Events

February 2016 Events

Mort Farrah beach

purple star for childrens eventSand Art

For Grades 3-5
Thu, February 11, 2016, 4:00 pm

Summer is almost here or has it never left? Create a picture out of sand. Please register.

Abraham Lincoln

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Lincoln's birthday Library Closed
Fri, February 12, 2016
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Sat, February 13, 2016
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President's Day - Library Closed
Mon, February 15, 2016
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purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, February 16, 2016, 10:30 am

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

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Toddlers 6 through 24 Months Old
Wed, February 17, 2016, 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.

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purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Four to Five Years Old
Wed, February 17, 2016, 4:00 pm

Stories, crafts, creative movement and games for children 4-5 years. Please Register.

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purple star for childrens eventStory and Craft

For Kindergarten-Second Grade
Thu, February 18, 2016, 4:00 pm

Story and craft for children in grades kindergarten through second grade. Registration is required.

Jim Haba

green star for adult eventOpening the Door to Poetry with Jim Haba

Poetry Discussion and Word Play
Sat, February 20, 2016, 1:00 pm

New poets are invited to join. Discuss poems and enjoy word play! 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.

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Sun, February 21, 2016
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purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, February 23, 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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red star for teens eventAltered Matchbox Art

Art for Teens
Tue, February 23, 2016, 3:00 pm

Create a unique work of art using a simple matchbook and a variety of other craft supplies.

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purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme

For the Youngest Patrons
Wed, February 24, 2016, 10:30 am

Rhymes, songs, and stories for babies 6 – 23 Months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

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purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Four to Five Years Old
Wed, February 24, 2016, 4:00 pm

Stories, crafts, creative movement and games for children 4-5 years. Please Register.

kind strangers band

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventKind Strangers Band

Bluegrass Concert
Thu, February 25, 2016, 7:00 pm

Kind Strangers, who are a group of Highland Park neighbors and friends, is marked by authentic Bluegrass harmonies, driving banjo rolls, and a fiddler who, at the age of fifteen, has already played Carnegie Hall. Songs range from old-time bluegrass and country, to the band’s specialty: “bluegrassified” rock and pop songs made accessible by transitioning them to the classic bluegrass style. Jonathan Austin, who is pursuing a degree in music, provides the steady bass line that holds these songs together, while engineer Phil Wilson livens up each tune with his banjo picking and vocals. Dan O’Donnell, who once shared the stage with John Hartford, among others, plays guitar and sings while his son, Keith, provides vocals and the fiddle leads that have helped make this band renowned.Vocalists Maria Austin, mother of Bassist Jonathan Austin and Ana Wilson, daughter of Banjo player Phil Wilson crowns each song, providing layered, intricate harmony that shines a new light on virtually any tune. This is their third performance at the library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Sat, February 27, 2016
Highland Park Public Library

green star for adult eventArt Reception for Hui-Kuang Cheng

Artist Hui-Kuang Cheng
Sun, February 28, 2016, 2:00 pm

Hui-Kuang Cheng is displaying her ceramics in the front hall display case and her abstract paintings in the meeting room throughout February. She took her first art classes at Middlesex County College 30 years ago, the year she emigrated to the United States. She has been producing work ever since. She has had exhibits at Woodbridge and Edison libraries as well as at the OQ Coffee Cafe in Highland Park. Her art reception will be held in the meeting room from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

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red star for teens eventAnime/Manga Club

For Teens
Mon, February 29, 2016, 7:00 pm

Enjoy everything to do with Anime and Manga! Watch Anime, read Manga, discuss and do crafts!

March 2016 Events

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purple star for childrens eventTNT (Two and Three Year Olds)

Two and three year old children
Tue, March 1, 2016, 10:30 am

Stories, crafts, and songs for children ages 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Toddlers 6 through 24 months
Wed, March 2, 2016, 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.

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purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Four- Five Year Old Children
Wed, March 2, 2016, 4:00 pm

Stories, crafts, creative movement and games for children 4-5 years. Please Register.

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red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventMusical Selections from the 19th and 20th Century

Classical Pianist and Soprano Singer Shimrit Tsiporen
Thu, March 3, 2016, 7:00 pm

A passionate explorer of the classical piano repertoire, pianist Shimrit Tsiporen has been involved in several unique projects throughout her career. She has been a founder and a performer in a concert series presenting solo piano, chamber and vocal music of Chopin and Schumann on the occasion of their bicentenaries. Her doctoral studies at the Mason Gross school of the arts has been an encouraging environment for a research project on Debussy’s piano etudes which will be presented during the 2016-17 season in venues throughout the NJ and NY areas. Ms. Tsiporen has performed solo recitals with a great repertoire range which starts with Bach’s Well-tempered clavier and ends with Ben-Haim’s “5 pieces for piano”, a required piece for the 2011 Rubinstein piano competition. Her performances include classical music venues as well as community centers and private house concerts in Israel as well as the USA. An enthusiastic romanticist Shimrit is greatly interested in performing 19th century piano music which encompasses lyricism and expressive content. She frequently performs piano master works by Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms and Rachmaninov among others. Shimrit has performed nineteenth century chamber and solo recitals during the 2015-16 season.

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Sun, March 6, 2016
Deborah Carr

green star for adult eventWorried Sick-How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back

Book Talk with Deborah Carr
Thu, March 10, 2016, 7:00 pm

Deborah Carr is professor of sociology at Rutgers University. She is the author or editor of several books including Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back (2014, Rutgers University Press), and Making Up with Mom: Why Mothers and Daughters Disagree about Kids, Careers, and Casseroles (and What to Do about it)(2008, St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne). She has also written more than 100 academic journal articles and book chapters, focused on aging, stress, health, and end-of-life issues. She is editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and writes the monthly blog Bouncing Back for Psychology Today. Dr. Carr graduated from Connecticut College and earned her PhD at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Sat, March 12, 2016
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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green star for adult eventAsk the Dog Trainer

One on One with Kris Collins
Thu, March 17, 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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Sun, March 20, 2016
Gail Gerwin poet

green star for adult eventGail Fishman Gerwin

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, March 22, 2016, 7:00 pm

Gail Fishman Gerwin’s book Sugar and Sand was a Paterson Poetry Prize finalist and her second collection Dear Kinfolk, (ChayaCairn Press) earned a Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Aldrich Press recently published Crowns, her third full-length collection of new poems. She is associate poetry editor of the literary journal Tiferet. A former educator and current writing-workshop facilitator, Gail is founder of inedit, a writing/editing firm in Morristown, NJ. Her poetry, book reviews, fiction, essays, and plays appear in literary journals, other media, and on stage. See www.gailfgerwin.com.

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Good Friday – Library Closed

Library Closed Good Friday
Fri, March 25, 2016
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Sat, March 26, 2016
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Easter Sunday – Library Closed

Library Closed - Easter Sunday
Sun, March 27, 2016

April 2016 Events

Tootsie

green star for adult eventTootsie (1982)

Films of the 1980s
Tue, April 5, 2016, 6:30 pm

Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman), a brilliant but troublesome New York actor, has managed to alienate every producer on both coasts and can’t get a job. But when he hears of an opening on a popular soap opera, he applies for the job–even though the job is for a woman. Posing as “Miss Dorothy Michaels,” Michael lands the part and becomes a widely known actress. Michael ultimately finds that his disguise as a woman has made him a better man. Directed by Sidney Pollack, starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, and Teri Garr. Rated PG One hour, 56 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Beatlemania Hamburg

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventFrom the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America

A Multi Media Presentation
Thu, April 14, 2016, 7:00 pm

Many Beatles authors and scholars have cited John F. Kennedy’s assassination on 22 November 1963 as a cause of the Beatles’ sudden popularity in the United States in early 1964. Their logic: Kennedy’s assassination made America sad, then the Beatles made America happy again. But this commonly accepted answer is overly simplistic. America has suffered numerous tragedies and rebounded each time, but the popularity and staying power of the Beatles remains unmatched in American history. The real answer is that Kennedy’s life and death inadvertently primed the nation for the Beatles’ arrival and success. This 60-minute multimedia program will explain how and why. ull-time professional Beatles scholar, Aaron Krerowicz graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Theory & Composition in 2008, from Boston University in 2010 with a Master’s of Music in Composition, and from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford with a Graduate Artist Diploma in the same discipline in 2012.

Rust and Bone

green star for adult eventRust and Bone (2012)

International Film Series
Tue, April 19, 2016, 6:30 pm

Jacques Audiard, director of the award winning film, The Prophet, brings us a new drama about two souls reunited in tragedy. Marion Cotillard Academy Award winner for 2007 Best Actress, LaVie En Rose) gives a tourde force performance as Stephanie, an orca trainer whose life is transformed when during a show tragedy strikes. Faced with unbearable circumstances she turns to Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) a street boxer fighting his own battle of life-changing events. As their stories intersect, they navigate a gritty relationship in a world where love and courage appear in many forms. French. Rated R. Two hours. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Barbara Crooker

green star for adult eventBarbara Crooker

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, April 26, 2016, 7:30 pm

Barbara Crooker’s poems have appeared in magazines such as The Green Mountains Review, The Hollins Critic, The Christian Science Monitor, Smartish Pace, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod, The Denver Quarterly, The Tampa Review, Poetry International, The Christian Century, America and anthologies such as The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Good Poems for Hard Times (Viking Penguin), Boomer Girls (University of Iowa Press), and Commonwealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State University Press). She is the recipient of the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize, the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award from Rosebud, the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the 2004 Pennsylvania Center for the Book Poetry in Public Places Poster Competition, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, the 2003 “April Is the Cruelest Month” Award from Poets & Writers, the 2000 New Millenium Writing’s Y2K competition, the 1997 Karamu Poetry Award, and others, including three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, sixteen residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; a residency at the Moulin a Nef, Auvillar, France; and a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.

May 2016 Events

Jimmy's Hall - film

green star for adult eventJimmy’s Hall (2015)

International Film Series
Tue, May 3, 2016, 6:30 pm

In this English film, Jimmy Gralton’s sin in 1921, on the brink of Civil War, was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland. Young people come to the hall to learn, argue, dream and above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity, its socialist and free spirited reputation brought it under scrutiny of the church leaders and politicians. Jimmy was forced to flee. a decade later as Jimmy rejoins the community, only to find it culturally oppressed and poverty stricken. Jimmy courageously reopens the hall in the face of whatever trouble it may bring. Rated R. One hour, 49 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Poet Martin Espada

green star for adult eventPoet Martin Espada

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, May 10, 2016, 7:30 pm

Called by Sandra Cisneros “the Pablo Neruda of North American poets, “ Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His new collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993) and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990).His many honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and will be reissued in a new edition this fall. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Ocean Vuong

green star for adult eventOcean Vuong

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, May 24, 2016, 7:30 pm

Ocean Vuong’s first full-length collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press (2016). He is also the author of two chapbooks: No (YesYes Books, 2013) and Burnings (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010), which was an American Library Association’s Over The Rainbow selection. A 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, Ocean has received honors and awards from Poets House, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and a Pushcart Prize. His poetry and fiction have been featured in Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and the American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. His work has been translated into Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, French, Italian, Hindi, Spanish, and Ukrainian.Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he resides in New York City and is currently at work on his first novel.

June 2016 Events

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red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventCommunity Blood Drive

In the Meeting Room
Thu, June 2, 2016, 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.

ghostbusters

green star for adult eventGhostbusters (1984)

Films of the Eighties
Tue, June 7, 2016, 6:30 pm

The paratroopers of the paranormal face their greatest challenge when a woman discovers that her refrigerator leads directly to the gates of Hell! With the whole world watching, it’s up to the Ghostbusters to keep Manhattan from becoming a madhouse. Directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson. Rated PG. One hour, 45 minutes.Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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