May 2015 Events
Try out some X-Box Kinect games!
Belle the library dog is back to listen to some new stories. Belle is a patient and caring listener for children who would like to practice their reading. Registration is required and space is limited. Sign up is on a first come, first served basis.
Mother Goose come alive with rhymes, songs, musical instruments and stories for babies 6 – 23 Months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
Make a spring themed gingerbread house using the popular Peeps candy! Please register.
Samuel R. Friedman, Ph.D. (sociology) is a Senior Research Fellow and the Director of the Social Theory Core in the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., New York City. Other appointments include Senior Research Associate at the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University. He is also a poet and most recently published Murders Most Foul: Poems Against War by a World Trade Center Survivor(2005: Published by Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War) Sam is also a member of the Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War. He began his movement activities in 1959 in the Civil Rights movement and has continued as an activist leading the successful union organizing campaign in his workplace. His activism has also led him to the writing of poems. “Unlike musicians and mathematicians, great poets are not born but made, and the work defeats many. Talent isn’t enough, nor is skill with language, nor are high themes and noble thoughts. The great poet is the one who can successfully create himself as a poet by imagining a poetic character, growing into it despite setbacks, then waiting in that character for his subject to discover him.”
Stories, crafts, songs, and rhymes for children two and three years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.
Story time for 4-5 year olds. Registration required.
June 2015 Events
Enjoy everything to do with Anime and Manga! Watch anime, read manga, discuss and do crafts!
When anchorman Howard Beale is forced to retire his 25 year post because of his age, he announces to his viewers that he is going to commit suicide on his final program. When his announcement looks like it will improve the ratings, the entire event is turned into a garish entertainment spectacle. Directed by Sidney Lumet, starring William Holden and Fay Dunaway. Rated R. Two hours and 1 minute. Films are selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Make a button or two of your own design. Buttons can be used to decorate your backpack, tote bag, or your favorite denim jacket!
Brought back by popular demand, Jim Haba is conducting a fourth poetry writing workshop on the first day of spring! At this session there will be an opportunity to write short pieces. New poets are invited to join the workshop! 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. Samples of his work as a visual artist can be seen on his website: www.jimhaba.com. To register for the poetry writing workshop call 732-572-2750 or go to the front desk.
Enjoy everything to do with Anime and Manga! watch anime, read manga, discuss and do crafts!
Join us after school to make and eat your own mini-pizza! Space is limited, please register.
Do Everything to do with Anime and Manga! watch anime, read manga, discuss and do crafts!
Make something nice to give to your father or father figure!
Bring your dog training questions to an expert! Kris Collins, a certified dog trainer, has owned three dogs throughout his life and animal behavior has always been a main interest, as well as his general love for animals. His 45 minute talk will help you to create an environment where your dog will want to do what you teach them. He worked two years for a dog daycare center and earned a degree from Animal Behavior College.He is a private trainer and also conducts dog training classes at Petco. “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!
Perhaps you have a polished picture book manuscript ready for submission—or maybe it’s just the kernel of an idea for a young adult novel—but even if you’ve just wondered if you could or should write for children, and Googling “How to” doesn’t feel like enough, come out to hear the stories of two published writers and how they did it. Have your questions answered on the writing process, getting an agent, joining critique groups, signing up for professional organizations, querying your work, today’s publishing industry, dealing with rejection, and staying the course. Jennifer Salvato Doktorski and Jennifer Ann Mann will conduct a roundtable where your questions get answered. Both authors have published new work this year. Jennifer Salvato Doktorski’s Young Adult novel,The Summer AfterYou and Me will be available this June and Jennifer Ann Mann’s children book, Sunny Sweet Can So Get Lost was published in February.
What’s the Matter With American Policing? Understanding Ferguson and Baltimore and Racial Inequalities
Rutger’s Political Scientist Lisa Miller will help us to understand Ferguson, Baltimore and the persistent racial inequalities in the post racial era we are living in. Fifty years ago this year, the uprising in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles symbolized a nation in crisis over vast inequalities in personal safety (from both police and fellow citizens),economic opportunity, and social and political power. Today, we seem to be at a remarkably similar crossroads, with the killing of numerous unarmed Black men by police over the past year, renewed attention to the concentrated disadvantage of urban areas, and a new round of urban unrest. What policies have contributed to the persistence of these deeply racialized divisions? This talk situates the issues of policing, crime and punishment within a larger understanding of racial inequality in the United States and explores how some of the same issues that plagued the nation in the middle of the 20th century have recurred in the early 21st. We will also discuss some core differences between the two eras that make the current era more likely to produce real policy change. This is first in a series of lectures from Rutgers University faculty.
New Jersey Blood Services is conducting a life saving summer 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 during the summer period when there are shortages. To register please call 732-572-2750. It is important to donate blood right before the July 4th weekend when supplies traditionally dwindle.
The blood drive will run from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
July 2015 Events
Join this new teen club dedicated to Anime and Manga. Films, discussion and activities!
Do you have a cool idea for a short comic or zine? Or do you just want to have a place to write your thoughts and ideas? Come to this program and learn how!
Force Majeure as a legal term is an unexpected and disruptive event that my operate to excuse a party from a contract. In this Swedish drama, the term has more than one meaning when a family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over the father in particular. Nominated for a 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Rated R. Two Hours.
If you have any interest in Anime or Manga this is the new club for you.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, comes Big Hero 6, an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called Big Hero 6. Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for the Best Animated Film. Rated PG. One hour, 42 minutes.
United Kingdom Lesbian and Gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mine Workers in the summer of 1984. The alliance was unlike any seen before and also very successful. Rated R. 119 minutes.
If you have any interest in Anime or Manga this is the new club for you.
Make a one of a kind piece of jewelry or key chain using Shrinky Dinks, a shrinkable plastic!
In this adventure comedy, a pair of former brother-in-laws embark on a road trip through Iceland. Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz co wrote and directed this American-Icelandic film. Rated R. One hour, 35 minutes.
A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.”Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Rated PG. Two hours.
This French-Mauritanian drama follows a proud cattle herder, Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino). Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, he lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film from a master of world cinema. Rated PG-13. One hour, 36 minutes.
August 2015 Events
Make your own duct tape bookmark or try your hand at other fun duct tape crafts!
Zero Motivation (Hebrew title: אפס ביחסי אנוש, Zero on interpersonal relations) is a 2014 Israeli comedy-drama film directed by Talya Lavie. The film premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival where it received two awards. It was nominated for twelve Ophir Awards, and won six of them including prizes for writer/director Talya Lavie. It was the most successful Israeli film of 2014, seen by 590,000 people in Israel alone. Darkly funny and understatedly absurd, Zero Motivation is a refreshing addition to the canon of irreverent war comedies — and an intriguing calling card for writer-director Talya Lavie. Not Rated. One hour, 40 minutes.
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one. Rated PG. One hour, 21 minutes.
Wild Tales is a 2014 Argentine-Spanish black comedy film written and directed by Damián Szifron and starring an ensemble cast consisting of Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, and Darío Grandinetti. The film’s musical score was composed by Gustavo Santaolalla. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. An anthology film, it is composed of six standalone shorts united by a common theme of violence and vengeance. The first story and prologue is “Pasternak”: Two passengers on a plane discover that they know a man named Pasternak: the woman was his former girlfriend, and the man was a music critic who savagely reviewed his work. They find out that everybody else on the flight is also connected in some way to Pasternak. It turns out that the whole flight was a trap organized by Pasternak, who was the purser. Pasternak crashes the plane into his parents’ house. Rated R. Two hours.