December 2015 Events

ordinary people

green star for adult eventOrdinary People (1980)

Films of the Eighties: Film and Discussion
Tue, December 1, 2015, 6:30 pm

This simple but painfully emotional story of the disintegration of a seemingly perfect family and Robert Redford’s directorial debut ended up the 1980 Oscar winner for Best Picture. Conrad, a teen, lives under a cloud of guilt after his brother drowns when their boat capsizes in Lake Michigan. Despite intensive therapy sessions with his psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch), Conrad can’t shake the belief that he should have died instead of his brother, nor do his parents offer much in the way of solace. The teen is brought out of his doldrums through his romance with Jeannine (Elizabeth McGovern). Ordinary People, adapted from Judith Guest’s novel, scores highest in the scenes with Mary Tyler Moore, who portrays an ever smiling suburban wife and mother for whom outward appearance is all that matters. Rated R. Two hours, 4 minutes.Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

read books with librarian

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For six to 23 month olds
Wed, December 2, 2015, 10:30 am

Mother Goose come alive with rhymes, songs, musical instruments and stories for babies 6 – 23 months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

Georgie therapy dog

purple star for childrens eventRead to Georgie-A Therapy Dog

For Children Who Are Already Reading
Thu, December 3, 2015, 6:30 pm

For children who are already reading in grades Kindergarten through second grade, this is a good chance to practice reading with a non-judgmental listener. Georgie, a certified therapy dog, loves to listen to stories and children can gain confidence reading to her. Each child will be allotted 15 minutes to read to Georgie. Please register with Children’s Librarian Fran Lee and is for the entire seven week period. Space is limited.


green star for adult eventIlan Block Art Reception

Rabbis and Rock Stars
Thu, December 3, 2015, 6:30 pm

An art reception for the Highland Park artist S Ilan Block will be held on Thursday, December 3 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.


Library Closed

Sat, December 5, 2015

green star for adult eventAnnual Holiday Concert

Rutgers Concert Bureau
Sun, December 6, 2015, 2:00 pm

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


red star for teens eventSnowflakes and Hot Cocoa

For Teens
Tue, December 8, 2015, 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.


green star for adult eventAsk the Dog Trainer

One on One with Kris Collins
Thu, December 10, 2015, 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!

poetry pen

green star for adult eventPoetry Discussion and Writing Program

With Jim Haba
Sat, December 12, 2015, 1:00 pm

Brought back by popular demand, Jim Haba is conducting a discussion of several different poems. After looking at the work of established poets, participants will receive prompts to write their own first draft. 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: To register for the poetry writing workshop call 732-572-2750 or go to the front desk.


Library Closed

Sun, December 13, 2015
felt scissors red

red star for teens eventString Art

Teen Craft
Tue, December 15, 2015, 3:00 pm

Use a length of string to create a beautiful work of art. Please register.


green star for adult eventDiplomacy (2014)

International Film Series
Tue, December 15, 2015, 6:30 pm

As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then ‘only as a field of rubble’. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan. This French-German historical drama was adapted from the play Diplomatie by Cyril Gely. Not Rated. One hour, 28 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Library Closed

Sat, December 19, 2015
pencil tilted

red star for teens eventKaplan Test Prep Session for the New SAT and ACT

For High School Students
Sun, December 20, 2015, 1:15 pm

Get a practice run of the new SAT and ACT! Through this unique opportunity, students will take a fully-proctored exam and will learn what to expect in a test-like environment. Practice test scores from this event can serve as an SAT and ACT score prediction for the student, prior to having to sit for the actual exam. This practice test will take approximately 4 hours. Students will need to bring a calculator, two #2 pencils, a snack and water. Students and their families will receive their score results by email within 2 weeks. Bring two #2 pencils and a calculator. Register today, space is limited.


Library Board Meeting

Mon, December 21, 2015, 7:30 pm

red star for teens eventGaming Afternoon for Teens

For Teens
Tue, December 22, 2015, 3:00 pm

Relax after school, enjoy a snack and play some fun board games!

Highland Park Public Library

purple star for childrens eventDisney Pixar’s Inside Out

Winter Break Movie
Wed, December 23, 2015, 1:00 pm

Enjoy an animated adventure comedy about a young girl named Riley who is up rooted from her quiet mid west home and moved to San Francisco. Her emotions, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, come alive to help her navigate her new life. Rated PG. One hour, 34 minutes.

Highland Park Public Library

Library closing early

Thu, December 24, 2015

Christmas Day

Library Closed
Fri, December 25, 2015

Day After Christmas

Sat, December 26, 2015

Library Closed

Sun, December 27, 2015

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventCommunity Blood Drive

In the Meeting Room
Tue, December 29, 2015, 1:00 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 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventSpook Handy’s 7th Annual Winter Holiday Concert

Tales From the Road Concert
Wed, December 30, 2015, 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.

Highland Park Public Library

Library Closing early

Thu, December 31, 2015

January 2016 Events


New Years Day

Library Closed
Fri, January 1, 2016

Library Closed

Sat, January 2, 2016

Library Closed

Sun, January 10, 2016

Library Closed

Sat, January 16, 2016

Library Closed

Mon, January 18, 2016

Library Closed

Sun, January 24, 2016

Library Board Meeting

Mon, January 25, 2016, 7:30 pm

Library Closed

Sat, January 30, 2016

March 2016 Events

Testament of Youth

green star for adult eventTestament of Youth (2015)

International Film Series
Tue, March 15, 2016, 6:30 pm

Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. Directed by James Kent and featuring Emily Watson, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, and Dominic West. Rated PG-13. Two hours and 9 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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