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December 2016 Events

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventMeditation Made Easy-Workshop II

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, December 8, 2016, 7:00 pm

Does the holiday season stress you out. Join Bobbie Ellis, director of Soma Center for a refreshing approach to meditation suitable for everyone. Learn simple embodied meditation and breathing techniques you can use everyday to reduce stress and increase presence in your life, work, and relationships. Bobbie has teaching yoga, movement and embodied meditation for 31 years. Meditation can help you live a healthier, happier life. Please join from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. To register call the library at 732-572-2750 or go to the front desk.

Belle

purple star for childrens eventRead to Belle the Library Dog

For Kindergarten through Second Graders
Thu, December 8, 2016, 6:00 pm

Belle, the library golden retriever is back to listen to new stories. Each child who registers will sign up for the entire 6 week session and will have 15 minutes to read to Belle.Our library dog is a non-judgemental listener who will help reluctant readers gain confidence. Space is limited and registration is required.

Alzheimer's New Jersey

green star for adult eventCancelled – Healthy Aging: Tips for Your Body and Brain

Alzheimer's New Jersey
Tue, December 6, 2016, 7:00 pm

Over the past several decades, researchers have explored how lifestyle factors may affect our physical and cognitive health. Diet, exercise, stress, sleep problems, and other factors may influence age-related physical and cognitive decline. Learn about the latest research on lifestyle changes and how to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine. This is the second program hosted by Alzheimer’s New Jersey. To register for the program please call Alzheimer’s New Jersey at 888-280-6055. For a full list of their programs go to www.alznj.org.

red star for teens eventHoliday Gift Box Making

Teen Craft
Tue, December 6, 2016, 3:00 pm

This is the Season for Gift Giving! Make an adorable gift box to hide something special!

music

green star for adult eventFriends of the Library Holiday Concert

Rutgers Concert Bureau
Sun, December 4, 2016, 2:00 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

Fri, December 2, 2016, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School ninth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

Belle

purple star for childrens eventRead to Belle the Library Dog

For Kindergarten through Second Graders
Thu, December 1, 2016, 6:00 pm

Belle, the library golden retriever is back to listen to new stories. Each child who registers will sign up for the entire 6 week session and will have 15 minutes to read to Belle.Our library dog is a non-judgemental listener who will help reluctant readers gain confidence. Space is limited and registration is required.

November 2016 Events

red star for teens eventDecorative Votive Holder Craft

Teen Craft Afternoon
Tue, November 29, 2016, 3:00 pm

Make a decorative votive candle holder to cast a beautiful glow in your home. Please register.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, November 28, 2016, 7:30 pm

Library Closed

Day After Thanksgiving
Fri, November 25, 2016

Library Closed

Thanksgiving Day
Thu, November 24, 2016

purple star for childrens eventFinding Dory (PG)

Movie Matinee
Wed, November 23, 2016, 1:00 pm

“Finding Dory” reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. The all-new big-screen adventure dives back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film. Refreshments. One hour, 37 minutes.

green star for adult eventPoet Catherine (Cat) Doty

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, November 22, 2016, 7:30 pm

CATHERINE DOTY is the recipient of the 2003 Marjorie J. Wilson Award, an Academy of American Poets Award, and fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She was born and raised near Garrett Mountain in Paterson, New Jersey, and has taught thereabouts for many years. She is the author of Momentum, a volume of poems from CavanKerry Press in 2004, and Just Kidding, a collection of cartoons published by Avocet Press. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, among them Garrison Keillor’s More Good Poems for Hard Times and Billy Collins’ 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. She is the recipient of the a Marjorie J. Wilson Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts and other grants and honors. Ms. Doty has worked as a visiting artist for the Frost Place, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New York Public Library and other organizations.

green star for adult eventBlood Sugar and Blood Pressure Screening

Blood Pressure and Glucose Screening
Mon, November 21, 2016, 6:30 pm

The Rutgers North American Disease Intervention, NADI, focuses on raising awareness about diabetes and hypertension by providing free health screenings and preventative care education to the community. This evening they will provide blood pressure screening, blood glucose screening, body mass index calculation, stroke risk assessment. New Jersey medical students will conduct the testing and information in the meeting room from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 Years
Fri, November 18, 2016, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School ninth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

poetry pen

Poetry Reading by OLLI-RU Poetry Workshop Class

Poetry Reading
Wed, November 16, 2016, 10:30 am

You are cordially invited to a poetry reading by the Poetry Workshop class at OLLI-RU (the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University). The reading will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Library’s Community Room. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.Now in its fourth year, the Poetry Workshop meets weekly, during fall and spring sessions, to discuss poetry and write original poems. Maxine Susman, recently retired professor of English, is the instructor. OLLI-RU is a learning community for adults over 50, offering courses in a wide range of subjects including the arts, culture, history, and public affairs.

green star for adult eventDough (Not Rated)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, November 15, 2016, 6:30 pm

This comedy drama from the United Kingdom tells the story of an unlikely friendship between an old Jewish baker and a young Muslim. Redemption comes in unlikely places! One hour, 34 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

poetry pen

red star for teens eventNaNoWriMo Write-In

For Teens
Sun, November 13, 2016, 2:00 pm

November is National Novel Writing Month. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Visit nanowrimo.org for more info and to sign up as a participant. Come to the library’s write-in to work on your novel– we’ll provide the snacks!

Library Closed

Veterans Day
Fri, November 11, 2016
Belle

purple star for childrens eventRead to Belle the Dog

For Kindergarten through Second Graders
Thu, November 10, 2016, 6:00 pm

Belle, the library golden retriever is back to listen to new stories. Each child who registers will sign up for the entire 6 week session and will have 15 minutes to read to Belle.Our library dog is a non-judgemental listener who will help reluctant readers gain confidence. Space is limited and registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventThe Jungle Book (PG)

Afternoon Movies for Kids
Thu, November 10, 2016, 1:30 pm

The Jungle Book is Walt Disney Pictures’ live action 2016 remake of their 1967 animated film based on the work of Rudyard Kipling. Enjoy an afternoon at the movies! Refreshments too! The film tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Shere Khan. The film introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli and also features the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Walken. 105 minutes

Library Closed

Election Day
Tue, November 8, 2016

red star for teens eventNew Ghostbusters Film

Movie Afternoon
Mon, November 7, 2016, 1:30 pm

Watch the new released Ghostbusters movie! Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat. Rated PG-13. Two hours.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 Years
Fri, November 4, 2016, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School ninth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

green star for adult eventCANCELLED-Understanding Memory Loss

Alzheimer's New Jersey
Tue, November 1, 2016, 7:00 pm

Memory loss that disrupts everyday life is not a normal part of aging.This Alzheimer’s New Jersey Program explores the differences between normal age related memory changes and abnormal changes that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, including some of the common warning signs. The presentation also reviews the importance of receiving a thorough diagnostic evaluation when symptoms first arise, current treatment options, and research regarding healthy aging. A second program, Healthy Aging:Tips for Your Body and Brain, will be presented by Alzheimer’s New Jersey on December 6, 2016. The programs are free but pre-registration is required by calling Alzheimer’s New Jersey at 888-280-6055. For a full list of their programs go to www.alznj.org.

October 2016 Events

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventHow I Got To Highland Park–Come Tell Your Story

Highland Park Arts Commision Story Telling
Thu, October 27, 2016, 7:00 pm

Everyone is welcome: young and old alike and everyone in between. How did you end up in Highland Park? Was it intentional or by accident? Was it funny coincidence or serious decision? We’re up for hearing everyone’s stories. Come by to listen and to share! This Story Telling event is being sponsored by the Highland Park Arts Commission.

red star for teens eventTeen Craft – Mini Pumpkin Decorating

Teen Craft
Thu, October 27, 2016, 3:00 pm

Decorate a mini pumpkin and let your creativity be the boss–make it cute, scary, or abstract! Please register.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, October 25, 2016, 11:00 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
Tue, October 25, 2016, 10:15 am

Mother Goose come alive with rhymes, songs, musical instruments and stories for babies 6 – 24 Months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, October 24, 2016, 7:30 pm

green star for adult eventBreast Cancer Awareness Talk

Thu, October 20, 2016, 7:00 pm

Jean Withers, RN, the Community Outreach Coordinator from JFK Medical Center, will provide information to women and men on the importance of breast cancer screenings, healthy eating, and well being to prevent breast cancer. This talk is part of Highland Park Public Library’s Health and Wellness Series.

green star for adult eventMarguerite (Rated R)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, October 18, 2016, 6:30 pm

In 1921 not far from Paris, it is a party day at Marguerite Dumont’s Castle. Nobody knows much about her except that she is rich and that her life is devoted to music. When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave review on her latest performance, Marguerite gains even more confidence in her talent. She begins to follow her dream. Two hours, 10 minutes. French. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

red star for teens eventGhosts Graphic Novel Discussion

Tue, October 18, 2016, 3:00 pm

Discuss the new graphic novel Ghosts by popular author Raina Telgemeir. Pizza will be served. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, October 18, 2016, 11:00 am

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

read books with librarian

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For six to 24 month olds
Tue, October 18, 2016, 10:15 am

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

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Radio Play

Raconteur Radio Actors
Thu, October 13, 2016, 6:30 pm

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE: Based on the 1886 novella by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, it tells of a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. Raconteur Radio stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature, and pop culture parodies for live audiences in a variety of venues throughout the Tri-State area: libraries, adult communities, senior centers, community/cultural centers, restaurants, bars, high schools, grammar schools, and, on occasion, private homes.
Raconteur Radio productions are staged around (and amplified by) an art deco “fat boy” and feature theatrical lighting, period costumes, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment, and extensive sound effects. The young Robert Louis Stevenson suffered from repeated nightmares of living a double life, in which by day he worked as a respectable doctor and by night he roamed the back alleys of old-town Edinburgh. In three days of furious writing, he produced a story about his dream existence. His wife found it too gruesome, so he promptly burned the manuscript. In another three days, he wrote it again. “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was published as a “shilling shocker” in 1886, and became an instant classic. In the first six months 40,000 copies were sold. Queen Victoria read it. Sermons and editorials were written about it. An intriguing combination of fantasy thriller and moral allegory, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde depicts the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities — one essentially good, the other evil — for the soul of one man. Its tingling suspense and sensitive portrayal of man’s dual nature reveals Stevenson as a writer of great skill and originality, whose power to terrify and move us remains, over a century later, undiminished.WITH: Period costumes, theatrical lighting, Golden Age radio equipment, vintage commercials, fog, and, of course, extensive sound effects. PLUS: jazz vocalist Danielle Illario sings the period ballad, Roses of Picardy. Run time: 55 min.

red star for teens eventTeen Cuisine–Paninis!

Tue, October 11, 2016, 3:00 pm

Help make a delicious after school sandwiches on the Cuisinart Griddler. Please register.

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

Two and three year old children
Tue, October 11, 2016, 11:00 am

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

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For 6-24 Months Olds
Tue, October 11, 2016, 10:15 am

Stories, rhymes and songs for children 6-24 months of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Library Closed

Columbus Day
Mon, October 10, 2016

green star for adult eventArt Reception for Jeff Cohen

October Meeting Room Display
Sun, October 9, 2016, 2:00 pm

Jeff Cohen is an award winning New Jersey fine artist. Earning a Bachelors degree in art from Upsala College, he then did graduate work in graphics at New York University. While pursuing a twenty- year career as art director for a number of New Jersey newspapers, he continued painting and sculpting at his studio. His work has appeared in numerous shows and competitions. His watercolors and acrylic paintings are owned by several private collectors, nationwide. An art reception will be held in the meeting room from 2:00 pm to 4;00 pm.

jazz musician

green star for adult eventJohn Bianculli’s Jazz Trio

A Blend of Jazz, Latin, Brazilian, Rhythm and Blues and Afro-Cuban
Thu, October 6, 2016, 7:00 pm

Jazz pianist John Bianculli’s original music is a blend of jazz, Latin, Brazilian, rhythm and blues and Afro-Cuban. John will bring his trio with Sue Williams on bass. His original music can be heard on Telarc and Dream Box records. His song “Bittersweet” made the Contemporary Jazz Charts top-ten list. He has been playing since the days when he was raised in New York City’s Greenwich Village and he has been performing with international recording artist Steve Nelson for more than five years. He has played in many different venues throughout the northeast including The Blue Note, The Rainbow Room and Jilly’s in Washington D.C. John Bianculli is a popular performer throughout the New Brunswick and Princeton area. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Twos and Three Year Olds
Tue, October 4, 2016, 11:00 am

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

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-24 Months of Age
Tue, October 4, 2016, 10:15 am

Stories, rhymes, and songs for children ages 6-24 months of age accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

September 2016 Events

green star for adult eventAmerican Song in Recital

Opera Selections
Thu, September 29, 2016, 7:00 pm

Nicholas Hay, a basso cantante singer from Highland Park, NJ, Sarah Hawkey, soprano, and Martin Neron, pianist will perform an Evening of American Song. Mr. Hay started singing at a young age in the American Boychoir, and has not looked back since. He has sung in various venues such as Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Merkin Concert Hall, and the 92nd Street Y to name a few. Mr. Hay’s roles include Zuniga in “Carmen”, Rocco in “Fidelio”, Antonio & Bartolo in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Peter Quince in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to name a few. Mr. Hay has appeared with Opera Philadelphia, Baltimore Opera Company, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, the Peabody Opera Theatre, Chelsea Opera and The Opera Festival of New Jersey. Mr. Hay will be joined by Sarah Hawkey, Soprano, and Martin Neron, Piano.
Soprano Sarah Hawkey believes that to sing is to breathe love into the world. Sarah specializes in the very old and very new: both Baroque and contemporary composers alike. This season is full of debuts, including Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Bach’s Magnificat, and Haydn’s Mariazeller Messe, as well as her Gotham Early Music Scene debut with Duo Seraphim, in collaboration with esteemed gambist Niccolo Seligmann, where they present a program of rarely-heard 17th-century French music. Sarah and Nick are together again with the Thoreau Ensemble in November, where she presents songs from the Italian Baroque. Later this season, Sarah debuts in Princeton with CUSP, a new music project, and Concordian Dawn, in a concert featuring the Medieval music of Machaut. Last season, she gave the world premieres of Surprisingly Poetic Moments from an Otherwise Typical Hiking Guidebook, a song cycle by Abraham Z. Morrison; I will not go, a duet with violin by Pamela Stein-Lynde; and Drawing Down the Moon, an opera by Hunter Long. Please visit sarahhawkey.com to learn more.

Praised as “an attentive partner” (Opera News), Canadian pianist Martin Néron has recorded different collections of French, Greek, and English art songs on the One Soul label, in addition to a program of songs by Mikis Theodorakis on the Romanos label. Mr. Néron has also recorded several concerts as a soloist and collaborative artist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). His publications on English, French, and German lyric diction, as well as French mélodie, have been featured in Australian Voice and Journal of Singing. His first book, Francis Poulenc: Selected Song Texts, was recently published by Leyerle Publications. Mr. Néron recently joined the Board of Directors of Joy In Singing, and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (DMA), Westminster Choir College, and Université de Montréal.

Literacy Tutor Training

Tutor Training
Wed, September 28, 2016, 10:30 am

Literacy New Jersey is a non-profit organization that matches tutors to new English learners. The Tutor Training Program is a 12-hour course provided to new tutors for Literacy New Jersey. The trainees are taught the main principles of adult learning and are certified to begin tutoring with Literacy New Jersey at the completion of the […]

Jim Haba

green star for adult eventPoet Jim Haba

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, September 27, 2016, 7:30 pm

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.

red star for teens eventWire Picture Holder Craft

Teen Craft Afternoon
Tue, September 27, 2016, 3:00 pm

Learn how to make a creative picture holder out of wire to display your favorite photographs!

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Two and Threes)

Story time for two and three year olds
Tue, September 27, 2016, 11:00 am

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

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-24 Months of Age
Tue, September 27, 2016, 10:15 am

Rhymes, songs, and stories for our patrons 6-24 months of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.