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April 2015 Events

 
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Library Closed

Saturday, April 25, 2015
 

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red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventEnvironmental Film Series – Trashed – No Place for Garbage

Highland Park High School Environmental Club Program
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:30 pm

Trashed: No Place for Garbage is the third film in the series that the Highland Park High School Environmental Club is showing at the library. Jeremy Irons, the actor, narrates this film that looks at the risks from the pollution of the air, land and sea to the food chain and the environment. Irons has conversations with scientists, politicians and individuals affected by waste pollution from Iceland to Indonesia. The film has been praised as a political wake up call that provides much needed sustainable approaches to how the world deals with trash. Special guest speaker Lauren Singer will talk about living a waste free life. Singer is the owner of The Simply Co., where she manufactures organic laundry detergent. Sarah Liebau, co-leader of the Environmental Club will also be on hand with other members to present the environmental programs.

Belle

purple star for childrens eventBelle the Reading Dog

For Children Who Are Already Reading
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:00 pm

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.


Wanda Praisner

green star for adult eventPoetry Night Series – Wanda S. Praisner

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:30 pm

Wanda S. Praisner, a poet in residence for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, has published three collections of poems, Where the Dead Are (2013), On the Bittersweet Avenues of Pomona (2006), and A Fine and Bitter Snow (2003). She has been a featured reader at the Governor’s Conference on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Her work appears in Confrontation, Lullwater Review, New York Magazine and Slant. An open mic and book signing will follow the reading.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

Babies 6 - 23 months
Tuesday, April 21, 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.


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red star for teens eventGamer’s Guild

For Teens
Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:00 pm

Join us for the first ever Gamer’s Guild meeting at the library! If you enjoy tabletop games, RPG games, card games such as Magic the Gathering, or even handheld video games, then this may be the group for you! Please join us for our first meeting.

Georgie therapy dog

purple star for childrens eventRead to Georgie – A Therapy Dog

For Children Who Are Already Reading
Monday, April 20, 2015, 3:30 pm

For children who are already reading, this is a good chance to practice reading with a non-judgmental listener. Georgie is a five year old Basenji mix who was rescued from North Carolina. Georgie gets along with her new family very well which includes a two year old and a four year old. Her patience with their games encouraged her new family to train her and Georgie is a certified therapy dog. Each child will be allotted 15 minutes to read to Georgie.Please register with Children’s Librarian Fran Lee.


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Library Closed

Sunday, April 19, 2015
 

Day after Kristallnacht

green star for adult eventHolocaust Remembrance Day

A Program with Rabbi Dr. Berhard H. Rosenberg and Dr. Michael G. Kesler
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 pm

Rabbi Dr. Bernard H. Rosenberg, who has been one of the pioneering voices for Holocaust and Genocide Education, offers an insightful presentation rich with new perspectives. Working in the Jewish and secular communities, he has been fighting for human rights, respectful Holocaust commemoration and preventing genocide.As a professor of communications at Yeshiva University and a part-time lecturer in the Department of Communication at Rutgers University, he has trained thousands of students to go out into the world and deliver their messages with clarity and coherence. Dr. Rabbi Rosenberg is author of The Holocaust As Seen Through Film and the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth-El of Edison. Dr. Michael G. Kesler,who has published extensively of his and his late wife’s experiences during WW II, will be joining Rabbi Rosenberg. His award winning Shards of War—Fleeing To & From Uzbekistan, has won praise and was, for over half a year, placed on the list of bestselling e-books in Europe.

Belle

purple star for childrens eventBelle the Reading Dog

For Children Who Are Already Reading
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:00 pm

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.


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purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Four to Five Years Old
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 3:30 pm

Story time for 4-5 year olds. Registration required.

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purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For 2-3 year olds
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 10:30 am

Art, songs, and stories for our patrons ages 2-3 years accompanied by an adult. Please register.


Ida

green star for adult eventIda (2014)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:30 pm

Poland 1962. On the eve of her vows, 18 year old Anna meets her estranged Aunt Wanda, a cynical Communist judge who shocks the naive Anna with a stunning revelation: Anna is Jewish and her real name is Ida. Ida and Wanda embark on a revelatory journey to their old family house to discover the fate of Ida’s birth parents and unearth dark secrets dating back to the Nazi occupation. This film from Poland is directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) and photographed in stunning black and white. Ida is a vital and cinematic evocation of postwar Poland and an intensely personal tale of moral and spiritual awakening. PG-13. One hour, 54 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Our Youngest Patrons
Tuesday, April 14, 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.


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Friends of the Library Meeting

Help Plan the Book Sale
Monday, April 13, 2015, 7:00 pm

Join us for a meeting to plan the upcoming Spring book sale.

Georgie therapy dog

purple star for childrens eventRead to Georgie – A Therapy Dog

For Children Already Reading
Monday, April 13, 2015, 3:30 pm

For children who are already reading, this is a good chance to practice reading with a non-judgmental listener. Georgie is a five year old Basenji mix who was rescued from North Carolina. Georgie gets along with her new family very well which includes a two year old and a four year old. Her patience with their games encouraged her new family to train her and Georgie is a certified therapy dog. Each child will be allotted 15 minutes to read to Georgie.Please register with Children’s Librarian Fran Lee.


joyce browning painting

green star for adult eventBrowning Art Reception

Mixed Media Show
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2:00 pm

Joyce Browning, a long time resident of New Brunswick, is presenting a mixed media show at the Highland Park Public Library in April 2015. An art reception will be held Sunday, April 12 from 2:00PM to 4:00 PM.


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Library Closed

Saturday, April 11, 2015
 

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red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventBlue Gold – World Water Wars – Environmental Film

Highland Park High School Environmental Club Program
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30 pm

Blue Gold-World Water Wars examines environmental and political implications of the Earth’s dwindling water supply. It predicts that in the future wars will be fought over water. It also includes successful stories about activits and calls for community action.
The Highland Park High School Environmental Club will be presenting three films at the library leading up to Earth Day. The three films are, Trashed: No Place for Garbage, Blue Gold:World Water Wars and Black fish, about Sea World’s mistreatment of ocean creatures. Sarah Liebau, co-leader of the Environmental Club will be on hand with other members to present the environmental programs. Guest speakers will also be on hand to offer more information on environmental topics.


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green star for adult eventManhattan (1979)

Films in the Seventies: Hollywood's Second Golden Age
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6:30 pm

Director Woody Allen stars as a frustrated television writer Isaac Davis, a twice-divorced malcontent facing middle age alone after his wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), leaves him for a woman. Isaac is dating fresh-faced Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), a high school girl he knows is wrong for him, and begins to wonder if he and brainy writer Mary (Diane Keaton), the mistress of his best friend, might make a better couple. Director Woody Allen stars as a frustrated television writer Isaac Davis, a twice-divorced malcontent facing middle age alone after his wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), leaves him for a woman. Isaac is dating fresh-faced Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), a high school girl he knows is wrong for him, and begins to wonder if he and brainy writer Mary (Diane Keaton), the mistress of his best friend, might make a better couple. Woody Allen directed this film that was nominated for two Academy Awards. Black and white photography and the music of George Gershwin highlight and enhance the Manhattan setting. Rated R. One hour, 36 minutes. Selection and introduction by Dr. Robert Knoll. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Doctor Who - Raconteur Radio

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventDoctor Who: A Staged Radio Play Parody & Themed Party

For Dr. Who Fans of All Ages
Monday, April 6, 2015, 7:00 pm

Raconteur Radio is back to do a parody of the ever popular Doctor Who Show that continues to draw fans from generations of viewers! Alex Dawson is bringing his troupe of actors back to give us a rip roaring show complete with “Sonic Screwdrivers” (pretzels dipped in chocolate and sprinkles). Since 1963, when the BBC unleashed their cult television classic, Doctor Who has continued to be our favorite time traveling humanoid alien! In one form or another he has maintained his status as a “Time Lord”.


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Library Closed

Sunday, April 5, 2015
 

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Good Friday

Library Closed
Friday, April 3, 2015

blackfish film

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventBlackfish – Environmental Film

Highland Park High School Enviromental Club Program
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6:30 pm

Blackfish is a 2013 documentary that follows the captivity of Tilikum, an Orca, since its capture in 1983 from Iceland. Involved in the death of her trainer at Sea World in Florida, the film follows her life at the popular aquarium in Florida. Viewers can see for themselves the consequences of keeping such intelligent and sensitive animals in captivity.The Highland Park High School Environmental Club will be presenting to more films at the library leading up to Earth Day. The next two films are, Trashed: No Place for Garbage, and Blue Gold:World Water Wars. Sarah Liebau, co-leader of the Environmental Club will be on hand with other members to present the environmental programs. Guest speakers will also be on hand to offer more information on environmental topics.

Penguins of Madagascar film

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventPenguins of Madagascar

Spring Break Cinema
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 1:00 pm

Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it. Rated PG, 1 hr., 32 minutes


March 2015 Events

 
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red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventCommunity Blood Drive

In the Meeting Room
Tuesday, March 31, 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.


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Library Closed

Saturday, March 28, 2015
 

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green star for adult eventPoetry Night with Norman Stock

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:30 pm

Norman Stock is the author of two books of poetry: Pickled Dreams Naked (NYQ Books, 2010) and Buying Breakfast For My Kamikaze Pilot(Gibbs Smith, 1994, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Contest). His poems have appeared in The New Republic, College English The New York Quarterly, Verse, The New England Review, Denver Quarterly, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies and textbooks. The recipient of awards from the Writer’s Voice, Poets & Writers’ Maureen Egan Writers Exchange, the Bennington Writing Workshops, and the Tanne Foundation, he has also been a Bread Loaf fellow, a Sewanee scholar, and a finalist for Poet Laureate of Queens. Formerly the Acquisitions Librarian at Montclair State University, from which he retired in 2005, he lives with his wife, Lydia Chang, a clinical psychotherapist, in Jackson Heights New York.

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red star for teens eventGraphically Speaking

Teen Graphic Novel Discussion Club
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 3:00 pm

Join us as we discuss some of the graphic novels by Doug TenNape! Titles to be discussed include Ghostopolis, Cardboard, and Tommysaurus Rex! Please register to guarantee yourself a slice of pizza!


Reminder

Library Closed

Sunday, March 22, 2015
 

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green star for adult eventFriends of the Library Meeting

Join the Friends
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:00 pm

Join us for a meeting to plan the upcoming Spring book sale.

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purple star for childrens eventLego Day for Grades Three-Five

Thursday Specials fo Older Kids
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 3:00 pm

Enjoy an afternoon dedicated to Lego fun and refreshments!


le chef

green star for adult eventLe Chef (2014)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 pm

Self-taught aspiring chef Jacky (Michaël Youn) has the talent, but not the luck. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is in danger of losing his reputation, along with his beloved restaurant. Fate brings the two together and helps them along a journey through the intoxicating world of French haute-cuisine. A legend in his own time, Lagarde is in serious conflict with Stanislas Matter (Julien Boisselier), the new CEO of the group that owns his restaurant. Desperate to cling to his status as a Three Star chef Lagarde teams up with Jacky and together they try to find the balance between tradition and trend, as well as between family life and food obsession. Rated PG-13. One hour, 24 minutes.


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red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventOnly In America

Scenes from a Play
Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:00 pm

Studio J Theater, a theater group for ages 7-17, will be performing a few scenes from their new production, Only in America, which will be performed in its entirety on Sunday, March 29 at 5:00 PM at the Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation Anshe Emet. Written by Robert E. Lee and Jerome Lawrence, and directed by Stacy Gleenblatt, the play is based on the real story about a New York Jew who moves to North Carolina in the 1950s to write and distribute a newspaper. The story follows his plight to befriend the community and help them to integrate the schools. Humor and wit helps explore social justice and forgiveness between people.


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Library Closed

Saturday, March 14, 2015
 

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purple star for childrens eventAfter School Specials

For children in Grades Kindergarten- Second
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 4:00 pm

Stories, creative drama, art activities for children in kindergarten through second grade. Please register.


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red star for teens eventFinger knitting (Look Ma, No Knitting Needles)

Teen Craft
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 3:00 pm

Learn yet another way to knit without needles! Make a beautiful knit project! Please register.


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Library Closed

Sunday, March 8, 2015
 

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green star for adult eventArt Reception for Lefkowitz and Knorr

Recent Paintings
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 2:00 pm

An art reception for the exhibit Repurposing, Reweaving: Recent Paintings by Miriam Lefkowitz and Tamora Knorr will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. The public is invited.


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purple star for childrens eventWishing Wands – Craft for Grades Three-Five

Thursday Specials fo Older Kids
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 3:00 pm

Make a Wishing Wand and enjoy refreshments.

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Library Closed due to weather

Thursday, March 5, 2015
 

read books with librarian

purple star for childrens eventAfter School Specials

For children in Grades Kindergarten- Second
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 4:00 pm

Stories, creative drama, art activities for children in kindergarten through second grade. Please register.


Jaws

green star for adult eventJaws (1975) Tonight

Films in the Seventies: Hollywood's Second Golden Age
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 6:30 pm

When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Oceanographer Matt Hooper (Richard Drefuss) and grizzled Ship Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man verses nature. Directed by Steven Spielberg in his first major film. Selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll. Rated PG. Two hours and 4 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


February 2015 Events

 
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Library Closed

Saturday, February 28, 2015
 

kind strangers band

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

Bluegrass Concert
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 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. Vocalist Lara Arp crowns each song, providing layered, intricate harmony that shines a new light on virtually any tune. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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purple star for childrens eventPerler Beads Craft for Grades Three-Five

Thursday Specials fo Older Kids
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 3:00 pm

Make an original creation with popular Perler Beads. Refreshments too!


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red star for teens eventChocolate Olympics

Teen Program
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 3:00 pm

At this very sweet program, compete against your friends in M&M sorting, Name the Candy Bar, and Oreo snacking!


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Library Board Meeting

Monday, February 23, 2015, 7:30 pm
 

Reminder

Library Closed

Sunday, February 22, 2015
 

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green star for adult eventArt Reception – “Reflections”

Reminiscences of Steve Hart
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 1:30 pm

The Highland Park Artists Collective is dedicating its February Art Exhibit, “Reflections,” to Steven Hart (1959-2015), a former long time borough resident and author. An art reception will be held on Saturday, February 21 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. At 3:00 PM, family and friends are invited to share reminiscences of Steven Hart.