August 2014 Events
Raconteur Radio Presents THE WIZARD OF MENLO PARK With Michael Jarmus, Thom Boyer, Laurence Mintz and Alex Dawson. Thomas Alva Edison reflects back upon his long, dynamic career as an inventor, scientist, and businessman, during which he opens an “invention factory” at Menlo Park, perfects the phonograph, and, with a Herculean trial-and-error effort, finally succeeds in inventing a practical electric light. Run time: 50 min. Theatrical lighting! Period Costumes! Vintage commercials. Extensive Sound Effects!
Raconteur Radio stages theatrical presentations of classic and original radio plays for live audiences throughout the Tri-state area. This Raconteur Radio’s fourth production at the library. They have already charmed audiences with The War of the Worlds, The Great Gatsby and The Wizard of Oz. This performance is being sponsored by the Friends of the library.
Labor Day Weekend
September 2014 Events
Dr. Indrani Choudhury, born in Calcutta, India, worked as a biomedical research scientist for 25 years beginning in India and continuing in the United States at UNDNJ until she retired in 2005. That year she reconnected to her first passion – painting. Her paintings span her whole universe, from her local supermarket in New Jersey, to her childhood home in Calcutta, to scenes from travels around the world. In each she tries to express something specific – a particular color, the interplay of light and shade, a moment we see but never notice, or a memory she has carried since her childhood. She paints to communicate the way she sees the world. Her paintings will be in the meeting room and the front hall display case through September 30.
Enjoy everything to do with Anime and Manga! watch anime, read manga, discuss and do crafts!
Join us as we decorate notebooks and pencils. You can also create fun locker decorations to make back to school a lot of fun.
Six months after his best friend has unaccountably disappeared and nobody official has been able to find him, John Klute, a small town cop, sets out for New York City. He questions Bree Daniels, a call girl to whom the missing man has allegedly written obscene letters and who holds the only possible clues to his disappearance. Directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert knoll. One hour, 54 minutes. Rated R. ** Recommended for adults only.
Enjoy everything to do with Anime and Manga! Watch anime, read manga, discuss and do crafts!
When Former nurse Norma Bowe decided to teach a course on death at a college in New Jersey, she never expected it to be popular. But year after year students crowd into her classroom, and the reason is clear: Norma’s “death class” is really about how to make the most of what poet Mary Oliver famously called our “one wild and precious life.” Under the guise of discussions about last wills and last breaths and visits to cemeteries and crematoriums, Norma teaches her students to find grace in one another.
Watch the hit new movie based on the bestselling teen novel and be sure to bring tissues!
This is your chance to read a poem, sing a song, strum a guitar or show your talent with a musical instrument. All ages are invited. Sign up at 6:30 PM and the mic will open at 7:00 PM!
Enjoy everything to do with Anime and Manga! watch anime, read manga, discuss and do crafts!
Celebrate the start of fall by making an autumn themed craft!
Alicia Suskin Ostriker is one of America’s premier poets and critics. She is author of fifteen poetry collections, including The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems, 1979-2011 and the Book of Seventy. She has received the Patterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, the William Carlos Williams Award, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. Ostriker is professor emerita of English at Rutgers university and teaches in a low-residency MFA program at Drew University. The Poetry Night Series if sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The Past is a 2013 French-Italian-Iranian drama directed by Asghar Farhadi. It was nominated for the Palmi d’Or award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Coming back to finalize his divorce procedure, Ahmad, an Iranian man, arrives in France after four years to meet his (soon-to-be) ex-wife Marie and her daughters from her previous marriage. She is in a relationship with an Arab man named Samir who has a son and whose wife is in a coma. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
October 2014 Events
In this college talk for high school students and their parents, Rana Slosberg of Slosbrg College Solutions LLC will talk about what to do before building a college list. She will also talk about the top 10 things colleges are looking for in an applicant and the five most important areas to explore on your college visit.
A private detective, Jake Gittes, hired to investigate an adultery case, stumbles on the plot of a murder involving incest and the privatization of water.If he doesn’t drop the case at once he faces legal action, but he pursues it anyway, slowly uncovering a vast conspiracy. Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Knoll. Two hours, 11 minutes. Rated R. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Try out some games on XBox Kinect.
Make a cool creation using duct tape!
Well know photographer Walter Choroszewski brings his expertise and humor to this informal Back To Basics photo class. Instead of clicking the auto button, learn about how to select ISO, f-stops, aperture shutter, speeds, lighting and composition. Lenses, depth of field and angle of coverage will also be discussed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
James Haba came to New Jersey from the Pacific Northwest over twenty years ago and is now an associate professor of English at Glassboro State College and Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. At Glassboro he produced in 1985 and 1986 a year- long program of readings and lectures, New Jersey: Heartland of American Poetry. He also designed and coordinated all six biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festivals, the largest in North America, held at Waterloo Village. James Haba was Series and Poetry Consultant with Bill Moyers for the sixteen hours of national PBS television programs which came out of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festivals: The Power of the Word (1989 Emmy Award), A Life Together: Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon (1993 Emmy Award), Poet Laureate: Rita Dove (1994), and The Language of Life (1995). An open mic will follow his reading.
Celebrate the season and decorate and make your own one of a kind mini pumpkin.
Paul Israel, director and editor of the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University, will trace the history of New Jersey, as the Innovation State. Beginning with scientific thinkers such as Thomas Edison, Dr. Israel will trace the state’s history of inventors and why so many thrived here. The 50 minute talk and Q and A will also include two Highland Park Nobel Prize winners, Arno Allan Penzias of Bell Labs and Selman Abraham Waksman of Rutgers University. Penzias, a physicist and radio astronomer, discovered the cosmic microwave background radiation that helped establish the Big Bang Theory. Waksman and members of his laboratory isolated Streptomycin and then discovered several life saving antibiotics at Rutgers University. Dr. Israel will also explore why institutions such as Bell Labs and Rutgers University provided such perfect fertile ground for scientific innovation in New Jersey.
November 2014 Events
In this animated adventure, a hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. Rated PG. One hour, 38 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
This documentary film combines photographs and first hand interviews with witnesses of the Night of Broken Glass on the eve of November 9, 1938. Rabbi Dr. Bernard H. Rosenberg, author of The Holocaust As Seen Through Film will introduce and lead a discussion about the film. Rabbi Rosenberg is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth-El of Edison.
Try out some X-Box Kinect games!
Californian lawyer Bill McKay fights for the little man. His charisma and integrity get him noticed by the Democratic Party machine and he is persuaded to run for the Senate against an apparently unassailable incumbent. It’s agreed he can handle it his own way, on his own terms. But once he’s in the race and his prospects begin to improve, the deal starts to change. Directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Robert Redford and Peter Boyle. One hour, 45 minutes. Rated PG. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Knoll. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
George Witte is the author of two collections of poems, Deniability (Orchises, 2009) and The Apparitioners (Three Rail Press, 2005). One of his poems was selected for Best American Poetry 2007. His poems have been published The Atlantic, Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and others. He was awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize for a group of poems, and received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. For twenty four years he has worked at St. Martin’s Press, as an editor, as the publisher of Picador USA, and now as editor in chief.
Adam Kirsch in a review of Deniablility said of George, “Like a Frost of the suburbs, Mr. Witte regards the domisticated landscape he inhabits with an unsettling lucidity, which gives everything he sees, a beehive, a scenic overlook, – the aspect of parable or a warning.” An open mic follows the reading.
December 2014 Events
Robert Redford stars as CIA Agent Joe Turner. Code name: Condor. When his entire office is massacred, Turner goes on the run from his enemies. After reporting the murders to his superiors, the organization wants to bring Condor in – but somebody is trying to take him out. In his frantic hunt for answers, and in a desperate run for his life, every twist leads Condor to the end of his nerves… and will take you to the edge of your seat. Directed by Sydney Pollack, Starring Robert Redford and Fay Dunaway. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Knoll. One hour, 54 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.