Past Events

April 2018 Events

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. He was born in Portadown, County Armagh and raised near The Moy, in Northern Ireland. Muldoon’s work is full of paradox: playful but serious, elusive but direct, innovative but traditional. He uses traditional verse forms such as the sonnet, ballad, and dramatic monologue, but alters their length and basic structure, and uses rhyme and meter in new ways. His work is also notable for its layered use of conceit, allusion, and wit. The cryptic wordplay present in many poems has often been called Joycean, but Muldoon himself has cited lyric poets such as Frost, Thomas, and MacNeice as his major influences. A book signing will follow.

red star for teens eventMinute to Win It

Teen Competition
Tue, April 24, 2018, 3:00 pm

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

Library Board Meeting

Mon, April 23, 2018, 7:30 pm

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Children and Teens
Mon, April 23, 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 1-5. 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 eventA Plastic Ocean: An Environmental Film

Earth Day Film
Sat, April 21, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for an environmental film right before Earth Day and enter a raffle to win a free reusable bag! A Plastic Ocean begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect. One hour, 42 minutes.

lego pieces

purple star for childrens eventLego Challenge

After School Special
Fri, April 20, 2018, 3:30 pm

Recommended for grade school children. Complete in Challenges! Refreshments too! Please register.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Four and Five Year old Story Time
Thu, April 19, 2018, 3:30 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 Two and Three Year Olds
Wed, April 18, 2018, 11:00 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children 2-3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

Babies 6 - 23 months
Wed, April 18, 2018, 10:15 am

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

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.

craft card

red star for teens eventRecycled Craft for Teens

Celebrate Earth Day Early
Tue, April 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

Start Earth Day early and make something out of recycled or upcycled materials.

purple star for childrens eventGLOW at the Library

For Ages 3-5
Tue, April 17, 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 eventgreen star for adult eventLet’s Make a Wave: Earth Day Art Project

Creative Art for Families
Mon, April 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

Artist Coleen Tyler will help families with grade school children assemble a Window Wave from single use plastic bags. One of the most widespread waste in our oceans and seas are plastic bags. Learn more about this dangerous environmental hazard during this Earth Day Project. Start collecting single use plastic bags (especially blue) and bring them to the program. Children under eight need to bring an adult. Space is limited and please register at the front desk or call the library at 732-572-2750. Don’t forget to join us for the Environmental film, A Plastic Ocean, on Saturday, April 21 at 2:00 PM to learn more about this serious problem.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Children and Teens
Mon, April 16, 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 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 eventThe Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta

Author Kushanava Choudhury
Sat, April 14, 2018, 2:00 pm

Kushanava Choudhury, who grew up in Calcutta and Highland Park, will read from his new book , The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta. After graduating from Princeton University, he worked as a reporter at the Statesman in Calcutta. He went on to receive a PhD in political theory from Yale University before returning to Calcutta to write a book about the city. Choudhury will talk about his childhood city, once the capital of the British Raj and later India’s industrial and cultural hub. Through vivid details and stories that wind through back streets and monuments left from the Victorian era, we will gain access to a Calcutta few of us are familiar with. A book signing and reception will follow the reading.

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 Greater New Brunswick Area chapter of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey is presenting a program about Gerrymandering. The program features a nationally recognized speaker on this subject, Brian Remlinger, a statistical analyst at the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, who will discuss Fixing Bugs in Democracy Using Statistics, Science, and Law. Brian Remlinger works with Sam Wang at Princeton University’s Princeton Gerrymandering Project as a statistical and legal analyst, specializing in the quantitative and normative issues surrounding partisan gerrymandering. Before joining the Project, Brian graduated in 2014 from MIT with a degree in physics. He has co-authored several articles with Sam Wang, including in 2017, Can math stop partisan gerrymandering? for the Los Angeles Times, Can math assist in saving democracy?, which appeared in The American Prospect, and a recent opinion piece in the Athens Banner-Herald, A solution to partisan gerrymandering: Math. Brian’s careful analysis demonstrates why he believes partisan gerrymandering is getting worse.
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.
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 eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Thu, April 12, 2018, 3:30 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 Two and Three Year Olds
Wed, April 11, 2018, 11:00 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children 2-3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

Ages 6-23 Months
Wed, April 11, 2018, 10:15 am

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

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.

red star for teens eventMagnet Craft

Teen Craft Afternoon
Tue, April 10, 2018, 3:00 pm

Make beautiful works of art to decorative your locker.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventTwirling Palm Puppet Book Workshop with Amee Pollack

Adults and Children 8 and up
Mon, April 9, 2018, 6:30 pm

Learn the basics of bookmaking by creating one structure called a Twirling Palm Puppet Book from start to finish in a two hour workshop with artist, Amee J. Pollack.Children six years of age and up are invited to come with an adult or adults can come by themselves to make their own book. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. Materials will be provided for one book per participant. 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.

To register for the program go to, https://www.hpartscommission.com/bookart/ or call Art Commission Chair Pandora Scooter at 646-298-0542.

mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventTwilight Tales

For Children Three to Five Years Old
Mon, April 9, 2018, 6:30 pm

Enjoy stories before bed time. Children can come in pajamas. For families with children three to five years old.

purple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Grades 1-5
Mon, April 9, 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.

Shelley Phillips painting

green star for adult eventArt Reception for Shelley Phillips

Sun, April 8, 2018

Shelley Phillips, the founder of the art program at Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva will have a solo show at the Highland Park Public Library through April 2018. An art reception will be held on Sunday, April 8 from 1:30 – 4:30 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 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.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Thu, April 5, 2018, 4:00 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 Two and Three Year Olds
Wed, April 4, 2018, 11:00 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children 2-3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

read books with librarian

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For six to 23 month olds
Wed, April 4, 2018, 10:15 am

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

red star for teens eventWonder (PG)

Afternoon at the Movies
Tue, April 3, 2018, 1:30 pm

Watch this heartwarming movie based on the bestselling book, Wonder! One hour, 53 minutes.

Library Closed

Easter Sunday
Sun, April 1, 2018

March 2018 Events

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Library Closed

Good Friday
Fri, March 30, 2018

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.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventCOCO (PG)

Afternoon at the Movies
Thu, March 29, 2018, 1:00 pm

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. Enjoy a movie during your half day from school! One hour, 45 minutes.

red star for teens eventJust Dance

Tue, March 27, 2018, 3:00 pm

Try out some new dance moves when we play Just Dance on the Xbox!.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, March 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Children and Teens
Mon, March 26, 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.

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 […]

Highland Park Public Library

Library is closed today

Snow
Wed, March 21, 2018

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.

red star for teens eventStress Ball Craft

Teen Craft Afternoon
Tue, March 20, 2018, 3:00 pm

Learn how to make your own DIY stress ball!

Highland Park Public Library

Library Board Meeting

Mon, March 19, 2018, 7:30 pm

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.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Children and Teens
Mon, March 19, 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.

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.

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.

Events

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red star for teens eventChocolate Art

Teen Craft Afternoon
, 3:00 pm

Learn how to make gorgeous and edible pieces of art. Please register!

March 2018 Events

red star for teens eventYouTube Karaoke

For Teens
Tue, March 13, 2018, 3:00 pm

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