May 2013 Events
Modern dance pioneer Charles Weidman choreographed Lynchtown in 1936 in response to witnessing a lynching as a boy at the turn of the century in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dancers from Nimbus Dance Works will perform from Lynchtown. Jeff Friedman, an associate professor from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, will also provide a multi-media lecture about Lynchtown, to draw parallels to current social issues and to help the audience to experience the important legacy of social and political expression in modern dance. This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Lauren Schmidt’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Progressive, Alaska Quarterly Review, New York Quarterly, Rattle, Nimrod, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Ekphrasis Journal, Wicked Alice and other journals. Her chapbook, The Voodoo Doll Parade (Main Street Rag), was selected as part of the 2011 Author’s Choice Chapbooks Series. Her first full-length collection, Psalms of The Dining Room (Wipf & Stock) is forthcoming. An open mike will follow the reading.
June 2013 Events
Film historian Dr. Robert Knoll will introduce Some Like It Hot, one of Hollywood’s most popular comedies. When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, (none other than Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis), witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre they are desperate to get a gig out of town. The only job that is available is in an all girl band heading to Florida. Dressed as Josephine and Daphne mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden when they meet up with the gangsters who want to rub them out. This film is directed by Billy Wilder and also stars Marilyn Monroe. 2 hours.
Master storyteller Marc Mappen applies a generational perspective to the gangsters of the Prohibition era, men born in the quarter century span from 1880 to 1905,who came to power with the Eighteenth Amendment. Today the names of these young men, Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Dutch Schultz, Legs Diamond, and Nucky Johnson are more familiar than [...]
Marjorie Selden and Aundrey Mitchell, will accompany each other on violas for an evening of classical selections.
A founding member of Trillium, Marjorie Selden studied viola with Dr. Nathan Gottschalk and Walter Trampler. An active freelance musician, Ms. Selden plays in the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, Delaware Valley Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea. She also performs in faculty recitals at Westminster Conservatory. Ms. Selden teaches violin and viola at the conservatory and also is program coordinator for the Adult Chamber Reading Ensemble.
When may I stick my nose into someone else’s affairs? To what extent is another person’s safety my responsibility? What is the Torah’s guide to business practices? When does the minority take precedence over the majority? These are some of the questions Rabbi Dr. Joseph Novick will try to answer while giving his talk on following the Biblical road to “ethical living”. Rabbi Novick promises to lead us to astonishing discoveries!
Rabbi Dr. Joseph Novick received his Ordination from Yeshiva University and Doctorate in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University. He was a faculty member of the Jerusalem Academy of Contemporary Judaic Studies and the Melton Institute. Rabbi Novick was a founding member of Bridges to Understanding, An Interethnic Coalition, and the Jewish Identity Project at Rutgers University. Dr. Novick served as a pulpit Rabbi, school psychologist, and director, Jewish Community Relations Council.
Jordan Sonnenblick, author of seven books for children and young adults, was an eight grade English teacher when he wrote Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie for one of his students. The twelve year old sister was having a hard time when her brother was undergoing cancer treatments. At the time, Sonnenblick couldn’t find another novel on the subject, and his writing career was born. He has also written Notes From the Midnight Driver, Zen and the Art of Faking It, and Dodger and Me. As a graduating senior at Stuyvesant High School, his English teacher, Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes, awarded him a writing prize. A book signing will follow his presentation.
Why should you start a blog? Learn what the difference is between a blog and a website. Find out about easy blogging tools, how often to blog, and what to write in a blog. Do you write? Take photos? Run a business? Work for a non-profit? All or any of the above? We will be exploring both the technical aspects of blogging (how to set up a blog) and the social aspects (how to get and maintain readers). The workshop will touch on blogging for monetary gain as well.
Acoustic English Guitarist Kenny Cunningham grew up in Liverpool with the voices of the Beatles in his ear. He will reconnect you with your youth and artists the likes of Simon and Garfunkel. Why not introduce your children to your favorite tunes on the first day of summer vacation! Don’t miss a great night of folk and rock music. The concert will run from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.
Poet and English professor Maxine Susman will conduct a poetry workshop. Each participant will produce a poem and have the opportunity to read it to the group. Maxine Susman, formerly a literature and writing professor at Caldwell College, has published in several dozen journals and anthologies, including Paterson Literary Review, CHEST, Runes, Earth’s Daughters, US 1 Worksheets, Home Planet News, and Poet Lore. Maxine has published four poetry collections: Gogama (2006) is about her father, a young Jewish doctor in remote Northern Ontario during the Great Depression. Wartime Address (2009) tells of a young woman trapped in Occupied Paris in World War 2 before escaping to Free France and Tunis. Familiar (2009) focuses on family life, place, and shifting states of mind and body. Creamery Road, published in 2011, tells stories of rural New York State and Maine. Please register at the front desk or call the library at 732-572-2750.
July 2013 Events
An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust, and human possibility. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street-smart ex-con caretaker, The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. 1 hour, 52 minutes-French.
In German-occupied Pairs, a young unemployed Algerian named Younes earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities, including its rector Ben Ghabrit, of aiding Muslim resistance agents and helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates. French, 1 hour, 39 minute, French with English subtitles.
The kids are doing it and having fun, now it’s your turn! Artist and teacher Shelley Phillips will demonstrate how to create origami works of art for adults. To register can all the library at 732-572-2750 or visit the front desk.
A gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir and Elena uneasily share his palatial Moscow apartment. He’s a still-virile, wealthy businessman, and she’s his dowdy former nurse who has clearly ‘married up.’ When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan. 1 hour, 49 minutes. Russian with English subtitles.
The rumor circling the halls is that Beecham House (the home for retired musicians) is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. Reginald, Wilfred and Cecily are in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean. Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. 1 hour, 39 minutes. British English film.
August 2013 Events
The passionate and forbidden romance between the insane Danish King, the royal physician, and the young but strong-willed Queen leads to a revolution that changes an entire nation. 2 hour, 17 minutes. Danish with English subtitles.
Roger is a successful movie producer. Ah Tao has worked for Roger’s family as a nanny and maid over the course of four generations. When Roger comes home to find Ah Tao’s suffered a severe stroke and she is unable to care for herself, he agrees to help her relocate to a nursing home. He wants to help, but fears he’ll fail her. She needs his kindness, but doesn’t want to be a burden. As their roles reverse, he comes to understand how much she means to him. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Cantonese.
The kids are doing it and having fun, now it’s time for you to have your turn! Artist and teacher Shelley Phillips will demonstrate how to create origami works of art for adults. To register call the library at 732-572-2750 or visit the front desk.
September 2013 Events
October 2013 Events
Write the first draft of a poem, read it and help critque the work of other poets. Gail Fishman Gerwin will facilitate. Gerwin is a poet and playwright who lives in Morristown, New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Lips, U.S. 1 Worksheets, Cutthroat Online, Caduceus, The American Voice in Poetry, and the Paterson Literary Review. Gail earned honorable mentions in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards and her poetic memoir, Sugar and Sand, was a finalist for the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize. Currently, Gail is preparing a second collection of poetry.