Events

November 2018 Events

purple star for childrens eventGLOW at the Library

For Ages 3-5
Tue, November 13, 2018, 10:30 am

Students from Highland Park High School’s Glow program will lead children through a craft and movement activity. For ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

red star for teens eventJust Dance

Teen Afternoon
Tue, November 13, 2018, 3:00 pm

Keep your body moving with the Xbox Kinect!

green star for adult eventTruman (Rated PG-13)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, November 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

Ricardo Darin, Academy Award winning actor (The Secret in their Eyes), plays Julian, a man diagnosed with terminal cancer.When Julian receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomas, the two two, along with Truman, Julian’s beloved dog, share four surprising days while they finalize funeral arrangements, settle accounts, and most importantly, find a a home for Truman. Spanish. One hour, 48 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-23 Months of Age
Wed, November 14, 2018, 10:30 am

Rhymes, songs, and stories for our patrons 6-23 months of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Wed, November 14, 2018, 11:15 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children two and three years old. Registration is required.

lego pieces

purple star for childrens eventLego Challenge

After School Specials
Wed, November 14, 2018, 3:15 pm

Join your friends in a fun competition! Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For children 4-5 years old
Thu, November 15, 2018, 3:45 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventDaisy is Back

A Therapy Dog
Thu, November 15, 2018, 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 eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 years old
Fri, November 16, 2018, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is an eleventh grader who tied for the 3rd place in U1400 and was the 1st place winner in U1300 at the 2017 World Open (chess tournament). Please go to http://chessevents.com/2017/07/world-open-2017-standings-under-1400-section/ for the details of the standing in the 2017 World Open (chess tournament, where all sections consist of players of female and male in all ages. There is no age group at all. 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 eventMake a Candy Turkey

Teen Craft
Tue, November 20, 2018, 3:00 pm

Use candy, cookies, and other sweets to craft your own Thanksgiving turkey!

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Toddlers 6 through 24 Months Old
Wed, November 21, 2018, 10:30 am

Mother Goose come alive with rhymes, songs, musical instruments and stories for babies 6 – 24 Months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Wed, November 21, 2018, 11:15 am

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

Library Closed

Thanksgiving Day
Thu, November 22, 2018

Library Closed

Day After Thanksgiving
Fri, November 23, 2018

Library Board Meeting

Mon, November 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

red star for teens eventMinute to Win It- Autumn Edition

Teen Afternoon
Tue, November 27, 2018, 3:00 pm

Have fun competing in a series of one minute mini challenges using household items. Win prizes!

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

Memoir Writing Workshop
Tue, November 27, 2018, 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.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Toddlers 6 through 23 Months Old
Wed, November 28, 2018, 10:30 am

Mother Goose come alive with rhymes, songs, musical instruments and stories for babies 6 – 23 Months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Children 2-3 Years of Age
Wed, November 28, 2018, 11:15 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children two and three years old. Registration is required.

Book Break - boy reading book

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Ages 4-5 years
Thu, November 29, 2018, 3:45 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventDaisy is Back

A Therapy Dog
Thu, November 29, 2018, 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 eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 years old
Fri, November 30, 2018, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is an eleventh grader who tied for the 3rd place in U1400 and was the 1st place winner in U1300 at the 2017 World Open (chess tournament). Please go to http://chessevents.com/2017/07/world-open-2017-standings-under-1400-section/ for the details of the standing in the 2017 World Open (chess tournament, where all sections consist of players of female and male in all ages. There is no age group at all. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School. For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

December 2018 Events

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Students in Grades 1 through 5
Mon, December 3, 2018, 3:30 pm

Jessica Wu (Level 3 Dan) and Isaac Wu(Level 3 Dan), are Highland Park High School students and excellent Go players. They are sharing their skills at the library. Go is a popular East Asian strategy board game consisting of capturing soldiers, occupying territories, and battles of life and death! This introductory class will teach the basics of Go to students in grades one through five. The program will be from 3:30-4:30 PM.

green star for adult eventSmall Business Seminar

Instructors from Taxation University
Tue, December 4, 2018, 4:30 pm

Join instructors from Taxation University, the Training and Outreach Unit of the New Jersey Division of Taxation for a small business workshop. The following topics will be covered:
• Different business structures
• Registering a business in New Jersey
• Legal entity vs. individual structured business registration
• How to report your New Jersey business income
The seminar will be from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
To register call Sherry Johnson, Coordinator of Adult Services at 732-572-2750 or email her at sjohnson@hpplnj.org.

purple star for childrens eventMinute to Win it Games

After School Specials
Wed, December 5, 2018, 3:15 pm

Fast paced games will keep you on your toes. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, December 6, 2018, 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 eventAnd All Is Always Now: A Romantic Time Travel Novel

Author Tisha Bender
Thu, December 6, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tisha Bender, who has been teaching in the Rutgers Writing Program since 2004, published her first novel P.U.N.C.H. in 2015. P.U.N.C.H. explores every humorous facet of online university teaching. Tisha will talk about how she got the idea for her novel, how she went about writing it, and the steps she took to get her work published. If you have always wanted to write and publish a novel, Professor Bender will answer your questions. Born and raised in London, she attended the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics. Since coming to America she has taught in a number of universities including Cornell Off Campus College and the New School before teaching at the Rutgers Writing Program.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club For Children

Fri, December 7, 2018, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is an eleventh grader who tied for the 3rd place in U1400 and was the 1st place winner in U1300 at the 2017 World Open (chess tournament). Please go to http://chessevents.com/2017/07/world-open-2017-standings-under-1400-section/ for the details of the standing in the 2017 World Open (chess tournament, where all sections consist of players of female and male in all ages. There is no age group at all. 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 eventGo Game

For Students in Grades One through Five
Mon, December 10, 2018, 3:30 pm

Jessica Wu (Level 3 Dan) and Isaac Wu(Level 3 Dan), are Highland Park High School students and excellent Go players. They are sharing their skills at the library. Go is a popular East Asian strategy board game consisting of capturing soldiers, occupying territories, and battles of life and death! This introductory class will teach the basics of Go to students in grades one through five. The program will be from 3:30-4:30 PM.

mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventTwilight Tales

For Children Three to Five Years Old
Mon, December 10, 2018, 6:30 pm

Enjoy stories before bed time with Miss Karen! Children can come in pajamas. For families with children three to five years old. Pajamas are optional.

purple star for childrens eventGLOW at the Library

For Ages 3-5
Tue, December 11, 2018, 10:30 am

Students from Highland Park High School’s GlOW program will lead children through a craft and movement activity. For ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventDaisy is Back

A Therapy Dog
Thu, December 13, 2018, 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 thequiet study room.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

Fri, December 14, 2018, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is an eleventh grader who tied for the 3rd place in U1400 and was the 1st place winner in U1300 at the 2017 World Open (chess tournament). Please go to http://chessevents.com/2017/07/world-open-2017-standings-under-1400-section/ for the details of the standing in the 2017 World Open (chess tournament, where all sections consist of players of female and male in all ages. There is no age group at all. 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 eventGo Game

For Students in Grades 1-5
Mon, December 17, 2018, 3:30 pm

Jessica Wu (Level 3 Dan) and Isaac Wu(Level 3 Dan), are Highland Park High School students and excellent Go players. They are sharing their skills at the library. Go is a popular East Asian strategy board game consisting of capturing soldiers, occupying territories, and battles of life and death! This introductory class will teach the basics of Go to children and teens. The program will be from 3:30-4:30 PM.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, December 17, 2018, 7:30 pm

green star for adult eventOther Side of Hope (Not Rated)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, December 18, 2018, 6:30 pm

Khaled, a Syrian refugee stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikstrom, a traveling salesman, wins big at a poker table, and buys himself a restaurant. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground and Wikstrom finds him sleeping in the yard behind his restaurant. He offers him a job and a roof over his head. The two unlikely strangers form a Utopian union with the restaurant’s waitress, the chef and his dog. Finnish. One hour, 47 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

purple star for childrens eventDaisy is Back

A Therapy Dog
Thu, December 20, 2018, 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.

poetry pen

green star for adult eventWriters’ Circle

A Monthly Gathering to Write Poetry and Prose
Thu, December 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a group that will meet monthly to write poems and prose. Participants will read and talk about poems and then write a first draft. December’s theme will be “Fire”. Think about a significant fire in your life that had an impact on your life. To register for the workshop that runs from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM call the library at 732-572-2750 or visit the front desk.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 years old
Fri, December 21, 2018, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is an eleventh grader who tied for the 3rd place in U1400 and was the 1st place winner in U1300 at the 2017 World Open (chess tournament). Please go to http://chessevents.com/2017/07/world-open-2017-standings-under-1400-section/ for the details of the standing in the 2017 World Open (chess tournament, where all sections consist of players of female and male in all ages. There is no age group at all. 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 22, 2018, 2:00 pm

Enjoy holiday selections featuring The Clarinet Family, presented by Rouge et Noir.

Library Closed

Christmas Day
Tue, December 25, 2018

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventSpook Handy’s 10th Annual Winter Holiday Concert

Tales From the Road Concert
Thu, December 27, 2018, 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.

January 2019 Events

green star for adult eventA History of the 50s & 60s Through the Lens of Popular Song

Live Performance and Presentation
Thu, January 10, 2019, 7:00 pm

Relive the colorful music history of the 50s and 60s with Marc Black, recent inductee into the NY Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame, your tour guide and entertainer. In the presentation, Marc uses a wide range of popular songs including surprising favorites like Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, great rock tunes like Blue Suede Shoes and moving folk songs like Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind. The show also features a performance of his own group’s hit from 1967, Happy, by the Blades of Grass.

purple star for childrens eventGLOW at the Library

For Ages 3-5
Tue, January 15, 2019, 10:30 am

Students from Highland Park High School’s GLOW program will lead children through a craft and movement activity. For ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

green star for adult eventWriters’ Circle

Write a Poem or Short Prose Piece
Thu, January 17, 2019, 6:30 pm

Block out a time for writing each month. January’s theme is fog. Has there been a fog or a time of great confusion in your life or the the life of your family? Here’s your chance to write about it. Join our Writings’ Circle. Register at the front desk or call the library at 732-572-2750.

February 2019 Events

purple star for childrens eventGLOW at the Library

For Children 3 to 5 years old
Tue, February 19, 2019, 10:30 am

Students from Highland Park High School’s GLOW program will lead children through a craft and movement activity. For ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

March 2019 Events

green star for adult eventMaria Mazziotti Gillan Poetry Reading and Art Reception

Poetry Night Series
Thu, March 7, 2019, 7:00 pm

Celebrate Women’s Month and the First Full Day of Spring and the opening of The Friends of the Library Poetry night Series with New Jersey’s beloved Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan. Also enjoy an Art Reception of her New Paintings that will be up through March. She is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs), the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). She is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. Maria has published 22 books of and about poetry, and 4 anthologies. Her most recent books are the poetry and photography collaboration with Mark Hillringhouse, Paterson Light and Shadow (Serving House Books, 2017) and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter (NYQ, 2016). Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets (Redux Consortium).

purple star for childrens eventGLOW at the Library

For Children 3 to 5 years old
Tue, March 19, 2019, 10:30 am

Students from Highland Park High School’s GLOW program will lead children through a craft and movement activity. For ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

April 2019 Events

green star for adult eventLois Marie Harrod

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Thu, April 11, 2019, 7:00 pm

Join us for a National Poetry Month reading with Lois Marie Harrod. Her 16th and most recent collection Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June 2016 from Five Oaks. And She Took the Heart (Casa de Cinco Hermanas) appeared in January 2016, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. 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). Dodge poet, 3-time recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts fellowship and lifetime teacher (high school and college), she is widely published in literary journals and online eZines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3.

purple star for childrens eventGLOW at the Library

For Children 3 to 5 years old
Tue, April 16, 2019, 10:30 am

Students from Highland Park High School’s GLOW program will lead children through a craft and movement activity. For ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

May 2019 Events

purple star for childrens eventGLOW at the Library

For Children 3 to 5 years old
Tue, May 7, 2019, 10:30 am

Students from Highland Park High School’s GLOW program will lead children through a craft and movement activity. For ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

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