Park Public Library’s Health and Wellness Series.

September 2016 Events

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green star for adult eventCuba: Then and New

David Antebi
Thu, September 8, 2016, 7:00 pm

David Antebi, a long time Highland Park resident and a retired Professor of Social Work, has traveled extensively to Cuba and will talk about the last sixty years of the island nation. Political and economical changes have often clashed with one of its nearest neighbors, the United States, nearly culminating in a nuclear war, the Cuban Missal Crisis, in 1962. How has its citizens coped with the changes since 1956 when Fidel Castro arrived on the Yranma, a yacht, along with 80 comrades and initiated a revolution? Antebi will talk about the recent changes since America has resumed relations with Cuba. Antebi is a photographer who has also chronicled homelessness and asbestos victims. His photos of Cuba will be on display throughout the month of September in the main hall display case.

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green star for adult eventJohn Bianculli and Jackie Jones

Jazz Duo
Mon, September 12, 2016, 7:00 pm

Jazz pianist John Bianculli’s original music is a blend of jazz, Latin, Brazilian, rhythm and blues and Afro-Cuban. Vocalist Jackie Jones, a graduate of Rutgers University, studied at Mason Gross and has opened for Lou Rawls and played with Danny Mixon, Gloria Coleman, Eddie Green as well as many others. She is a regular guest performer at Mason Gross as well as with Bianculli and many other composers and musicians.John Bianculli and Jackie Jones are both popular performers at the former Italian Bistro, Christopher’s in New Brunswick and other local spots. John’s original music can be heard on Telarc and Dream Box records. His song “Bittersweet” made the Contemporary Jazz Charts top-ten list. He has been playing since the days when he was raised in New York City’s Greenwich Village and he has been performing with international recording artist Steve Nelson for more than five years. He has played in many different venues throughout the northeast including The Blue Note, The Rainbow Room and Jilly’s in Washington D.C. John Bianculli is a popular performer throughout the New Brunswick and Princeton area. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Eating disorders

green star for adult eventTrue or False: Demystifying Myths about Eating Disorders

Health and Wellness Series
Thu, September 15, 2016, 7:00 pm

Learn about the definitions, causes, symptoms and treatments of eating disorders via an interactive educational event given by eating disorder specialist, Talia Becker, LCSW, a member of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Eating Disorder Unit. This event will help raise awareness about the severity of eating disorders and ways in which we as individuals and society can engage in prevention. Becker, LCSW, is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders who sees patients in private practice in Highland Park. Talia utilizes a combination of psychoanalytic therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in order to help clients cope with their mental illness in a more rational, realistic, and healthy manner. Talia uses evidence-based treatment modalities to work with her clients to enhance treatment outcomes and maximize relapse prevention.

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green star for adult eventThe Ropes that Bind

Author Talk on Surviving Sexual Abuse
Sat, September 17, 2016, 2:00 pm

Child sexual abuse is a silent epidemic. Tracy Stopler has written The Ropes That Bind, an inspirational story of one survivors aftermath. The novel is an in depth look at the survivors journey to healing. Stopper is a registered dietitian with a Master of Science in Nutrition from New York University. She has published many papers and book chapters in the scientific literature on nutrition and exercise. She is a member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association. The Ropes That Bind is Tracy’s debut novel.
Tracy is a SAFER Volunteer: (Survivors Advocate for Emergency Response). As an advocate she connects special victims of rape, sexual assault and/or domestic violence to The Safe Center LI. This program makes it possible for trained volunteers to provide support and advocacy for these special victims in hospitals. Tracy is also a facilitator for The Enough Abuse campaign, a program designed to help adults better understand how to protect children from sexual abuse. A book signing and refreshments will follow the talk.

Tsu fil Duvids Klezmer

green star for adult eventKlezmer Concert with Tsu Fil Duvids (Too Many Daves)

Klezmer Concert
Tue, September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm

Tsu Fil Duvids, Yiddish for “Too many Daves”, is a klezmer ensemble based in Central NJ. The ensemble is comprised of David Schlossberg on piano, Dave Goldfarb on clarinet, Dave Schiff on Bass, Rob (Dave) Lowe on violin, Asher (Dave) Siebert on trumpet, Bill (Dave) Selden on accordion, Richard (Dave) Buchbinder on melodica and keyboards, and Beverly (Davida) Novick on drums. Tsu Fil Duvids has performed throughout New York and Phillidelphia and many spots in between including synagogues, community centers, weddings and theaters. In New Brunswick they played at the Crossroads Theater and in Monroe at the Marasco Center for the Performing Arts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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green star for adult eventAsk the Dog Trainer

One on One with Kris Collins
Thu, September 22, 2016, 7:00 pm

dogBring your dog training questions to an expert! Kris Collins, a certified dog trainer, will answer your questions one on one! The private dog trainer has owned three dogs throughout his life. Animal behavior has always been a main interest as well as his love for animals. He worked two years for a dog daycare center and earned a degree from Animal Behavior College. “What I aim to do is train the dog and teach the human. Not just train the dog to know a few human words, but train then to enjoy performing the words on command as well as create a desire within them to want to learn more human commands. I aim to teach the human how to make the process fun and realistic for them and their pet, and also teach them how to continue training their dog into the future. So in short, I try to teach long term engagement between dog and human.” This talk is only for humans!

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green star for adult eventChronic Disease Self Management Program

Six Week Workshop Series
Fri, September 23, 2016, 10:30 am

If you have a chronic condition such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes please join us. Learn how to manage symptoms, eat healthy, exercise, communicate with your doctor, manage emotions, and make daily tasks easier. This 6 week workshop is also for people living with a person who has a chronic condition. Each participant will receive a free book, healthy snack, incentives and a completion certificate. The workshop is from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM meets Fridays, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 7, October 14, October 21, and November 4. To register please call the library at 732-572-2750. This workshop is provided to you by the Middlesex County Office of Health Services as a Service of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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green star for adult eventThe Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning

Sun, September 25, 2016, 2:00 pm

This program will address the large number of children who are struggling with learning, and compromised in ways most people are unaware of, because these little-known visual skills are not functioning properly. This can profoundly impact a child’s success in school, and in life. The symptoms of an unrecognized vision disorder can mimic other conditions, for which many children may be classified or medicated. Because of this, the potential for misdiagnosing the true cause of a child’s struggles is enormous. Vision, in all its complexity, is more than meets the eye. Author Wendy Beth Rosen will define what vision actually encompasses and why it is critical to the learning process. Far beyond 20/20, vision involves more than two-dozen skills that enable us to navigate through the world. Rosen is an education consultant specializing in vision-related learning problems. She is also a certified early childhood and elementary teacher with extensive classroom experience. This author talk is part of the library’s ongoing Health and Wellness Series.

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Library Board Meeting

Mon, September 26, 2016, 7:30 pm
Jim Haba

green star for adult eventPoet Jim Haba

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, September 27, 2016, 7:30 pm

As the founding Poetry Director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Jim Haba created and developed the Foundation’s biennial Poetry Festival and its extensive Poetry in the Schools Program (1986-2008). He also contributed to many NPR and PBS programs focused on early Festivals, including three major PBS series with Bill Moyers. In 1995 he edited the best-selling book The Language of Life, which accompanied two of these series. His work on behalf of the poetry community earned him The Elizabeth Kray Award from Poets House in 2000 and The Paterson Literary Review Award, for lifetime service to literature, in 2011. His own poems earned him a New Poets of the Delaware Valley award (1984) and a Poetry Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (1985). His chapbooks Thirty-One Poems and Love Poems appeared in 2006.

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green star for adult eventAn Evening With Operatic Bass Nicholas Hay

Opera Selections
Thu, September 29, 2016, 7:00 pm

Last year at the library, Nicholas Hay drew standing ovations for his performance. This performance he is bringing friends.Nicholas has performed, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, Rocco in Fidelio, Plutone in L’Orfeo, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Second Armed Man in The Magic Flute, Zuniga in Carmen, The Innkeeper in Manon, Ceprano in Rigoletto, La Guerre in Les Arts Florissant, and many others. Nicholas has studied Masetto in Don Giovanni, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Haley in L’Italiana in Algeri, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Don Fernando and Rocco in Fidelio, Silvano, Sam and Tom in Un Ballo in Maschera, Angelotti in Tosca, Ariodate in Serse, Talpa in Il Tabarro, Lord Valton in I Puritani, Capellio and Lorenzo in I Capuletti I Montecchi, The Speaker in The Magic Flute, and Le Comte Des Grieux in Manon to name a few. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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green star for adult eventChronic Disease Self-Management Program

Six Week Workshop Series
Fri, September 30, 2016, 10:30 am

If you have a chronic condition such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes please join us. Learn how to manage symptoms, eat healthy, exercise, communicate with your doctor, manage emotions, and make daily tasks easier. This 6 week workshop is also for people living with a person who has a chronic condition. Each participant will receive a free book, healthy snack, incentives and a completion certificate. The workshop is from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM meets Fridays, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 7, October 14, October 21, and November 4. To register please call the library at 732-572-2750. This workshop is provided to you by the Middlesex County Office of Health Services as a Service of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

October 2016 Events

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green star for adult eventJohn Bianculli’s Jazz Trio

A Blend of Jazz, Latin, Brazilian, Rhythm and Blues and Afro-Cuban
Thu, October 6, 2016, 7:00 pm

Jazz pianist John Bianculli’s original music is a blend of jazz, Latin, Brazilian, rhythm and blues and Afro-Cuban. John will bring his trio with Sue Williams on bass. His original music can be heard on Telarc and Dream Box records. His song “Bittersweet” made the Contemporary Jazz Charts top-ten list. He has been playing since the days when he was raised in New York City’s Greenwich Village and he has been performing with international recording artist Steve Nelson for more than five years. He has played in many different venues throughout the northeast including The Blue Note, The Rainbow Room and Jilly’s in Washington D.C. John Bianculli is a popular performer throughout the New Brunswick and Princeton area. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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green star for adult eventChronic Disease Self Management Program

Six Week Workshop Series
Fri, October 7, 2016, 10:30 am

If you have a chronic condition such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes please join us. Learn how to manage symptoms, eat healthy, exercise, communicate with your doctor, manage emotions, and make daily tasks easier. This 6 week workshop is also for people living with a person who has a chronic condition. Each participant will receive a free book, healthy snack, incentives and a completion certificate. The workshop is from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM meets Fridays, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 7, October 14, October 21, and November 4. To register please call the library at 732-572-2750. This workshop is provided to you by the Middlesex County Office of Health Services as a Service of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Radio Play

Raconteur Radio Actors
Thu, October 13, 2016, 6:30 pm

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE: Based on the 1886 novella by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, it tells of a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. Raconteur Radio stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature, and pop culture parodies for live audiences in a variety of venues throughout the Tri-State area: libraries, adult communities, senior centers, community/cultural centers, restaurants, bars, high schools, grammar schools, and, on occasion, private homes.
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.

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green star for adult eventChronic Disease Self Management Program

Six Week Workshop Series
Fri, October 14, 2016, 10:30 am

If you have a chronic condition such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes please join us. Learn how to manage symptoms, eat healthy, exercise, communicate with your doctor, manage emotions, and make daily tasks easier. This 6 week workshop is also for people living with a person who has a chronic condition. Each participant will receive a free book, healthy snack, incentives and a completion certificate. The workshop is from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM meets Fridays, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 7, October 14, October 21, and November 4. To register please call the library at 732-572-2750. This workshop is provided to you by the Middlesex County Office of Health Services as a Service of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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green star for adult eventBreast Cancer Awareness Talk

Thu, October 20, 2016, 7:00 pm

Jean Withers, RN, the Community Outreach Coordinator from JFK Medical Center, will provide information to women and men on the importance of breast cancer screenings, healthy eating, and well being to prevent breast cancer. This talk is part of Highland Park Public Library’s Health and Wellness Series.

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green star for adult eventChronic Disease Self Management Program

Six Week Workshop Series
Fri, October 21, 2016, 10:30 am

If you have a chronic condition such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes please join us. Learn how to manage symptoms, eat healthy, exercise, communicate with your doctor, manage emotions, and make daily tasks easier. This 6 week workshop is also for people living with a person who has a chronic condition. Each participant will receive a free book, healthy snack, incentives and a completion certificate. The workshop is from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM meets Fridays, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21, and November 4. To register please call the library at 732-572-2750. This workshop is provided to you by the Middlesex County Office of Health Services as a Service of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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Library Board Meeting

Mon, October 24, 2016, 7:30 pm
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green star for adult eventPoet Diane Lockward

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, October 25, 2016, 7:30 pm

Diane Lockward is the author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2013) and four full-length collections of poetry, most recently, The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement (Wind Publications, 2016). Her earlier books are , What Feeds Us, which received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and Eve’s Red Dress. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Against Perfection and Greatest Hits: 1997 – 2010. Her poems have been published in several anthologies, including Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World’s Most Popular Poetry Website, Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems for Hard Times, and The Poet’s Cookbook. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Beloit Poetry Journal, Spoon River Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Poet Lore, and Prairie Schooner.

The recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Diane has also received awards from North American Review, Louisiana Literature, the Newburyport Art Association, and the St. Louis Poetry Center. She won First Place in the 2012 Naugatuck River Review poetry contest. Her work has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and read by Garrison Keillor on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac.

November 2016 Events

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green star for adult eventChronic Disease Self Management Program

Six Week Workshop Series
Fri, November 4, 2016, 10:30 am

If you have a chronic condition such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes please join us. Learn how to manage symptoms, eat healthy, exercise, communicate with your doctor, manage emotions, and make daily tasks easier. This 6 week workshop is also for people living with a person who has a chronic condition. Each participant will receive a free book, healthy snack, incentives and a completion certificate. The workshop is from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM meets Fridays, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 7, October 14, October 21, and November 4. To register please call the library at 732-572-2750. This workshop is provided to you by the Middlesex County Office of Health Services as a Service of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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Library Board Meeting

Mon, November 28, 2016, 7:30 pm

December 2016 Events

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Library Board Meeting

Mon, December 19, 2016, 7:30 pm
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