September 2019 Events
Sign up to take part in this lip sync showdown for a chance to win a prize! Performers will be judged on creativity, appearance (costume, props, stage presence)and actual lip sync ability. So pick your song, learn the words, and start practicing your routine! All performers must register in advance, but audience members may simply attend the day of the event.
Join a group that meets monthly to read, discuss, and write poems and prose. This month’s theme will be Gathering in the Harvest.
October 2019 Events
In this 2019 Disney film, a street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.
Join us as we watch White Crow which depicts the story of Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the west. Rated R, 2 hrs., 7 min. Russian language.
Make and take your own fall trail mix in a container you decorate.
Hang out with your friends after school. We will provide the games, snacks and music!
Elizabeth Pallitto and Enriqueta Carrington will be reading translations and original poetry on Fate and Courtly Love. Poems to be read include sonnets by 16th-century Italian poet Tullia d’Aragona and 17th-century Mexican poet Juana Inés de la Cruz. Pallitto and Carrington will also read their own original poems.
Pallitto’s poems have appeared in The North American Review, Hybrido: Arte y Cultura, Litspeak, Foolscap and elsewhere. Her translations — from the Italian and Turkish — are published in Philosophical Forum, Forum Italicum, Absinthe) and books: A New Map: The Poetry of Migrant Writers in Italy (NY: Legas, 2011); Aeolian Visions/Versions (W. Sussex: Milet, 2014). She has translated the poems in Sweet Fire: Tullia d’Aragona’s Poetry of Dialogue (NY: Braziller, 2007). Having taught at universities in New York and Istanbul, and now teaches at Olli_RU and runs local creative writing workshops.
Carrington’s poems in English and Spanish, as well as her poetry translations from the Spanish and Sicilian, have appeared in Rattapallax, Blue Unicorn, 14 by 14, The New Formalist, The Society of Classical Poets Journal, Descant (Canada), and in several other journals and anthologies. Her translation into Spanish of Charlotte Brontë’s last narrative fragments is about to appear. Her translation into English of the sonnets and autobiographical prose of Juana Inés de la Cruz has received the support of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been translator or co-translator of four novels, and a short story collection that have all been recently published. Enriqueta has also published several books of poetry in translation, including Treasury of Mexican Love Poems, Quotations & Proverbs (Treasury of Love series, Hippocrene Books, New York: 2003), Samandar Libro de Viajes/Book of Travels by Lourdes Vázquez (Editorial Tsé-Tsé, Buenos Aires, Argentina: 2007), Cibeles que sueña, a cartonera book by artist Yarisa Colón, She was so Naked, also by Lourdes Vázquez (Premonition Press: 2015), and One Farewell May Hide Another, by the Israeli poet Mois Benarroch (CreateSpace: 2017).
A zine (ZEEN; short for magazine or fanzine) is a self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Learn a little about the history of zines and create your own Zine as a way to express yourself.
Laura Boss, a national award-winning poet, is a first prize winner in Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Poetry Contest and, in 1998, was one of ten finalists in the country in PSA’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola contest for a manuscript. She is also the founder and editor of Lips poetry magazine. Her most recent books include Arms: New and Selected Poems, Flashlight (both Guernica Editions) and THE BEST LOVER (NYQ Books, 2017). A Dodge Poet, her poems have appeared in The Poets of New Jersey from Colonial to Contemporary and The New York Times.
Decorate your own mini pumpkin at this fun after-school craft program! Please register to ensure you receive a pumpkin!
Join a group dedicated to carving out a time for writing together. Write the first draft of a poem or prose piece after receiving prompts and sample poems. This month’s theme is Shadow and Ghosts.
November 2019 Events
Join us for Woman at War an Icelandic film about a determined environmental activist and the conflicts that poses to her long-held hope. Rated R, 1 hr., 41 min.
Tova Halpern, founder and artistic director of Fresh Theater Arts, is offering a class for the youngest children a playful introduction to performing. Students will be given the opportunity to express themselves, build confidence and explore their imagination through playing games and dancing. For infant and children up to five years of age. The Caregiver and Me Movement program is being given in partnership with the Highland park Public Library.
Nikki Stiller is author of five books of poetry: Notes of a Jewish Nun, On Both Frontiers, Burial Ship, My Own Afghanistan, and My Mother Did Not Like to Hug-New and Selected Poems.Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Home Planet News, Primavera, Response, Mainstream, Lilith, and Poetry New York. She has taught at Hunter College, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Baruch College and for many years at the New Jersey Institute of New Jersey where she won two teaching awards. Each participant will leave with the first draft of a poem.
Keep your body moving and dance to all your favorite hit songs with the ALL NEW 2020 version of Just Dance!
Enjoy an afternoon program that incorporates writing and art to make your own Gratitude Board during the month of Thanksgiving! The workshop is for adults. Participants will create a visual representation of the things they are grateful for and learn the benefits of practicing gratitude at a workshop facilitated by NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Network’s Program Coordinator Jacquese Armstrong. Materials will be provided!
Known for their themed, improv-style poetry readings, Cool Women riff on each other’s poems like jazz musicians, providing an unpredictable and compelling performance. All nine members—Eloise Bruce, Juditha Dowd, Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Lies, Judy Michaels, Sharon Olson, Penelope Schott,
Maxine Susman, and Gretna Wilkinson—have deep New Jersey roots. An open reading follows the featured poets.
Use strips of paper and glue to create your own silhouette artwork.
Celebrate Harry Potter with Raconteur Radio’s uniquely immersive, parody interpretation of The Goblet of Fire. All ages are welcome to come in costume and experience the story in a whole new way. The Boy Who Lived LIVE! STARRING: Jason Jackson, Shawna Lagan, Jeff Maschi, and Michael Jarmus. With Alex Dawson. The production includes theatrical lighting, costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, fog, audience participation and hundreds of sound effects. For more information about the radio play call the library at 732-572-2750.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends at the library’s first ever Friendsgiving party! We will be munching on snacks and playing Thanksgiving themed games!
December 2019 Events
In the Aisles quietly celebrates the beauty in the day-to-day and the collective pride we take in our jobs with dark humor and nuance. Not Rated, German, 2 hrs. 4 min.
Lois Marie Harrod teaches creative writing at the College of New Jersey. Her most recent publications are And She Took the Heart, a chapbook published by Casa de Cinco Hermanas (2016) and Nightmares of a Minor Poet (2016). Her 13th and 14th poetry collections appeared in 2013: Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Word Tech: Cherry Grove) and How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press). The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State).
Tova Halpern, founder and artistic director of Fresh Theater Arts, is offering a class for the youngest children a playful introduction to performing. Students will be given the opportunity to express themselves, build
confidence and explore their imagination through playing games and dancing. For infants and children up to five years of age. The Caregiver and Me Movement program is being given in partnership with the Highland Park Public Library.
The whole family is invited to a Spook Handy Folk Concert that is being held during the winter holiday break. Spook Handy’s Tales From The Road lifts your spirits with sing a longs that every family member can enjoy. His travels through the byways of America fuel his music.Spook can be heard in venues of almost all stripes, from festivals and arts centers to senior centers and churches – from TV and radio to libraries and schools. With a simple Martin D-35 guitar, harmonica, his own voice and the voices of the audience, Spook presents concerts of good honest acoustic songs that are true to the spirit, passion of purpose of American folk music. He sings about the local Mom and Pop’s store, the widow of a soldier, the landscape of Montana, economic hardship, dogs with fleas, and so many other experiences that everybody can relate to in one way or another.
January 2020 Events
Tova Halpern, founder and artistic director of Fresh Theater Arts, is offering a class for the youngest children a playful introduction to performing. Students will be given the opportunity to express themselves, build confidence and explore their imagination through playing games and dancing. For infants and children up to five years of age. The Caregiver and Me Movement program is being given in partnership with the Highland Park Public Library.