Events

May 2019 Events

TNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Tue, May 21, 2019, 10:30 am

Stories, songs and crafts for children two and three years old accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Registration is required.

green star for adult eventBack to Burgundy (Not Rated)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, May 21, 2019, 6:30 pm

After a 10 year absence, Jean returns to his hometown when his father falls ill. Reuniting with his sister Juliette and his brother Jeremie, they must rebuild their relationship and trust as a family. One hour, 53 minutes. French.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

Babies 6 - 23 months
Wed, May 22, 2019, 10:30 am

Stories, songs and rhymes for babies and toddlers 6-23 months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Wed, May 22, 2019, 3:45 pm

Creative drama, stories and art activities for children four and five years old. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, May 23, 2019, 6:00 pm

Read to Daisy, a therapy dog, who loves to listen to stories. This is for children who already are reading and need practice to become more confident readers. Each child who registers will read to Daisy for 10-15 minutes each Thursday for the duration of the program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up now as space is limited. We will meet in the quiet study room.

purple star for childrens eventBo Tanik Graphic Novel

For Children and Their Families
Thu, May 23, 2019, 7:00 pm

Gianni Boy Vee and Bobby Castle, Highland Park residents and author/illustrators, and will return to read their latest Bo Tanik adventure. A book signing will follow the talk.

Library Closed

Closed
Sat, May 25, 2019

Library Closed

Closed
Sun, May 26, 2019

Library Closed

Memorial Day
Mon, May 27, 2019

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For 6-23 Months Olds
Wed, May 29, 2019, 10:30 am

Stories, rhymes and songs for children 6-23 months of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Wed, May 29, 2019, 3:45 pm

Creative drama, stories and art activities for children four and five years old. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, May 30, 2019, 6:00 pm

Read to Daisy, a therapy dog, who loves to listen to stories. This is for children who already are reading and need practice to become more confident readers. Each child who registers will read to Daisy for 10-15 minutes each Thursday for the duration of the program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up now as space is limited. We will meet in the quiet study room.

green star for adult eventAn Evening of the American Song Book

Singer Carole Erikson and Pianist Bob McHugh
Thu, May 30, 2019, 7:00 pm

If you love to listen to Gershwin, Cole Porter and other American classics, this is the program for you! For the last decae Carole Erikson has been entertaining people with the wonderful songs from the American Songbook. She performs with Pianist Bob McHugh who has been a musician for several decades and taught in Roseland Middle School for many years. He is an accomplished jazz pianist and a accompanist. Bob also plays in big bands, clubs and restaurants and teaches privately.

June 2019 Events

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Tue, June 4, 2019, 10:30 am

Story time and craft for children two and three years old. Registration is required.

red star for teens eventJust Dance

ALL NEW 2019 Just Dance
Tue, June 4, 2019, 3:00 pm

Learn dance moves and try out the ALL NEW 2019 version of Just Dance on the Xbox Kinect!

Library Board Meeting

Public Forum on P is for Palestine program
Wed, June 5, 2019, 7:30 pm

location will be announced when we have secured a venue to accommodate the expected turnout

green star for adult eventWriters’ Circle

Writing Workshop
Thu, June 6, 2019, 6:30 pm

June is the official start of summer and time for adventure. At this month’s session of Writers’ Circle, create your alter ego. Who do you really want to be? Who is lurking inside of you? Unleash them tonight, on paper!

red star for teens eventAfter School Games

Teen Afternoon
Tue, June 11, 2019, 3:00 pm

Hang out with your friends and play some games. We’ll provide the snacks!

green star for adult eventThe Life and Writing of James Baldwin

Public Scholars Project
Thu, June 13, 2019, 7:00 pm

The influence of writer and social critic James Baldwin reached far and wide. In this unique exploration of Baldwin’s groundbreaking literary and social justice work, actor/comic Grant Cooper and scholar Dr. Lindsey Swindall engage participants in an interactive dialogue that unravels the truths of racism in this country and examines other themes in Baldwin’s writings. Mr. Cooper’s dramatic interpretations of Baldwin’s writing are complemented by historical context from Dr. Swindall, leading to thought provoking questions that spark audience participation.
Grant Cooper has been performing at comedy clubs in and around New York City for over twenty years. As an actor, he is an alumnus of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, has acted in national television commercials, and started a repertory theater for original works by African American playwrights in the 1990s.
Dr. Swindall completed her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has taught at numerous colleges across the country. Her books include: The Politics of Paul Robeson’s Othello, a biography of Robeson, Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art, and a book on early civil rights activism, The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World: Southern Civil Rights and Anticolonialism, 1937-1955. She has also co-edited the book American Appetites: A Documentary Reader and published the article “Looking Through Prism Optics: Toward an Understanding of Michelle Obama’s Food Reform.” You can follow her blog on contemporary issues here: https://lindseyrswindall.wordpress.com/
This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.

red star for teens eventEscape the Room

Evening Session
Mon, June 17, 2019, 7:00 pm

Solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand and escape the room! Space is very limited. Registration is required.

red star for teens eventOut of This World

Summer Kickoff Teen Party
Tue, June 18, 2019, 3:00 pm

Join us for space themed snacks, games, and activities after school

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Thu, June 20, 2019, 1:00 pm

When the appearance of a Light Fury dragon coincides with the darkest threat they have faced, Hiccup and Toothless must journey to a hidden world and discover their destinies. One hour, 44 minutes.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, June 24, 2019, 7:30 pm

green star for adult eventThe Beatles: The Beginnings

Music and Presentation
Thu, June 27, 2019, 7:00 pm

Who was your favorite Beatle? Was it John, Paul, George, or Ringo? John Paul Groom grew up in Liverpool and went to the same high school as Paul McCartney and George Harrison. He went to the same Sunday school as John Lennon and belonged to the same youth club where Lennon met McCartney. His 90 minute program includes song clips from the Quarrymen, which evolved in to the Beatles and lots of information on their early careers and family backgrounds.

purple star for childrens eventFirst Mime on the Moon

Summer Reading Club Sign Up
Fri, June 28, 2019, 1:30 pm

Robert Rivest, professional mime will entertain and amaze children and adults alike for our reading club kickoff. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Sponsored by Friends of the Library

July 2019 Events

red star for teens eventFive Feet Apart (PG-13)

Teen Film Night
Mon, July 1, 2019, 6:15 pm

Five Feet Apart (based on a popular YA novel) is about a pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis who meet in a hospital and fall in love, although their disease means they must avoid close physical contact.

red star for teens eventGlow in the Dark DIY Window Clings

Teen Craft
Tue, July 2, 2019, 3:00 pm

Design and make your own stellar window clings!

summer book read

red star for teens eventTeen Summer Reading Meetup

Teen Evening
Mon, July 8, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join us to talk about what you’ve been reading this summer and participate in other fun activities such as games and crafts! Refreshments will be served.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Tue, July 9, 2019, 10:30 am

Stories, songs and crafts for children two and three years old accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Registration is required.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventLego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, July 9, 2019, 3:30 pm

Emmet, Lucy & Batman are back in an epic adventure as they face a huge threat from outer space that will test their courage, creativity and may reveal how special they really are.

green star for adult eventCakemaker (Not Rated)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, July 9, 2019, 6:30 pm

Thomas, a young German baker, and Oren, an Israeli married man, are having a secret affair. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers regarding his death. Armed with a new identity, Thomas infiltrates the life of Oren’s newly widowed wife, Anat; and what started as a lie threatens to become something much more powerful.

red star for teens eventSun Art and Sidewalk Chalk

Mon, July 15, 2019, 6:00 pm

Make beautiful solar prints and chalk art at this all ages outdoor event! We will be meeting on the library’s back lawn. (Rain date July 22nd)

green star for adult eventBooks and Brews

Delicious Reads: Books About Food
Mon, July 15, 2019, 7:00 pm

Highland Park Library’s Genre Book Club is here again! Read any book about food and join us for a lively discussion. Stumped on what to read? See a Librarian for a list of suggested titles. Questions ask Sherry at sjohnson@hpplnj.org or call the reference desk at 732-572-2750.

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

For two and three year old children
Tue, July 16, 2019, 10:30 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children 2-3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

red star for teens eventDIY Nebular Jar

Tue, July 16, 2019, 3:00 pm

Learn how to make a beautiful nebula (space cloud) in a jar.

green star for adult eventCapernaum (R)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, July 16, 2019, 6:30 pm

After fleeing his negligent and abusive parents, a hardened, streetwise twelve-year-old boy sues them to protest the life they’ve given him. Two hours, 3 minutes.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventVerily Madly Thine-Live Theater Performance

Scenes from Shakespeare
Wed, July 17, 2019, 2:00 pm

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is presenting live theatre for both children and adults. The Shrewd Mechanicals, a five actor ensemble is preforming, Verily Madly Thine, scenes from Shakespeare’s romances with a sprinkling of music. The 60 minute production brings to life the joy, wit, poetry and music of the world’s greatest playwright.

purple star for childrens eventPearl Observatory

Recommended for ages Five and Up
Thu, July 18, 2019, 6:30 pm

Experience the night sky in an inflatable planetarium. Space is limited to 30 children. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Twos and Three Year Olds
Tue, July 23, 2019, 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 eventpurple star for childrens eventThe Kid Who Would Be King (PG)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, July 23, 2019, 3:30 pm

Alex believes he is just another nobody until he stumbles upon Excalibur, the mythical sword in the stone. He unites the wizard Merlin, his enemies, and his friends to take on Morgana, the enchantress. One hour, 42 minutes.

green star for adult eventShoplifters (R)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, July 23, 2019, 6:30 pm

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft, and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence. Two hours.

purple star for childrens eventEyes of the Wild and Their Amazing Animals

Meet Rescued Animals
Wed, July 24, 2019, 1:30 pm

Join Eyes of The Wild and their amazing rescued animals for a discussion about a future that can and should include the beautiful creatures and habitats we share this world with. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

summer book read

red star for teens eventTeen Summer Reading Meet Up

Teen Evening
Mon, July 29, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join us to talk about what you’ve been reading this summer and participate in other fun activities such as games and crafts! Refreshments will be served.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For two and three year olds
Tue, July 30, 2019, 10:30 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children 2-3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

red star for teens eventLight Painting

Teen Craft
Tue, July 30, 2019, 3:00 pm

Learn the photographic technique of shining light at the camera to “draw” while taking a long exposure photograph to create one of a kind photos!

green star for adult eventThings To Come (PG-13)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, July 30, 2019, 6:30 pm

Nathalie is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family. But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie’s life start to crumble. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to rediscover herself. One hour, 42 minutes.

August 2019 Events

purple star for childrens eventOut of the World Dance Party

For Ages Five and Up
Thu, August 1, 2019, 6:30 pm

Come and dance with us at the library. Tova Halpern from Fresh Theatre Arts will lead grade school children and their families in an out of this world dance party. For ages 5 and up. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

summer book read

red star for teens eventTeen Summer Reading Meet Up

Teen Evening
Mon, August 5, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join us to talk about what you’ve been reading this summer and participate in other fun activities such as games and crafts! Refreshments will be served.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Storytime for two and three year olds.
Tue, August 6, 2019, 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 eventGalaxy Painting

Teen Craft
Tue, August 6, 2019, 3:00 pm

Use different alcohol ink techniques to create abstract galaxy art! All participants will go home with a unique and beautiful work of art.

green star for adult eventPhoenix (Not Rated)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, August 6, 2019, 6:30 pm

Set in a rubble-strewn Berlin in 1945, is like no other film about post-World War II Jewish identity. After surviving Auschwitz, a former cabaret performer, her face disfigured and reconstructed, returns to her war-ravaged hometown to seek out the gentile husband who may or may not have betrayed her to the Nazis. Without recognizing her, he enlists her to play his wife in a bizarre hall-of-shattered-mirrors story that’s as richly metaphorical as it is preposterously engrossing. One hour, 38 minutes.

summer book read

red star for teens eventTeen Summer Reading Meet Up

Mon, August 12, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join us to talk about what you’ve been reading this summer and participate in other fun activities such as games and crafts! Refreshments will be served.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Story time for two and three year olds
Tue, August 13, 2019, 10:30 am

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

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventDog’s Way Home (PG)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, August 13, 2019, 3:30 pm

Alex believes he is just another nobody until he stumbles upon Excalibur, the mythical sword in the stone. He unites the wizard Merlin, his enemies, and his friends to take on Morgana, the enchantress. One hour, 35 minutes.

green star for adult eventStan & Ollie (PG)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, August 13, 2019, 6:30 pm

One of the world’s great comedy teams set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shine through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan and Ollie can’t quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy’s past. One hour, 38 minutes.

purple star for childrens eventAliens Escape from the Earth

For Grade School Children
Thu, August 15, 2019, 6:30 pm

Listen to an action packed science and educational adventure involving the rescue of aliens that have fallen to earth. The Sciencetellers use science experiments for special effects. It’s totally out of this world. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

red star for teens eventGreen Screen Fun

Teen Afternoon Fun
Tue, August 27, 2019, 6:00 pm

Plan out, stage, and take interesting or wacky photos of you and your friends using the green screen! (Green screen is when you replace the real background of a video or photo with a digital background.)

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventSummer Community Blood Drive

In the Meeting Room
Thu, August 29, 2019, 12:00 pm

New Jersey Blood Services is conducting a life saving blood drive at the library from 12 PM until 6 PM. 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 during the summer season when supplies are low. Blood is at critically low levels when people are on vacation. To register please call 800-933-2566. Walk-ins are also welcome!

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