Events

September 2017 Events

Voter Registration Drive

Register to Vote
Tue, September 26, 2017, 10:00 am

A Voter Registration Table will be set up from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM in the library. If you are not registered to vote, please bring in either a valid driver’s license, or a non-driver’s license identification card issued by Motor Vehicle, or a social security card. You then will be given the necessary forms to fill out to be registered.

red star for teens eventDecorate the Teen Room

Teen Craft
Tue, September 26, 2017, 3:00 pm

Help create decorations to keep the library’s teen room looking fresh.

green star for adult eventPoet John J. Trause

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, September 26, 2017, 7:00 pm

John J. Trause is author of Inside Out, Upside Down and Round and Round, (Nirala Publications, New Delhi, India, 2012). His Chap books include Eye Candy for Andy and Seriously Serial: Poems 2014. He is director of the Oradell Public Library and past director of the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library. An open reading will follow the main reader.

green star for adult eventMeditation Cirlcle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, September 28, 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 future Meditation Circles Thursdays, October 26,November 16, and December 14, all at 7:00 PM.

October 2017 Events

red star for teens eventYouTube Karaoke

Teen Afternoon
Tue, October 3, 2017, 3:00 pm

Takeover the mic and show off your talent (or lack of talent!) at this fun musical event.

green star for adult eventMemoir Writing Workshop-Outline Your Life Story

Memoir Writing Workshop
Thu, October 5, 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.

red star for teens eventPancake Art

Tenn Craft
Tue, October 10, 2017, 3:00 pm

Create works of art you can eat! Please register!!!

poetry writing group

green star for adult eventCreative Writing Workshop

Writer and Teacher Elizabeth Pallitto
Sat, October 14, 2017, 1:30 pm

This creative writing workshop is designed to help writers unblock and unearth the poetry and stories within by providing structure, positive feedback, and a supportive atmosphere. Instruction includes useful techniques for journal writing, editing, and submitting work for publication. Elizabeth Pallitto (MFA, PhD) has taught Creative Writing at Rutgers, Boston University, and Bosporus University in Istanbul. She also has published poetry in North American Review, Fox Chase, and other journals, and translations in anthologies. She is the editor of Leaves of Autumn, an anthology of writing by seniors. Her first book, Sweet Fire: Tullia d’Aragona’s Poetry of Dialogue, published in 2007, received major critical acclaim. Her book of poetry, Mythography, is forthcoming from Epos Press.

green star for adult eventBreast Cancer Awareness Talk

Breast Care Awareness Month
Thu, October 19, 2017, 7:00 pm

October is Breast Care Awareness Month. Join Jean Withers, RN, the Community Outreach Coordinator from JFK Medical Center, who will provide information to women and men on the importance of breast cancer screenings, healthy eating, and well being to prevent breast cancer. This talk is part of Highland Park Public Library’s Health and Wellness Series.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, October 23, 2017, 7:30 pm

red star for teens eventMini Pumpkin Decorating

Teen Craft
Tue, October 24, 2017, 3:00 pm

Decorate a mini pumpkin! Let your creativity be the boss–make it cute, scary, or abstract!

green star for adult eventPoet Tina Kelley

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, October 24, 2017, 7:00 pm

Tina Kelley is the author of the poetry collections Abloom and Awry (CavenKerry Press, 2017), Precise, and the Gospel of Galore, winner of a 2003 Washington State Book award. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, and reported for the New York Times for 10 years, sharing a staff Pulitzer for 9/11coverage. She won the Jacar Press Chapman Competition. An open reading will follow the featured reader.

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, October 26, 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 future Meditation Circles on Thursdays, October 26, November 16, and December 14, at 7:00 PM.

red star for teens eventAfter-School Games

Teen Afternoon
Tue, October 31, 2017, 3:00 pm

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

November 2017 Events

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventKeepsake Art Book Workshop with Amee Pollack

Adults and Children 8 and up
Thu, November 2, 2017, 6:30 pm

Learn the basics of bookmaking by creating one structure called a “Keepsake Book” from start to finish in a two hour workshop with artist, Amee J. Pollack. Learn how to bind a book cover, and think about how image, text, structure work together to convey meaning and or tell a story. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. The workshop is for adults and for children 8 years and up. Materials will be provided for one book per participant. Feel free to bring any rubber stamps or collage materials to populate your book. Sponsored by the Highland Park Arts Commission and the Highland Park Public Library.
Amee J. Pollack is a book artist and collagist who earned her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1994 and a fellowship from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her artists’ books and prints, published under “Spitz and Pollack”, are in over 50 permanent special collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (Smithsonian), New York Public Library Print Collection, The Getty, and Yale University. Currently she advises Visual Arts students at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 Years
Fri, November 3, 2017, 4:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School tenth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

green star for adult eventMacArthur’s Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II

Author Peter Eisner
Thu, November 9, 2017, 7:00 pm

Longtime journalist Peter Eisner’s MACARTHUR’S SPIES: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II (Viking) tells the incredible true story of the American civilians and soldiers who risked their lives to defy the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during the war. Tonight he will talk about this true story and how he discovered a long buried cache of documents at the National Archives, including Claire Phillips’s handwritten diary. Eisner tells the true story of three Americans who risked their lives to defy the Japanese occupation. The three, who might remind you of the fictional triangle from Casablanca are the real Claire Phillips, an American torch singer, Colonel John Boone, an enlisted American soldier who led a crafty insurgent force, and Chick” Parsons, an accomplished American polo player, expatriate in Manila, and Naval intelligence officer who coordinated guerilla efforts with the planned Allied invasion. Peter Eisner, a veteran foreign correspondent and political editor, has worked at the Washington Post, Newsday, and the Associated Press. Eisner is the former managing director of the Center for Public Integrity. He is the author or coauthor of five previous books, including The Pope’s Last Crusade, The Italian Letter, and The Freedom Line, winner of the Christopher Award. He will also answer questions and sign books that will be on hand to purchase.

red star for teens eventEarbud Holder Craft

Tue, November 14, 2017, 3:00 pm

Craft a no-sew earbud holder out of felt! Please register!!!

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, November 16, 2017, 7:00 pm

Do you want to have a better relationship with yourself? 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 Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 PM.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 Years
Fri, November 17, 2017, 4:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School tenth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, November 27, 2017, 7:30 pm
card making

red star for teens eventPaint Chip Cityscapes

Teen Art Afternoon
Tue, November 28, 2017, 3:00 pm

Create beautiful works of art with simple everyday supplies!

green star for adult eventCool Women Poets

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

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.

chocolate

green star for adult eventFood for Thought-A Poetry Writing Workshop

Poet and Teacher Vanessa Young
Thu, November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

Food has inspired writers throughout history. Join us as we explore the connection between food and poetry. We will delve into works that explore life, longing, and nature through the food experience. Prompts, tastings, and discussions will help you to create your own original work. No poetry writing experience is necessary. Vanessa Young is a poet, former nonprofit arts director, writer, and educator whose works have been featured in publications in the U.S. and U.K. She is the founder of Thirsty Radish (www.thirstyradish.com).

December 2017 Events

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

Children 7-11 Years Old
Fri, December 1, 2017, 4:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School tenth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

green star for adult eventClarinet Holiday Concert

Sat, December 2, 2017, 3:00 pm

Enjoy holiday selections played by clarinetists.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

Children 7-11 Years Old
Fri, December 8, 2017, 4:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School tenth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, December 14, 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.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 Years
Fri, December 15, 2017, 4:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School tenth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, December 18, 2017, 7:30 pm

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 Years
Fri, December 22, 2017, 4:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School tenth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventSpook Handy’s 9th Annual Winter Holiday Concert

Tales From the Road Concert
Thu, December 28, 2017, 2:00 pm

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.

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