Past Events

January 2019 Events

red star for teens eventMagic Origami Circle

Teen Craft
Tue, January 15, 2019, 3:00 pm

Learn how to make a modular origami creation that you can play with!

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 eventBooks and Brews-A Themed Book Discussion

New Beginnings-Books About Change
Mon, January 14, 2019, 7:00 pm

January’s theme is New Beginnings. Read any book about change and join us in a lively book discussion. If you are stumped about what to read ask a librarian! This book discussion group will meet four times a year. Future dates will be April 15 (Around The World-Books by Foreign Authors), July 15 (Delicious Reads-Food Novels), and October 21 (Freedom to Read-Commonly Banned and Challenged Books). Enjoy coffee, tea and treats! Contact Sherry or Karen at 732-572-2750 or sjohnson@hpplnj.org.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Students in Grades 1 through 5
Mon, January 14, 2019, 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.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Rumi

Rumi is a Therapy Dog
Sun, January 13, 2019, 2:00 pm

Rumi is a greyhound therapy dog. He is 4 years old, loves kids, and in his spare time likes to listen to stories. This program is for children who already are reading and need practice to become more confident readers. Each child will read to Rumi for 10-15 minutes on the Sunday they are registered for. We will meet in the quiet study and each reader must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is limited so check your calendar to see if one or all Sundays work for you.

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.

red star for teens eventAfter-School Games

Teen Afternoon Fun
Tue, January 8, 2019, 3:00 pm

Hang out with your friends and play some new games. We’ll provide the snacks!

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventLGBTQ+: Let’s Get Busy Talking! (LGBTQ+ 101)

A Safe Space for Discussion
Mon, January 7, 2019, 6:00 pm

In this workshop presented by Garden State Equality, participants will Learn terminology and the different components that make up sexuality, including sex, gender identity, gender expression, and orientation. Participants can talk about issues that often affect LGBTQ+ peers, such as depression, isolation, self-hatred, substance use, homeless and suicide. Learn tips on how to be an ally. All ages are welcome.

Go Game

For Children and Teens
Mon, January 7, 2019, 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 in grade school and teens. Today we will meet in the children’s room. The program will be from 3:30-4:30 PM.

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

In the Meeting Room
Thu, January 3, 2019, 12:30 pm

Start the New Year by saving lives! New Jersey Blood Services is conducting a life saving blood drive at the library from 12:30 PM until 6:30 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 winter season when supplies are low. Blood is at critically low levels during flu season. To register please call 800-933-2566. Walk-ins are also welcome!

Library Closed

New Years Day
Tue, January 1, 2019

December 2018 Events

Highland Park Public Library

Open 10 to 3

Mon, December 31, 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.

Library Closed

Christmas Day
Tue, December 25, 2018
Highland Park Public Library

Open 10 to 3

Mon, December 24, 2018

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.

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.

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 is “Fire”. Writing doesn’t have to be on a specific fire, think metaphorically. Examples will be given! 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.

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.

red star for teens eventJust Dance

ALL NEW 2019 Just Dance
Tue, December 18, 2018, 3:00 pm

Learn dance moves and try out the ALL NEW 2019 version of Just Dance on the Xbox Kinect!

Library Board Meeting

Mon, December 17, 2018, 7:30 pm

red star for teens eventLibrary Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Join the Teen Group
Mon, December 17, 2018, 6:30 pm

Help plan and prepare upcoming teen library programs and events!

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.

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 eventUgly Holiday Sweater Cookie Decorating

Teen Craft
Tue, December 11, 2018, 3:00 pm

Decorate a sweater shaped cookie and make it as ugly as you want!

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.

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.

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.

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.

green star for adult eventAnd All Is Always Now: A Romantic Time Travel Novel

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

Author Tisha Bender is back to talk about her second book, And All is Always Now, a time travel novel in the framework of a romance. While on a vacation in the Lake District, England, Florence Hamilton meets Lance Ramsey, and immediately events take a mysterious turn. To her astonishment, Florence’s second-hand camera takes photos of events – some serene and some shockingly disturbing – that are radically different from the scene before her. Tisha Bender was born and raised in London, and went to the University of Bristol. She then attended the London School of Economics for graduate school. Since coming to America, she has taught in a number of U.S. universities, including Cornell Off Campus College and The New School, and has been teaching in the Rutgers Writing Program since 2004. P.U.N.C.H. is her first published novel, and she is also the author of two editions of Discussion-Based Online Teaching to Enhance Student Learning.

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.

coding

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventCelebrate Computer Science Week!

Coding
Mon, December 3, 2018, 4:30 pm

Celebrate Computer Science Week at the library by learning about coding with a Google Hour of Code event. Two characters meet in a world and discover a surprising object. What happens next? You create the story using the computer coding language Scratch. Highland Park Public Library received $500 from the American Library Association (ALA) to help plan and implement coding activities during Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week 2018 (December 3-9) and beyond. Highland Park Public Library is one of 250 school and public libraries around the country to receive this micro-funding from Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association sponsored by Google.

Sign up at the library: 31 North 5th Avenue

on the phone: 732-572-2750

or with Sherry: sjohnson@hpplnj.org

Any questions call and ask for Sherry or Karen

green star for adult eventArt Reception for Shannon Donaghy

The Girl with Three Names
Sun, December 2, 2018, 2:00 pm

Shannon’s works consist of a variety of mediums and practices such as oil painting, drawing with mixed media, fiber arts, and screen-printing. Through her works she expresses the point of view of a transracial adoptee, self-perception, self-portraiture, morphing identity and various ways of seeing the self.

November 2018 Events

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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!

Library Board Meeting

Mon, November 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

Library Closed

Day After Thanksgiving
Fri, November 23, 2018

Library Closed

Thanksgiving Day
Thu, November 22, 2018

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

red star for teens eventJust Dance

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

Keep your body moving with the Xbox Kinect!