Events

March 2017 Events

Penguins of Madagascar film

purple star for childrens eventPopsicle Stick Penguins

For Kindergarten through Second Graders
Mon, March 27, 2017, 4:00 pm

Penguin story and craft. Recommended for Kindergarten through Second graders.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, March 27, 2017, 7:30 pm

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, March 28, 2017, 10:30 am

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

red star for teens eventTeen Gaming Afternoon

Teen Games
Tue, March 28, 2017, 3:00 pm

Hang out with your friends after school. We’ll provide the games, snacks, and music!

green star for adult eventPoet Maxine Susman

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, March 28, 2017, 7:00 pm

Welcome to the Spring Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series. We will have an open mic after our featured reader. Maxine Susman’s poems are about nature, art, history, and shifting states of body and mind. A long-time resident of Central Jersey who lived for 28 years in Highland Park, she taught literature and writing at Rutgers and at Caldwell University, and currently teaches poetry writing and short story courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Rutgers University (OLLIRU). Her work appears in The Healing Muse, Blueline, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Ekphrasis, Adanna, and other journals and anthologies. Recent awards include Third Place in the 2016 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention for the New Jersey Poets Prize, and the Marlene Pomper Teaching Award from OLLIRU. Maxine has published six chapbooks. Gogama tells the story of her father as a young doctor in the bush country of Northern Ontario during the Great Depression; Wartime Address is about a young British woman escaping from Occupied France. Provincelands, her new book (2016), is set among the dunes, beaches, and salt marshes of Outer Cape Cod. In her poetry she explores where and how feelings and ideas take form, sometimes in nature and sometimes in the human-made world.

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purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Our Youngest Patrons
Wed, March 29, 2017, 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.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Wed, March 29, 2017, 4:00 pm

Story, games, and craft for children four and five years old. Please register.

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green star for adult eventHearing Screening in the Meeting Room

Saint Peter's University Hospital Nurses
Thu, March 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

A team of nurses from Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Community Mobile Health Services will give hearing tests at the library. Please register for the five-seven minute hearing test. The mobile team will be here between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM. Nurses will also answer your health related questions.This program is a Part of the Highland Park Public Library’s Health and Wellness Series.

April 2017 Events

green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Diane Lockward

Write a Poem
Sat, April 1, 2017, 2:00 pm

Diane Lockward is the author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2013) and The Crafty Poet Poet II: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2016), and four full-length collections of poetry, most recently, The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement (Wind Publications, 2016). Her earlier books are , What Feeds Us, which received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and Eve’s Red Dress. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Against Perfection and Greatest Hits: 1997 – 2010. This afternoon she will give prompts and participants will write a few new poems.

Friends of the Library Meeting

Help Plan the Book Sale
Mon, April 3, 2017, 7:00 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, April 4, 2017, 10:30 am

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

Everything, Everything Book Discussion

Teen Book Discussion
Tue, April 4, 2017, 3:00 pm

Read and discuss the book Everything, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon before the movie comes out next month! PLEASE REGISTER!!

green star for adult eventPoets of the Palisades II

A Reading by Six Poets
Tue, April 4, 2017, 7:00 pm

Six poets whose work appears in the major new anthology: META-LAND: Poets of the Palisades II will be reading at the Highland Park Library on Tuesday April 4 at 7 PM! Meta-Land, published by The Poets Press, assembles 121 works by 58 poets, arranged in 11 themed sections, as well as original artwork from the same community of artists and writers. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Poets reading at this event will include Paul Nash, John J. Trause, Denise La Neve, Juditha Dowd, Therese Halscheid, and David Messineo. All of the pieces that appear in the anthology are by authors who were featured in the on-going North Jersey Literary Series held at the Classic Quiche Café in Teaneck, New Jersey between 2010 and 2015. Viewed in geological time, poetry is a recent phenomenon, even in an ancient outcropping like the New Jersey Palisades. After five millennia of recorded history, toward the end of the 20th Century, writers begin to gather together, to coalesce in cafes, libraries and other literary watering holes upon or near the ancient basaltic fastness of the Palisades. This post-geological phenomenon has been collectively named “The Palisades Poetry Movement.” This new volume, Meta-Land, assembles 121 works by 58 poets, arranged in 11 themed sections. All of the pieces that appear in the anthology are by authors who were featured in the on-going North Jersey Literary Series held at the Classic Quiche Café in Teaneck, New Jersey between 2010 and 2015. This collection delves deeply into our ‘metaperceptions:’ how we see ourselves, the universe, and what we question, feel or think. Diverse voices that represent a modern world of both natural beauty and cosmopolitan sophistication explore the fundamental nature of reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason and mind. We find ourselves in a ‘Meta-Land,’ where symbols of symbols are nested like matryoshkas, and meaning’s reach extends past all horizons.

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purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

Babies 6 - 23 months
Wed, April 5, 2017, 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.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Cancelled due to snow
Wed, April 5, 2017, 4:00 pm

Story, games, and craft for children four and five years old. Please register.

green star for adult eventBlood Sugar and Blood Pressure Screening

Blood Pressure and Glucose Screening
Thu, April 6, 2017, 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 eventMoana (PG)

Afternoon Movies for Kids
Fri, April 7, 2017, 1:30 pm

Enjoy an animated adventure! In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. Voices include Auli’i Cruvalho, Rachel House, and Dwayne Johnson. One hour, 47 minutes

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

Two and three year old children
Tue, April 11, 2017, 10:30 am

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

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purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Toddlers 6 through 24 months
Wed, April 12, 2017, 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.

Book Break - boy reading book

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Wed, April 12, 2017, 4:00 pm

Story, games, and craft for children four and five years old. Please register.

green star for adult eventThe Publishing of a Novel

Author Tisha Bender
Thu, April 13, 2017, 7:00 pm

Tisha Bender, who has been teaching in the Rutgers Writing Program since 2004, published her first novel P.U.N.C.H. in 2015. P.U.N.C.H. explores every humorous facet of online university teaching. Tisha will talk about how she got the idea for her novel, how she went about writing it, and the steps she took to get her work published. If you have always wanted to write and publish a novel, Professor Bender will answer your questions. Born and raised in London, she attended the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics. Since coming to America she has taught in a number of universities including Cornell Off Campus College and the New School before teaching at the Rutgers Writing Program. Professor Bender has also published two editions of Discussion Based Online Teaching to enhance Student Learning.

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purple star for childrens eventTwilight Tales

Evening Family Story Time
Mon, April 17, 2017, 6:30 pm

Enjoy listening to new stories before bedtime. Recommended for ages 3-5 years of age.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For two and three year olds
Tue, April 18, 2017, 10:30 am

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

red star for teens eventRecycled Craft: Rolled Magazine Art

Teen Craft Afternoon
Tue, April 18, 2017, 3:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day a few days early and make a beautiful work of art out of upcycled magazines!

green star for adult eventLove and Friendship (2016)

Tue, April 18, 2017, 6:30 pm

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-law’s estate and while there is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica, and for herself naturally. This comedy is based on Jane Austin’s novella, Lady Susan. Rated PG. 1 hour, 32 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-23 Months of Age
Wed, April 19, 2017, 10:30 am

Rhymes, songs, and stories for our patrons 6-23 months of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Ages 4-5 years
Wed, April 19, 2017, 4:00 pm

Story, games, and craft for children four and five years old. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventPerler Bead Craft

Craft for Children in 2-5 Grades
Mon, April 24, 2017, 3:30 pm

Make your own bead craft. Please Register. Grades 2-5. Please register.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, April 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Twos and Three Year Olds
Tue, April 25, 2017, 10:30 am

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

red star for teens eventBlackout Poetry

Teen Afternoon
Tue, April 25, 2017, 3:00 pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month and create your own poem! Blackout poetry is when a poet takes a marker to already established text–like in a newspaper–and starts redacting words until a poem is formed.

Maria Gillan

green star for adult eventMaria Mazziotti Gillan

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, April 25, 2017, 7:00 pm

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions).
She is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. She has published 18 books, including: What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 (Guernica Editions), The Place I Call Home and The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books), Ancestors’ Song (Bordighera Press), and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica). With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Visit her website at www.mariagillan.com.

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-24 Months of Age
Wed, April 26, 2017, 10:30 am

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

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Ages 4-5 years
Wed, April 26, 2017, 4:00 pm

Story, games, and craft for children four and five years old. Please register.

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, April 27, 2017, 7:00 pm

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. Join us for a future Meditation Circle on Thursday, May 25.

May 2017 Events

red star for teens eventMother’s Day Card Making

Teen Craft Afternoon
Tue, May 9, 2017, 3:00 pm

Create a beautiful card for your mom or mother figure!

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purple star for childrens eventTwilight Tales

Evening Family Story Time
Mon, May 15, 2017, 6:30 pm

Enjoy listening to new stories before bedtime. Recommended for ages 3-5 years of age.

red star for teens eventAfter School Games

Discover New Games
Tue, May 16, 2017, 3:00 pm

Hang out with your friends after school. We’ll provide the games, snacks and music!

Wanda Praisner

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tue, May 16, 2017, 7:00 pm

Wanda S. Praisner, a poet in residence for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, has published four collections of poems, Natirar (2017), 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.

green star for adult eventLife Story Workshop-Outline Your Life Story

Memoir Writing Workshop
Thu, May 18, 2017, 6:30 pm

Would you like to create a written record of your life experiences to share with family and friends? Donna Atkins, a communications specialist in the application of narrative and story telling, will guide you through activities, and interactive exercises. She will also provide constructive feedback. You will leave the workshop with a full outline of your memoir. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. This is a two hour workshop.

Highland Park Public Library

green star for adult eventHealth Fair with JFK Medical Center

Hospital Staff Will Answer Questions
Sun, May 21, 2017, 1:30 pm

JFK Medical Center staff will set up the following health stations to answer questions: Pharmacy, Sugar and Cholesterol screening, Physical Therapy, Breast Exam and Treatment Information, “Having the Conversation” Advanced Directive (Living Will), and Neurosciences-Stroke Prevention. The Health Fair will be held from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Each table will have medical staff to answer your questions.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, May 22, 2017, 7:30 pm
Highland Park Public Library

red star for teens eventRelaxation and Coloring

Teen Craft
Tue, May 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Unwind after a hectic day at school with some soothing coloring, healthy snacks, and calm music!

Highland Park Public Library

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventIllusionist (Animated)

Friends International Film Series
Tue, May 23, 2017, 6:30 pm

Since magic tricks can’t compete with rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s, a French illusionist (Jean-Claude Donda) finds himself touring Scotland’s shabby pubs. Life brightens for him when he meets Alice, a girl who believes his powers are real. Together they travel to Edinburgh for a performance, but he doesn’t have the heart to reveal that his feats are merely tricks, and risks financial ruin by giving her gifts supplied by his magic. This English/French film was a 2011 Oscar nominee in the animated film category. One hour, twenty minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, May 25, 2017, 7:00 pm

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.

June 2017 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, June 19, 2017, 7:30 pm

July 2017 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, July 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

August 2017 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, August 28, 2017, 7:30 pm

September 2017 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, September 25, 2017, 7:30 pm

October 2017 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, October 23, 2017, 7:30 pm

November 2017 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, November 27, 2017, 7:30 pm

December 2017 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, December 18, 2017, 7:30 pm
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