Events

May 2021 Events

green star for adult eventAdult Take & Make Craft pickup

craft
Mon, May 17, 2021, 10:30 am

Pick up your craft kit today starting at 10:30 (while supplies last) and then join us to craft it together on Wednesday, March 17 at 3pm on Zoom. Email Sherry at adultref@hpplnj.org for Zoom link & login information.

mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventPajama Storytime

Facebook Live Storytime
Mon, May 17, 2021, 7:00 pm

Miss Karen will read bed time stories on Facebook Live for young children and their families.

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Book Discussion
Tue, May 18, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Wed, May 19, 2021, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

green star for adult eventCrafternoons- Make & Take

Crafts for Adults
Wed, May 19, 2021, 3:00 pm

Pick up your craft kit starting Monday May 17 at 10:30am, while supplies last. Then join us on Zoom Wednesday at 3pm to create together! Hey Adults! Tired of sitting at home crafting by yourself? Join us for an hour of camaraderie and fun while you work on your own projects. Show, tell and idea-swapping […]

Children singing

purple star for childrens eventIN-PERSON Book Break

For Young Children and their Families
Thu, May 20, 2021, 2:00 pm

Enjoy an outd0or story time with Miss Karen, Youth Librarian. Masks are required, social distancing and weather permitting.

Blithe Spirit Virtual Play Reading

Virtual Play Reading
Thu, May 20, 2021, 6:30 pm

Blithe Spirit, first performed in London’s West End in 1941 is a comedy by Noel Coward. Even if you haven’t seen any of the films or television shows based on the play that is often revived for Broadway, you probably have enjoyed a plot based on the first wife, Elvira, come back to spook a husband who has remarried a proper wife. Elvira is everything but proper! This is the fifth play we will be reading together with Coordinator Steve Eisodorfer. You don’t have to have any theatrical experience to read with the group. Email raritanriver@yahoo.com for more information. The script and roles will be available soon.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventMagnolia Street String Band

Outdoor Mini Concert Series
Fri, May 21, 2021, 2:00 pm

Our popular Socially distanced Outdoor concerts are back! Masks are required and so is social distancing. Please remain 6 feet away from other people while you enjoy the concert. The Magnolia Street String Band is five-piece acoustic group from New Jersey playing traditional bluegrass with hints of country, folk, and old-time. Shila Shuka, Paul Prestopino, Bobby Baxmeyer and Matthew Backes are a popular local band and in 2019 released their first full length album, Wrong Side of the Rain. Join us for a foot stomping concert with old friends! The concert is weather permitting.

purple star for childrens eventKids’ Take and Make Craft

Make a Craft
Mon, May 24, 2021, 10:30 am

Children can enjoy a craft specifically for them! Pickup starts at 10:30am while supplies last.

mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventPajama Storytime

Mon, May 24, 2021, 7:00 pm

Miss Karen will read bed time stories on Facebook Live for young children and their families.

teens outside library

red star for teens eventOutdoor IN-PERSON Teen Tuesdays

For Sixth Graders and Up
Tue, May 25, 2021, 2:00 pm

Teens meet on the front lawn with Miss Karen for games, crafts and other fun activities. Please wear a mask and social distance. Weather permitting.

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Book Discussion
Tue, May 25, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Wed, May 26, 2021, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

green star for adult eventCrafternoons

Crafts for Adults
Wed, May 26, 2021, 3:00 pm

Hey Adults! Tired of sitting at home crafting by yourself? Join us for an hour of camaraderie and fun while you work on your own projects. Show, tell and idea-swapping encouraged! Wednesdays at 1pm on Zoom Email Sherry at adultref@hpplnj.org for Zoom link & login information.

Children singing

purple star for childrens eventIN-PERSON Book Break

For Young Children and their Families
Thu, May 27, 2021, 2:00 pm

Enjoy an outd0or story time with Miss Karen, Youth Librarian. Masks are required, social distancing and weather permitting.

green star for adult eventBooks & Brews

Book Discussion
Thu, May 27, 2021, 7:00 pm

This month we are talking about Thrillers!  Come armed with your favorite title or just a thirst for knowledge on new books! Join us virtually on the 4th Thursday at 7:00pm for a lively conversation about what books we’re reading, loving, or loathing! For more information please contact Sherry at adultref@hpplnj.org or feel free to […]

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventOutdoor Book Browsing

Book Browsing
Fri, May 28, 2021, 2:00 pm

Join us outside for book browsing from 2 – 4:30, weather permitting.

Library Closed

Memorial Day closure
Mon, May 31, 2021

June 2021 Events

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventRaritan Valley Trombone Quartet

HPPL Mini Concert Series
Thu, June 17, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Raritan Valley Trombone from the Celebration Sounds Music Studio will perform a concert to get us in the mood for July Fourth, only weeks away! As well as playing contemporary music such as Simon and Garfunkle, sounds from the Jazz era, and a tribute to composer John Williams (Star Wars), they will play stirring […]

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventJuneteenth-A Virtual Celebration with Poetry, Music and People

Zoom Program
Fri, June 18, 2021, 2:00 pm

Join us for a joyous celebration of Juneteenth, A Day of Freedom! Poets Gretna Wilkinson and Jacquese Armstrong will read poems and musicians will play drums and Jazz pieces. Email valeri84@hpplnj.or for Zoom link and also if you would like to perform or read poems. All ages are welcome. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 814 […]

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventTsu Fil Duvids Klezmer Concert

Outdoor Mini Concert Series
Thu, June 24, 2021, 7:00 pm

Tonight our mini outdoor concert series presents a popular borough Klezmer ensemble, Tsu Fil Duvids! Social distancing and masks are required at this concert.Tsu Fil Duvids (Yiddish for “Too Many Daves”) is a klezmer ensemble based in central NJ with nine participating musicians, including clarinet, trumpet, violin, trombone, multiple keyboards, bass and percussion. The ensemble rarely performs with all nine, but they plan on doing so today!
The musicians at this performance will be: Clarinet Dave Goldfarb, Bass Dave Schiff, Piano Dave Schlossberg, Asher (Dave) Siebert on trumpet, Bill (Dave) Selden on accordion, Richard (Dave) Buchbinder on melodica and keyboards, Rob (Dave) Lowe on fiddle, Mike (Dave) Santoro on trombone, and Beverly (Davida) Novick on drums.
The group’s repertoire includes traditional tunes from Eastern Europe, American klezmer and Yiddish melodies. In addition to playing at simchas (Jewish celebrations), Tsu Fil Duvids has performed concerts at synagogues, JCCs, and college campuses in the tri- state area and has been heard at Limmud Learningfests in NY & Philadelphia, the Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, the Marasco Center in Monroe, the Rejoice Festival of Jewish Music in South Brunswick and the JetLAG Festival in the Catskills. The concert is weather permitting.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventMagnolia Street String Band

Outdoor Mini Concerts Series
Fri, June 25, 2021, 2:00 pm

Our popular Socially distanced Outdoor concerts are back! Masks are required and so is social distancing. Please remain 6 feet away from other people while you enjoy the concert. The Magnolia Street String Band is five-piece acoustic group from New Jersey playing traditional bluegrass with hints of country, folk, and old-time. Shila Shuka, Paul Prestopino, Bobby Baxmeyer and Matthew Backes are a popular local band and in 2019 released their first full length album, Wrong Side of the Rain. Join us for a foot stomping concert with old friends! The concert is weather permitting.

July 2021 Events

Library Closed

July 4th weekend
Sat, July 3, 2021
Highland Park Public Library

Library Closed

July 4th weekend
Sun, July 4, 2021

Library Closed

July 4th weekend
Mon, July 5, 2021

green star for adult eventAmerican Songbook Tribute

Outdoor Mini-Series
Thu, July 8, 2021, 7:00 pm

Singer Ellen LaFurn and accompanist Bob McHugh will entertain you with the best melodies from the American Song Book under the stars at the entrance of the library for our Mini-Series. Ellen LaFurn started singing professionally at the age of 17 with a group called Chang Lee and the Zaniacs.At Kean University she was the featured vocalist with the Big Band Workshop and later was a vocalist with the Bob Ackerman Group. Weather permitting. Masks and social distancing is required.

green star for adult eventThe Discovery of a Masterpiece by Auguste Rodin in New Jersey

Local History Mystery Talk
Thu, July 15, 2021, 7:00 pm

Mallory Mortillaro serves as the Curator of Collections for the Hartley Dodge Foundation in Madison, NJ. While she was cataloging the artwork housed inside of the Hartley Dodge Memorial she uncovered a masterpiece that had been lost to the art world since the 1930’s.After a year of research the piece was authenticated as an official […]

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventMr. Ray Outdoor Concert

Summer Reading Club Concert
Fri, July 23, 2021, 2:00 pm

Mr. Ray (Ray Andersen) will play our favorite songs for children of all ages! His songs and exuberant performance will get you out of your seats singing and dancing! In the 80’s, Ray went onto a very important journey in life as a member of the notable Asbury Park NJ, Stone Pony house-band,”Cats On A Smooth Surface.” Bruce Springsteen played with Ray and the band so much, he often raved to the press that they were his favorite group of musicians to jam with when he was off tour.This experience led Ray to years of performing and touring with the likes of Meat Loaf, Bon Jovi, matchbox twenty and his own original band, Blue Van Gogh. All of these experiences led him to the musical galaxy of Mr. RAY. Masks and social distancing required at the outdoor concert and weather permitting.

August 2021 Events

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventBob Andrews Trio

Mini Concert Series
Fri, August 6, 2021, 2:00 pm

Bob Andrews, Dave Sherman and Peter Hagan will perform singer/song writer acoustic music outside the library entrance as part of our mini concert series. They have performed recently in Princeton, Island Heights and Ocean County. Please wear a mask and social distance. Weather permitting.

September 2021 Events

green star for adult eventVirtual Crime Fiction Author Panel

Mystery Lovers' Program
Thu, September 9, 2021, 7:00 pm

Mark Leichliter, James L’Etoile, DonnaRae Menard, and Marlie Wasserman showcase their passion for crime fiction in their summer 2021 novels from Level Best Books. These authors write mysteries, procedurals, thrillers, and historicals, all with crime at the center. They look forward to sharing their work and discussing how a story idea turns into a novel, via Zoom. Some of the specific area they will will share include: How have their backgrounds informed subject matter and themes? How do the ways they deal with mental illness inform their work? What is the role of research for both contemporary and historical novels? How do they decide on what point of view to use in their writing? How did they become writers?
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Meeting ID: 852 1581 5907
Passcode: 803518

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