Events

December 2016 Events

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green star for adult eventFriends of the Library Holiday Concert

Rutgers Concert Bureau
Sun, December 4, 2016, 2:00 pm

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, a string trio from the Rutgers Concert Bureau – followed by refreshments.

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red star for teens eventHoliday Gift Box Making

Teen Craft
Tue, December 6, 2016, 3:00 pm

This is the Season for Gift Giving! Make an adorable gift box to hide something special!

Alzheimer's New Jersey

green star for adult eventHealthy Aging: Tips for Your Body and Brain

Alzheimer's New Jersey
Tue, December 6, 2016, 7:00 pm

Over the past several decades, researchers have explored how lifestyle factors may affect our physical and cognitive health. Diet, exercise, stress, sleep problems, and other factors may influence age-related physical and cognitive decline. Learn about the latest research on lifestyle changes and how to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine. This is the second program hosted by Alzheimer’s New Jersey. To register for the program please call Alzheimer’s New Jersey at 888-280-6055. For a full list of their programs go to www.alznj.org.

Belle

purple star for childrens eventRead to Belle the Library Dog

For Kindergarten through Second Graders
Thu, December 8, 2016, 6:00 pm

Belle, the library golden retriever is back to listen to new stories. Each child who registers will sign up for the entire 6 week session and will have 15 minutes to read to Belle.Our library dog is a non-judgemental listener who will help reluctant readers gain confidence. Space is limited and registration is required.

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red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventMeditation Made Easy-Workshop II

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, December 8, 2016, 7:00 pm

Does the holiday season stress you out. Join Bobbie Ellis, director of Soma Center for a refreshing approach to meditation suitable for everyone. Learn simple embodied meditation and breathing techniques you can use everyday to reduce stress and increase presence in your life, work, and relationships. Bobbie has teaching yoga, movement and embodied meditation for 31 years. Meditation can help you live a healthier, happier life. Please join from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. To register call the library at 732-572-2750 or go to the front desk.

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purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 Years
Fri, December 9, 2016, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School ninth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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green star for adult eventArt Reception for Sam Caponegro

Pop at the Pool - Watercolors
Sun, December 11, 2016, 2:00 pm

Pop at the Pool, a new exhibit by Somerset Artist Sam Caponegro will be on display at the library from December 4 through December 30, 2017. His paintings will be displayed in the meeting room and also in the main hall display case. An art reception will be held on Sunday, December 11 from 2:00 PM through 4:00 PM.

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red star for teens eventBookface Photo Competition

Teen Craft
Thu, December 15, 2016, 3:00 pm

Ever notice how many books have faces on their covers? “Try on” a new face and enter the library’s bookface competition. Voting will take place the following week.

Belle

purple star for childrens eventRead To Belle The Library Dog

For Kindergarten through Second Graders
Thu, December 15, 2016, 6:00 pm

Belle, the library golden retriever is back to listen to new stories. Each child who registers will sign up for the entire 6 week session and will have 15 minutes to read to Belle.Our library dog is a non-judgemental listener who will help reluctant readers gain confidence. Space is limited and registration is required.

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green star for adult eventAsk the Dog Trainer

One on One with Kris Collins
Thu, December 15, 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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purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

Fri, December 16, 2016, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School ninth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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green star for adult eventThe Theologies of Bruce Springsteen

Book Talk and Book Signing with Azzan Yadin-Israel
Sun, December 18, 2016, 2:00 pm

Azzan Yadin-Israel, a professor of Jewish Studies and Classics at Rutgers University, has just published The Grace of God and the Grace of Man-The Theologies of Bruce Springsteen. Yadin-Israel has examined the songs of Bruce Springsteen as if they were poems. He will talk about the exhilarating apex Springsteen reaches in his songs in Born to Run that juxtaposes the downward spiral of the songs in Darkness on the Edge of Town.Sing, grace and struggle dominate his later work. Yadin-Israel will touch on how the iconic New Jersey singer touches upon sin, grace and inner struggle in his later songs. A book signing will follow the talk.

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Library Board Meeting

Mon, December 19, 2016, 7:30 pm
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red star for teens eventSnowflakes and Hot Cocoa

For Teens
Tue, December 20, 2016, 3:00 pm

Winter is coming. Let’s warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and create some cool snowflakes to decorate for the chilly season.

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green star for adult eventDark Horse (Rated PG)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, December 20, 2016, 6:30 pm

This documentary from the United Kingdom takes place in a former mining village in Wales. A group of friends from a working men’s club decide to take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed a racehorse. One hour, 26 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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green star for adult eventColoring for Adults

Craft Night for Adults
Thu, December 22, 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.

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purple star for childrens eventMovies for Kids

Afternoon Films for Kids
Fri, December 23, 2016, 1:00 pm

Enjoy an afternoon at the movies! Titles will be announced soon. Refreshments too!

chessmen

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 Years
Fri, December 23, 2016, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School ninth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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Library Closed

Christmas Day
Sun, December 25, 2016
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Library Closed

Day After Christmas
Mon, December 26, 2016
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red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventSpook Handy’s 8th Annual Winter Holiday Concert

Tales From the Road Concert
Tue, December 27, 2016, 2:00 pm

The whole family is invited to a Spook Handy Folk Concert that is being held during the winter holiday break. Spook Handy’s Tales From The Road lifts your spirits with sing a longs that every family member can enjoy. His travels through the byways of America fuel his music.Spook can be heard in venues of almost all stripes, from festivals and arts centers to senior centers and churches – from TV and radio to libraries and schools. With a simple Martin D-35 guitar, harmonica, his own voice and the voices of the audience, Spook presents concerts of good honest acoustic songs that are true to the spirit, passion of purpose of American folk music. He sings about the local Mom and Pop’s store, the widow of a soldier, the landscape of Montana, economic hardship, dogs with fleas, and so many other experiences that everybody can relate to in one way or another.

January 2017 Events

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red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventCommunity Blood Drive

In the Meeting Room
Thu, January 5, 2017, 12:00 pm

New Jersey Blood Services is conducting a life saving blood drive at the library. Anyone in good health, 17 years and older, weighing at least 110 pounds can help save lives. This blood drive will help patients in our area hospitals. To register please call 732-572-2750.

The blood drive will run from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Belle

purple star for childrens eventRead to Belle the Library Dog

For Kindergarten through Second Graders
Thu, January 5, 2017, 6:00 pm

Belle, the library golden retriever is back to listen to new stories. Each child who registers will sign up for the entire 6 week session and will have 15 minutes to read to Belle.Our library dog is a non-judgemental listener who will help reluctant readers gain confidence. Space is limited and registration is required.

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red star for teens eventBuild It!

Teen Craft
Tue, January 10, 2017, 3:00 pm

Show off your your building skills as you complete a series of challenges with the Roylco straws and Connectors Kit!

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green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Diane Lockward

Write a Poem
Thu, January 19, 2017, 7:00 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. Tonight she will give prompts and participants will write a fist draft of a poem.

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The Knockabouts- Acoustic Duo

Sun, January 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

George Maririch and Cherie Chelst are The Knockabouts, an acoustic duo that blend bass and guitar. Enjoy their family friendly concert that includes originals and covers. The concert is sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

sock-snowman

red star for teens eventNo Sew Sock Snowman

Teen Craft
Tue, January 24, 2017, 3:00 pm

Create an adorable snowman out of a white sock to decorate your home. No sewing required.Please register!

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red star for teens eventPerler Bead Craft

Teen Craft
Tue, January 31, 2017, 3:00 pm

Use your creativity to make a beautiful perler bead key chain or magnet. You design it, we will iron it!

February 2017 Events

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red star for teens eventPost-It Note Art Gallery

Teen Craft
Wed, February 1, 2017, 10:00 am

Add a piece of artwork to our Post-It Note Art Gallery in the teen room throughout the month of February! Go to the Reference Desk for supplies!

colored pencils

green star for adult eventColoring for Adults

Therapuetic Fun
Thu, February 9, 2017, 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.

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red star for teens eventValentine’s Day Craft

Teen Craft
Tue, February 14, 2017, 3:00 pm

Make something lovely to give to someone special in your life! Valentine’s Day treats will be served!

chessmen

red star for teens eventAfter School Games

For Teens
Tue, February 21, 2017, 3:00 pm

Come hang out with your friends after school. We’ll provide the games, snacks, and music!

March 2017 Events

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green star for adult eventTheeb (2014)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, March 21, 2017, 6:30 pm

In the Ottoman Province of Hijaz, during World War I, a young Bedowin boy is forced to grow up quickly when he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. This adventure, drama, thriller from the United Arab Emirates is not rated. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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green star for adult eventHearing Screening in the Meeting Room

Saint Peter's University Hospital Nurses
Thu, March 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

A team of nurses from Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Community Mobile Health Services will give hearing tests at the library. Please register for the five-seven minute hearing test. The mobile team will be here between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM. Nurses will also answer your health related questions.This program is a Part of the Highland Park Public Library’s Health and Wellness Series.

April 2017 Events

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green star for adult eventLove and Friendship (2016)

Tue, April 18, 2017, 6:30 pm

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-law’s estate and while there is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica, and for herself naturally. This comedy is based on Jane Austin’s novella, Lady Susan. Rated PG. 1 hour, 32 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Maria Gillan

green star for adult eventMaria Mazziotti Gillan

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, April 25, 2017, 7:30 pm

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions).
She is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. She has published 18 books, including: What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 (Guernica Editions), The Place I Call Home and The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books), Ancestors’ Song (Bordighera Press), and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica). With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Visit her website at www.mariagillan.com.

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