Past Events

May 2019 Events

green star for adult eventPoets Ilene Millman and Coleen Marks-Schlaffer

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Thu, May 16, 2019, 7:00 pm

Join us for readings from two poets!Ilene Millman is a speech/language therapist whose poetry has been published in a variety of print journals including the Sow’s Ear, Adanna, The Paterson Review, Poem Memoir Story, U.S. 1 Worksheets and others. Poet Coleen Marks-Schaffler will also be reading. Book signing follows. Coleen Marks-Schaffler recently published Naked,her very first book of poetry. An artist’s model in her salad days, she then had a long day job as a Human Resources executive, while always keeping her finger in the arts. She is an award-winning photographer whose work is in several corporate and many private collections. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she was fortunate to study with Alicia Suskin Ostriker, who steered her Irish storytelling sensibility onto the lyric path of poetry.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

Daisy is a Therapy Dog
Thu, May 16, 2019, 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 eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Wed, May 15, 2019, 3:45 pm

Stories, songs and crafts for children four and five years old accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

Ages 6-23 Months
Wed, May 15, 2019, 10:30 am

Stories, songs and rhymes for babies and toddlers 6-23 months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

red star for teens eventShrinky Dink Creations

Teen Craft
Tue, May 14, 2019, 3:00 pm

Learn how to create one of a kind creations out of Shrinky Dinks. Just draw or trace any image onto a Shrinky Dinks sheet and bake to shrink!

mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventTwilight Tales

Mon, May 13, 2019, 6:30 pm

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

green star for adult eventWriters’ Circle-What Have You Planted in Your Garden?

Thu, May 9, 2019, 6:30 pm

The Writers’ Circle meets once a month to give people a time and a place to write. This month our theme is the garden as a metaphor of how we plan our lives. Join us as we read poems together, receive prompts and write a first draft of a poem or prose piece. For more information call the library at 732-572-2750.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Wed, May 8, 2019, 3:45 pm

Stories, crafts and games for 4 and 5 year olds. Please register.

read books with librarian

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For 6 to 23 month olds
Wed, May 8, 2019, 10:30 am

Stories, songs and rhymes for babies and toddlers 6-23 months accompanied by an adult.

red star for teens eventMother’s Day Craft

Tue, May 7, 2019, 3:00 pm

Make something special for your mom or mother figure in your life!

purple star for childrens eventGLOW at the Library

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

Don’t Miss Students from Highland Park High School’s GlOW program as they lead children through an exciting craft and movement activity.
For ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required

red star for teens eventLibrary Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Teen Evening
Mon, May 6, 2019, 6:30 pm

Help plan and prepare upcoming teen library programs and events! Please register.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventFriends of the Library Book Sale

Books For All Ages
Sun, May 5, 2019, 9:00 am

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be from 9 AM to 5 PM. When the library is not open please enter on North Sixth Avenue. There will be books for every age and of every genre including bestsellers, mysteries, science fiction, and many non-fiction subjects such as gardening, cooking, history, biography and memoir. Funds will benefit library programming.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventFriends of the Library Book Sale

Books For All Ages
Sat, May 4, 2019, 9:00 am

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held May 4 and May 5 from 9 AM to 5 PM. When the library is not open please enter on North Sixth Avenue. There will be books for every age and of every genre including bestsellers, mysteries, science fiction, and many non-fiction subjects such as gardening, cooking, history, biography and memoir. Proceeds will benefit library programming.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

Read to Daisy The Therapy Dog
Thu, May 2, 2019, 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 th quiet study room.

green star for adult eventPlease Donate Books to Friends Book Sale

Please Donate Books During Library Hours
Thu, May 2, 2019, 10:00 am

Books will be accepted Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3. All books are requested except for textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, and encyclopedias. Please do not drop off books when the library is closed. Proceeds from the sale will support library programs.

green star for adult eventPlease Donate Books to Friends of the Library Book Sale

Please Donate Books During Library Hours
Wed, May 1, 2019, 10:00 am

Books will be accepted Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3. All books are requested except for textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, and encyclopedias. Please do not drop off books when the library is closed. Proceeds from the sale will support library programs.

April 2019 Events

green star for adult eventPlease Donate Books to Friends of the Library Book Sale

Please Donate Only During Library Hours
Tue, April 30, 2019, 10:00 am

Books will be accepted Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3. All books are requested except for textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, and encyclopedias. Please do not drop off books when the library is closed. Proceeds from the sale will support library programs.

green star for adult eventPlease Donate Books to Friends of the Library Book Sale

Please Donate During Library Hours
Mon, April 29, 2019, 10:00 am

Books will be accepted Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4. All books are requested except for textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, and encyclopedias. Please do not drop off books when the library is closed. Proceeds from the sale will support library programs.

green star for adult eventWriters’ Circle

In the Neighborhood of Time and Place
Thu, April 25, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join a group of people finding a space in their lives to write. Talk about four poems, receive four prompts and write a first draft of a poem and short prose piece. This month’s theme is The Neighborhood of Time and Place.

red star for teens eventTeen Movie Matinee

Teen Film
Tue, April 23, 2019, 1:30 pm

The library will screen a teen movie of your choice! Voting will take place the week before. (Movies with PG-13 Ratings will be included as choices.)

Library Closed

Easter
Sun, April 21, 2019
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Library Closed

Good Friday
Fri, April 19, 2019

green star for adult eventColon Cancer Awareness Program

ScreenNJ Cancer Prevention
Thu, April 18, 2019, 7:00 pm

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and ScreenNJ are hosting a free educational session. The program offers information on colorectal cancer prevention and risk reduction as well as screening options and resources for our community members. Please join us for this 45-minute workshop and learn how to become a healthier, happier you. Nicole Hernandez, MS, CHES, Community Outreach Coordinator at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey will bring in educational models and answer questions.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Thu, April 18, 2019, 3:45 pm

Stories, songs and crafts for children four and five years old accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-23 Months of Age
Wed, April 17, 2019, 10:30 am

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

green star for adult eventBye Bye Germany (Not Rated)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, April 16, 2019, 6:30 pm

David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose, to go to America as soon as possible. For this they need money. Close to his goal, David is not only deprived of his savings but also overtaken by his shady past. One hour, 42 minutes.

red star for teens eventCraft Wars

Teen Craft
Tue, April 16, 2019, 3:00 pm

Form a creative team and make something with the craft supplies given according to a surprise theme—you will have a time limit and judging will happen the same day. Prizes will be given!

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.

Books and Brews

Genre Book Club
Mon, April 15, 2019, 7:00 pm

Highland Park Library’s Genre Book Club is here again! Read any book originally published in a foreign language.  Join us for a lively discussion.  Stumped on what to read?  See a Librarian for a list of suggested titles. Questions ask Sherry at sjohnson@hpplnj.org or call the reference desk at 732-572-2750  

mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventTwilight Tales

For Families with children 3-5 years of age
Mon, April 15, 2019, 6:30 pm

Evening story time and craft with our own Miss Karen!

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Children and Teens
Mon, April 15, 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.

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 eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Thu, April 11, 2019, 3:45 pm

Stories, songs and crafts for children two and three years old accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventGame Day

For Children in Grade School
Wed, April 10, 2019, 3:15 pm

Join us for an afternoon of snacks and games. For children already in grade school.

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-23 Months of Age
Wed, April 10, 2019, 10:30 am

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

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Grades 1-5
Mon, April 8, 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, April 7, 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 eventHave you had The Conversation?

Signing Day
Sun, April 7, 2019, 2:00 pm

Join Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler and other guest speakers discuss the importance of Advance Care Planning.  Learn how to have The Conversation about your End-Of-Life care planning with your loved ones.  Invite your family and friends to start The Conversation.  Refreshments will be served.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

Daisy is a Therapy Dog
Thu, April 4, 2019, 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 eventThe Land Was Theirs (1993) and An Artist Reception

A Film About the New Jersey Chicken Farmers
Thu, April 4, 2019, 6:00 pm

The Land Was Theirs, set in New Jersey, is about Jewish farmers and their communities. It opens a window on the wider experience of immigrants who came to America in search of a better life and found it in the rural countryside. The new farmers, a minority group living in dynamic tension with the larger culture, managed to adapt to new lifestyles and conventions while maintaining their religious and cultural heritage. A surprising number of artists were raised on these farms and live in Highland Park and the surrounding community. The Highland Park Arts Commission will present this documentary film along with a panel of artists including Rena Segal, Marion Munk & Ellen Rebarber, who will also be exhibiting their work throughout the month of April in the Meeting Room and Main Hall Display Case.

red star for teens eventRed Cup Building Challenge

Teen Afternoon
Tue, April 2, 2019, 3:00 pm

Can you build a tower of 10 red cups without touching the cups with your hands? Teams will be given a variety of materials and tools to complete this task. The team who completes the task the fastest is the winner!

Friends of the Library Meeting

Help Plan the Book Sale
Mon, April 1, 2019, 7:00 pm

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

red star for teens eventLibrary Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Teen Event
Mon, April 1, 2019, 6:30 pm

Help plan and prepare upcoming teen library programs and events! Please register.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Children and Teens
Mon, April 1, 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.

March 2019 Events

purple star for childrens eventOrigami for Children

ForChildren ages 7 and up
Sat, March 30, 2019, 2:00 pm

Angelina Shi, a student from the Hun School of Princeton, will teach children origami. Angelina’s experience includes teaching children to make Chinese lanterns at Huaxia Edison Chinese School during celebration of Chinese New Year. For children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. The Program is from 2:00 to 3:30pm.

green star for adult eventWriters’ Circle

Join a Writing Group
Thu, March 28, 2019, 7:00 pm

Join the a group of people finding a space in their lives to write. Talk about four poems, receive four prompts and write a first draft of a poem and short prose piece. Animals is this month’s theme.

Popsicle Stick Airplanes

After School Specials
Thu, March 28, 2019, 3:15 pm

Make a popsickle stick airplane that you can customize. We provide the popsickle sticks, you provide the imagination! For children already in grade school. Please register.

red star for teens eventBookmark Design Contest

Teen Craft
Tue, March 26, 2019, 3:00 pm

Design a beautiful bookmark with a variety of craft supplies. Voting will take place the following week. The winning design will be duplicated in a limited run for distribution in the library.

purple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Children and Teens
Mon, March 25, 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.