Events

February 2018 Events

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-24 Months of Age
Wed, February 21, 2018, 10:15 am

Stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-24 months of age accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Twos and Three Year Olds
Wed, February 21, 2018, 11:00 am

Stories, crafts, and songs for children ages 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventSnowman

For Grades 1-5
Wed, February 21, 2018, 3:30 pm

Turn a shopping bag into a giant snowman. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Ages Four-Five years
Thu, February 22, 2018, 4:00 pm

Story time for children 4 and 5 years of age. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, February 22, 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.

green star for adult eventResume Writing Workshop

Career Education Specialist Daniel Shifrin
Thu, February 22, 2018, 7:00 pm

Daniel Shifrin, a Career Education Specialist, will conduct a workshop on how to create or update your resume.

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purple star for childrens eventBedtime Tales

Evening Family Story Time
Mon, February 26, 2018, 6:30 pm

Enjoy listening to new stories before bedtime. Recommended for families with children ages 3-5 years.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, February 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

Fluffy Slime

Teen Craft Afternoon
Tue, February 27, 2018, 3:00 pm

The library is joining in on the slime craze! Join us as we learn how to make fluffy slime.

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-23 Months of Age
Wed, February 28, 2018, 10:15 am

Stories, rhymes, and songs for children ages 6-23 months of age accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Storytime for two and three year olds.
Wed, February 28, 2018, 11:00 am

Stories, crafts, and songs for children ages 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

March 2018 Events

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, March 1, 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.

green star for adult eventFirst Thursday of the Month Meditation Circle

Bobbie Ellis, Soma Center
Thu, March 1, 2018, 7:00 pm

Start off the First Thursday of each month with expanding your horizons! 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 been teaching yoga, movement and embodied meditation for 31 years. Meditation can help you live a healthier, happier life. Meditation Circles will also be held on these first Thursdays of the month: April 5, and
May 17, all at 7:00 PM.

purple star for childrens eventGlow at the Library

For Ages 3-5
Tue, March 6, 2018, 10:10 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 eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, March 8, 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.

green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Maxine Susman

Write Your First Draft
Thu, March 8, 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 eventPoet Joel Allegretti

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, March 13, 2018, 7:00 pm

Joel Allegretti is the author of, most recently, Platypus (NYQ Books, 2017), a collection of poems, prose, and performance texts, and Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016), a novella. His second book of poems, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. Allegretti has published his poems in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, PANK, and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and India.After his reading there will be an open mic.

Read to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, March 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.

green star for adult eventOrigami for Adults

Adult Craft Night Series
Thu, March 15, 2018, 6:30 pm

The kids are doing it and having fun, now it’s time for you to have your turn! Artist and teacher Shelley Phillips will demonstrate how to create origami works of art for adults. To register call the library at 732-572-2750 or visit the front desk.

Friends of the Library Meeting

Help Plan the Book Sale
Mon, March 19, 2018, 7:00 pm

Join us for a meeting to plan the upcoming Spring book sale.

green star for adult eventA United Kingdom (PG-13)

International Film Festival
Tue, March 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

This is the true story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. One hour, 51 minutes.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

Thu, March 22, 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.

green star for adult eventNot Normal-A Progressive’s Diary of the Year After Trump’s Election

Author Stuart Shapiro
Thu, March 22, 2018, 7:00 pm

Stuart Shapiro will talk about his new book which presents Donald Trump’s first year of presidency as a diary style collection of headlines and events. Stuart Shapiro is a professor of public policy at Rutgers University and is a contributor to The Hill and Newark’s Star Ledger. The Highland Park resident has worked in the […]

Library Board Meeting

Mon, March 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

green star for adult eventDada, Fluxus & Avant Garde Art Movements in Highland Park, Rutgers, NYC & Europe

Art Panel
Thu, March 29, 2018, 6:30 pm

Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, founder of El Museo del Barrio in NYC, recipient of the UCLA Medal(2017) and internationally known performance/video artist, Dr. Raphael Montañez Ortiz, B.S., MFA, M.Ed, D.ED will present a multimedia lecture on his art work, Dada Performance events, publications and teaching concerns for 21st century artists.
Dr. Donna Gustafson,PhD., Curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs at the Zimmerli Art Museum, will talk about the history of the Fluxus Movement at Rutgers, ongoing influences on present day art theory and practice in music, dance, theater & site specific installations around the world. Dr. Gustafson will also screen a performance of the Zimmerli Flux Orchestra with Mason Gross students led by Larry Miller in 2012.

Other Highland Park/Middlesex County artists such as Roy Lichtenstein,
George Segal, Joan Snyder, Geoff Hendricks, Allan Kaprow. Mimi Smith,
George Brecht, Phil Orenstein, and Allison Knowles will also be highlighted. Questions and answers from the audience will be highly encouraged!

This is the beginning of a yearly series, sponsored by the Highland Park Art Commission, documenting and presenting the history and presence of famous Highland Park artists, scientists (Earle Dickson, J&J inventor of the band-aid), Macarthur scholars (Suzanne Lebsock) and writers (Junot Diaz,Amiri Baraka, Mark Doty, et al) who have made an impact on Rutgers, the NYC art scene and world history.

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Library Closed

Good Friday
Fri, March 30, 2018

April 2018 Events

Library Closed

Easter Sunday
Sun, April 1, 2018

green star for adult eventFirst Thursday of the Month Meditation Circle

Bobbie Ellis, Soma Center
Thu, April 5, 2018, 7:00 pm

Start off the First Thursday of each month with expanding your horizons! 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 been teaching yoga, movement and embodied meditation for 31 years. Meditation can help you live a healthier, happier life. A Meditation Circles will also be held on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 PM.

green star for adult eventIntroduction to the Sewing Machine

Craft Workshop for Adults
Sat, April 7, 2018, 1:30 pm

Stephanie McIntyre is bringing is bringing sewing machines in to the library to do an introductory workshop for beginners. Now is your chance to learn the skills with a draw sting bag project you can take home. Please register at the front desk.

green star for adult eventHistory and Clips from The Golden Age of Musicals

Musicals from The 1950s
Tue, April 10, 2018, 7:00 pm

The 1950’s were the best of times for the movie musical. We will explore the great original musicals (Singing in the Rain, Funny Face, and Seven Brothers to name a few) made during this time period. Sam Caponegro and Candy Capenegro have recently taught courses on The History of the Movie Musical and Deconstructing the Broadway Musical at Rutgers University Continuing Education Program.

green star for adult eventGerrymandering and How to Fix It

Fixing Bugs in Democracy Using Statistics, Science, and Law
Thu, April 12, 2018, 6:30 pm

The American Constitution was a pioneer in democracy. But the founders did not anticipate gerrymandering, a loophole that takes on new significance in an age of partisan polarization. Partisan gerrymanders locks in outcomes in dozens of House seats and hundreds of state legislative seats, allowing political parties to maintain power even when they win less than half the vote. This year, with the help of a little math, the Supreme Court has a chance to curb partisan gerrymandering. Basic statistics can play an important role in helping the Court — and in repairing a flaw in how our Republic works today. The Greater New Brunswick Area chapter of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey is presenting this program with two speakers. Sam Wang is founder of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project (gerrymander.princeton.edu) and professor of neuroscience and molecular biology at Princeton University and a faculty associate in law and public affairs. He is well known for developing statistical methods to analyze United States elections, and he is the author of several works on statistical methods to detect partisan bias in redistricting. His election work has won awards from the Washington Post and Common Cause, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Brian Remlinger, a statistical analyst at the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, will also be a presenter. For further information contact Jill Lewis-Spector, LWVNJ Board of Directors,Greater New Brunswick Area LWVNJ chapter, Event Coordinator, at jlewisprof1@gmail.com

purple star for childrens eventPepper Zhang, Artist Extraordinaire

Children's Book Talk
Sun, April 15, 2018, 1:30 pm

Author Jerry Zhang will read to children and their families from his new book, Pepper Zhang, Artist Extraordinaire. The children’s book was born out of a father’s mission to write a book for his daughter that doesn’t currently exist: an inspirational book with a strong Asian girl as the main character. Yes, Pepper Zhang is Asian, and no this book is not a book about Asian culture — it’s just a fun and dynamic story that children of all backgrounds can enjoy! At its core, “Pepper Zhang, Artist Extraordinaire!” is an extraordinary story about an ordinary little girl who discovers an interest in art and transforms into an “Artist Extraordinaire!” Through her journey into fame and stardom, Pepper learns an important life lesson about humility. The program is sponsored by the Human Relations Commission and the Highland Park Public Library.

green star for adult eventFrantz (PG-13)

International Film Festival
Tue, April 17, 2018, 6:30 pm

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers. Frantz finds writer-director François Ozon thoughtfully probing the aftermath of World War I through the memories and relationships of loved ones left behind. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. One hour, 53 minutes.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, April 23, 2018, 7:30 pm
Paul Muldoon

green star for adult eventPaul Muldoon

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, April 24, 2018, 7:00 pm

Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet. He has published over thirty collections and won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize. He held the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1999 to 2004. At Princeton University he is both the Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor in the Humanities and Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. He has also served as president of the Poetry Society and Poetry Editor at The New Yorker.

green star for adult eventEdwin Romond

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Thu, April 26, 2018, 7:00 pm

Edwin Romond is the author of eight collections of poetry and has been awarded writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Councils on the Arts. Garrison Keillor has twice read Romond’s poetry on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and his memoir, “The Ticket,” appears in Tim Russert’s national bestseller, Wisdom of Our Fathers from Random House. He is the recipient of the 2013 New Jersey Poetry Prize for his poem, “Champion.” In addition, Romond wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the musical plays, A Family Life and Robin Hood that were produced at New Jersey community theaters.

May 2018 Events

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

Memoir Writing Workshop
Thu, May 10, 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.

green star for adult eventAfter the Storm (Not Rated)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tue, May 15, 2018, 6:30 pm

After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife. Japanese Drama directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. One hour, 57 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

green star for adult eventMonthly Meditation Circle

Bobbie Ellis, Soma Center
Thu, May 17, 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 been teaching yoga, movement and embodied meditation for 31 years. Meditation can help you live a healthier, happier life. A Meditation Circles will also be held on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 PM.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, May 21, 2018, 7:30 pm

Library Closed

Memorial Day Weekend
Sat, May 26, 2018

Library Closed

Memorial Day Weekend
Sun, May 27, 2018

Library Closed

Memorial Day
Mon, May 28, 2018

green star for adult eventNikki Stiller

Poetry Night Series
Tue, May 29, 2018, 7:00 pm

Nikki Still 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, Bauruch College and for many years at the New Jersey Institute of New Jersey where she won two teaching awards. After her reading we will have an open mic. The Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

June 2018 Events

green star for adult eventOnline Businesses and New Jersey Tax

Small Business Workshop
Mon, June 4, 2018, 10:00 am

This workshop will cover online businesses and New Jersey Tax. Information will include, taxability of products and services, sales inside and outside of New Jersey, 411 on shipping products, and collecting and reporting New Jersey Sales Tax.
Tiesha McCall and Solange Pimentel from Taxation University, the Training and Outreach Unit of the New Jersey Division of Taxation, will conduct this workshop. They will do The Fundamentals of New Jersey Sales Tax, a second workshop, today at 1:30 pm. To register call 732-572-2750 or email sjohnson@hpplnj.org.

green star for adult eventThe Fundamentals of New Jersey Sales Tax

Small Business Workshop
Mon, June 4, 2018, 1:30 pm

The workshop for small businesses will cover the taxability of products and services, and how to use New Jersey Exemption Certificates. Participants will also learn how to file sales tax and how to use tax returns.
Tiesha McCall and Solange Pimentel from Taxation University, the Training and Outreach Unit of the New Jersey Division of Taxation, will conduct this workshop. They will also do an earlier workshop at 10 AM today about Online Businesses and New Jersey Tax. To register call 732-572-2750 or email sjohnson@hpplnj.org.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, June 25, 2018, 7:30 pm

July 2018 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, July 23, 2018, 7:30 pm

August 2018 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, August 27, 2018, 7:30 pm

September 2018 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, September 17, 2018, 7:30 pm

October 2018 Events

Library Board Meeting

Mon, October 22, 2018, 7:30 pm

November 2018 Events

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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