Events

July 2018 Events

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Open 10 to 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, July 21, 2018

Library Board Meeting

Mon, July 23, 2018, 7:30 pm

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Tue, July 24, 2018, 10:30 am

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

Book Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Tue, July 24, 2018, 11:30 am

Munch lunch while you listen to stories on the library’s back lawn. For children ages four to five years.

purple star for childrens eventPaddington 2 (PG)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, July 24, 2018, 3:00 pm

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. One hour, 42 minutes.

green star for adult eventWomen’s Balcony (Rated R)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tue, July 24, 2018, 6:30 pm

In this rousing, good-hearted tale, an accident during a Bar Mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem. In this film from Israel, women stand up to patriarchal power. Hebrew. One hour, 36 minutes.

purple star for childrens eventTurtlesinger Returns

Recommended Grade School Children
Wed, July 25, 2018, 1:30 pm

Karen Buckley, better known as the Turtlesinger, and the Turtletoter, her husband Charlie, are performing their musical turtle show, with live turtles!

green star for adult eventFinding Meaning with Astrology

Dr. Sesh Venugopal
Thu, July 26, 2018, 7:00 pm

The meaning of life is what YOU make of it. But how do you make sense of your exciting/dull, happy/sad, predictable/random existence? What if the key is to bring some astrology into it, and tap into its vast richness of pragmatic and spiritual insights to connect the dots? In doing so, you will gain the awareness to live a fuller life, according to Dr. Seshadri Venugopal (Dr. Sesh), Director of Undergraduate Introductory Instruction in the Computer Science Department at Rutgers University. He will get you started with an eye opening talk into the essence of astrology. During a period of great uncertainty and helplessness in graduate school, Dr. Sesh dove into astrology to get his life back on track. “Ever since, it has been a trusted friend and confidant, and has never left my side,” Dr. Sesh said. “I have studied and practiced the Western and Indian systems of astrology for over 25 years, and have built a horoscope interpretation program for my consulting practice and personal use.”

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Open 10 to 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, July 28, 2018

purple star for childrens eventLibrary Skill Toys

For Children in Grades 3-5
Mon, July 30, 2018, 6:30 pm

Practice your dexterity with the library’s skill toys. Participants will also make one to take home. Registration is required. For Children in grades 3-5.

TNT (Twos and Threes)

Tue, July 31, 2018, 10:30 am

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

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Tue, July 31, 2018, 11:30 am

Munch lunch while you listen to stories on the library’s back lawn. For children ages four to five years.

red star for teens eventDropmix Game

Teen Afternoon
Tue, July 31, 2018, 3:00 pm

— This fast-paced music mixing game gives you a new way to discover and combine favorite tracks. Compete with your friends and create unexpected song mixes! Artists include Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Sam Hunt, Sia, The Weeknd, and more. Other music themed games will also be available for play such as Spontuneous.

green star for adult eventLoving Vincent (PG-13)

Friends of the Library Internation Film Festival
Tue, July 31, 2018, 6:30 pm

This first fully painted animated film is the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. Th intrigue unfolds through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death. More than one hundred artists added their talents to the United Kingdom film. One hour, 35 minutes.

August 2018 Events

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Open 10 to 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, August 4, 2018
mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventTwilight Tales

For Families with children 3-5 years of age
Mon, August 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

Enjoy stories before bedtime! Recommended for families with children ages 3-5 years.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Tue, August 7, 2018, 10:30 am

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

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Tue, August 7, 2018, 11:30 am

Munch lunch while you listen to stories on the library’s back lawn. For children ages four to five years.

red star for teens eventRockin’ Faux Enamel Pins

Teen Craft Afternoon
Tue, August 7, 2018, 3:00 pm

Enamel pins are all the rage now! Learn how to create one out of Shrinky Dink plastic and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.

green star for adult eventThe Midwife (Not Rated)

Friends of the Library Internation Film Festival
Tue, August 7, 2018, 6:30 pm

Two of French cinema’s biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire, a talented but high strung midwife, and Beatrice, the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstances that brought them together. French. One hour, 47 minutes.

purple star for childrens eventOrigami Workshop

For Children in Grades 2-5
Wed, August 8, 2018, 3:15 pm

Fold paper animals and objects with Thomas Yan our origami teacher. Registration required. For children in grades 2-5.

purple star for childrens eventGrace the Pirate

For Grade School Children
Thu, August 9, 2018, 6:30 pm

Sail the seas with Kitty Jones aka Grace the Pirate, who must find Blackbeard’s treasure. As a member of the crew, be ready to dance, use your wits and join in some friendly competitions to find the treasure. Kitty is a professional actress who has performed in films, plays and on television. Join us for this interact theater experience. For children in grade school.

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Open 10 to 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, August 11, 2018

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Tue, August 14, 2018, 10:30 am

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

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Tue, August 14, 2018, 11:30 am

Munch lunch while you listen to stories on the library’s back lawn. For children ages four to five years.

purple star for childrens eventFerdinand (PG)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, August 14, 2018, 3:00 pm

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. The story, written by Ron Burch, David Kidd and Don Rhymer, follows a gentle pacifist bull named Ferdinand who refuses to participate in bullfighting but is forced back into the arena where his beliefs are challenged by being faced off against the world’s greatest bullfighter.One hour, 48 minutes.

green star for adult eventLoveless (NR)

Friends of the Library Internation Film Festival
Tue, August 14, 2018, 6:30 pm

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments. Russian. One hour, 54 minutes.

purple star for childrens eventDance Party by Fresh Theater Arts

For Children in Grade School
Thu, August 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

Dance your feet of at our grand finale of the summer. For children in grade school.

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Open 10 to 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, August 18, 2018

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventDermaScan Screening

Sun Damage Prevention Program
Wed, August 22, 2018, 2:00 pm

Community Health Services’ nurses from Saint Peter’s University Hospital will be doing DermaScan Screening and providing information about protecting yourself from sun damage. The program will be held from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the meeting room. DermaScan Screening is a test that uses a special light to show skin damage that is invisible to the naked eye. This damage is usually caused by excessive sun exposure. The machine is a little larger than a computer monitor. Participants will place their head under a black cloak on one side of the machine to look at their face in a mirror illuminated by light. A registered nurse will be looking on the other end of the machine to indicate the condition of the skin and where sun damage has occurred. Children can be screened too. The presentation educates on how to prevent sun damage which can lead to skin cancer and premature aging.

Sliding Glaciers–Live Stream Webcast Alert

Live From Switzerland
Thu, August 23, 2018, 11:00 am

Join Fellow Highland Park residents for an informative webcast live from the mountains of Switzerland to learn about Sliding Glaciers. Dr. Lauren Neitzke Adamo,director of the Rutgers Geology Museum has been stationed in Switzerland this summer and will report about what is happening to the Glaciers. It will be broadcasted from the library meeting room.

green star for adult eventYouTube Karaoke

For Adults
Thu, August 23, 2018, 7:00 pm

Take over the mic and show off your talent (or lack of talent!) at this fun musical event for adults.

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Open 10 to 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, August 25, 2018

Library Board Meeting

Mon, August 27, 2018, 7:30 pm

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

In the Meeting Room
Tue, August 28, 2018, 12:00 pm

New Jersey Blood Services is conducting a life saving blood drive at the library from 12 noon until 6:00 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. Patients in the hospital continue to need supplies. To register please call 732-572-2750.

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Bobbie Ellis, Soma Center
Thu, August 30, 2018, 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 future Meditation Circles on Thursdays, September 20, October 18, November 8, and December 13 at 7:00 PM.

September 2018 Events

Library Closed

Labor Day Weekend
Sat, September 1, 2018

Library Closed

Labor Day
Mon, September 3, 2018

Library Closed

Labor Day Weekend
Mon, September 3, 2018

Library Board Meeting

Mon, September 17, 2018, 7:30 pm

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Bobbie Ellis from the Soma Center
Thu, September 20, 2018, 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 future Meditation Circles on Thursdays, October 18, November 8, and December 13 at 7:00 PM.

green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Nikki Stiller

Write a Poem
Sat, September 22, 2018, 1:30 pm

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.

Rev Up Your Day with Plant Based Super Foods

Sue Rose, Vegetarian Lifestyle Coach
Mon, September 24, 2018, 7:00 pm

Sue Rose has been a vegetarian and meditating for over 40 years. A vegetarian diet that is high in plant-based whole foods has many health benefits including more energy and increased stamina. The talk will cover basic nutrition needs and how to add more nutrient dense foods to your daily menu. Handouts will include recipes. Sue has been cooking and studying nutrition with an emphasis on plant-based whole foods and recently completed a course in Plant Based Nutrition from E-Cornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She enjoys cooking for family and friends and creating recipes that are quick and easy to make. Since retiring from a senior executive position in Sales & Marketing from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, she has conducted numerous talks and workshops around the world on the vegetarian lifestyle and is co-editor of a cookbook called Veggies & You.

Wanda Praisner

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tue, September 25, 2018, 7:00 pm

Wanda S. Praisner, a poet in residence for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, has published five collections of poems, To Illuminate the Way (2018), 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.

October 2018 Events

green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Maxine Susman

Write Your First Draft
Thu, October 4, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tap your creative energy and see where it leads. We will begin by reading a published poem together, then use artifacts, wordplay, and brainstorming to spark ideas and imagination as a springboard for writing new poems. There will be a stretch of quiet writing time, followed by the opportunity to share your poem with the group. Open to all levels from experienced poets to those giving it a first try.
Maxine Susman writes about nature, art, history, and shifting states of body and mind. She has published six poetry collections, most recently Provincelands (2016), and her poems appear widely in New Jersey and national poetry journals. A former Professor of English at Caldwell University, she teaches poetry writing and short story classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Rutgers University, where she earned the Marlene Pomper Teaching Award. She gives readings with the Cool Women Poets.

green star for adult eventDecoding the Weather Machine

A NOVA Film About Climate Change
Tue, October 9, 2018, 6:30 pm

We have witnessed on the news the recent disastrous hurricanes, widespread droughts and wildfires making it hard not conclude that something is up with the weather. The vast majority of scientists agree that the pervasive heat and extreme rainfall is not a coincidence. Learn the science behind Climate Change during this two hour NOVA documentary that will cut through the confusion and define a way forward. Here are some of the questions that scientists from around the globe will answer: Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing and that human activity is the cause? How will climate change affect us through the weather we experience, and when? What will it take to bend the trajectory of planetary warming toward more benign outcomes?

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Bobbie Ellis, Soma Center
Thu, October 18, 2018, 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 future Meditation Circles on Thursdays, November 8, and December 13 at 7:00 PM.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, October 22, 2018, 7:30 pm
Highland Park Public Library

green star for adult eventLiving Our Later Years Well

Social Worker Tammy Russ Fishbane
Thu, October 25, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tammy Russ-Fishbane, LCSW, will talk about planning for aging. Some of the topics she will cover will include getting help at home, moving to a new home, driving, and safety concerns. For elder care givers, she will also cover what to do when families disagree, and how to maintain independence and safety simultaneously for aging parents. Bring your questions

November 2018 Events

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Bobbie Ellis from the Soma Center
Thu, November 8, 2018, 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 future Meditation Circles on Thursdays, November 8, and December 13 at 7:00 PM.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, November 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

December 2018 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, December 17, 2018, 7:30 pm
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