Past Events

March 2019 Events

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.

green star for adult eventIntroduction to the Sewing Machine

Workshop with Stephanie McIntyre
Thu, March 21, 2019, 6:30 pm

Stephanie McIntyre will introduce the important skill of using the sewing machine to beginners. Learn to thread the bobbin and sew a straight line. Each participant will leave with a finished tote bag. Men and women have enjoyed learning these important first steps to feeling comfortable with the sewing machine. If you have a portable sewing machine you can bring it to the class. If you don’t, Stephanie brings portable machines. Materials are provided.Please register at the front desk or call the library at 732-572-2750.

Maker Madness-A Family Maker Event for All Ages

Thu, March 21, 2019, 3:15 pm

Children and families of all ages can check out a variety of “Maker Stations” and learn how to make mazes spinners, maracas, poppers and more.

green star for adult eventFilm Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Rated R)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, March 19, 2019, 6:30 pm

Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) finds romance and happiness with a younger man, but her life changes forever when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s. Based on the memoir of Peter Turner, the younger man. One hour, 45 minutes. English.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Tue, March 19, 2019, 10:30 am

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

purple star for childrens eventGraphic Novel Discussion and Exchange

After School Specials
Thu, March 14, 2019, 3:15 pm

If you like to read graphic novels join us for a discussion. Feel free to bring in a graphic novel you have already read and would like to exchange.For children already in grade school. Please register.

read books with librarian

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For 6 to 23 month olds
Wed, March 13, 2019, 10:30 am

Stories, songs and rhymes for babies and toddlers 6-23 months accompanied by an adult. There will be no program on March 20.

green star for adult event“Spring Stirrings” Poetry Workshop

Poet Maxine Susman will conduct the Writing Workshop
Tue, March 12, 2019, 6:30 pm

The change in seasons and the coming spring will be the inspiration for this writing workshop led by poet and teacher Maxine Susman. What do these spring stirrings mean to us personally and in the world around us? Drawing upon sample poems and stimulating warm-up prompts, we will discuss poem ideas and then write an original poem to share with the group, for a friendly, supportive evening of poetry. All are welcome, from beginners to advanced. 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 Distinguished Teaching Award. She gives readings with the Cool Women Poets.

red star for teens eventJust Dance

ALL NEW 2019 Just Dance
Tue, March 12, 2019, 3:00 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Tue, March 12, 2019, 10:30 am

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

red star for teens eventLibrary Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Join TAB
Mon, March 11, 2019, 6:30 pm

Help plan and prepare upcoming teen library programs and events! Please Register!

Events

red star for teens eventTeens MAKE!

Teen Craft
, 3:00 pm

At this New Jersey Makers Week event, teens will learn how to make a moveable toy that they can personalize in their own unique way.

March 2019 Events

green star for adult eventOrigami for Adults

Adult Craft Night Series
Thu, March 7, 2019, 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 eventMaria Mazziotti Gillan Poetry Reading and Art Reception

Poetry Night Series
Tue, March 5, 2019, 7:00 pm

Celebrate Women’s Month 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). The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets (Redux Consortium), is a new collection of her poems and accompanying paintings.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Rumi

Rumi is a Therapy Dog
Sun, March 3, 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. To register call the library at 732-572-2750.

green star for adult eventScarlatti in New Jersey-Rare 17th Century Manuscript Discovery

Documentary and Program by Maestro Robert W. Butts
Sun, March 3, 2019, 2:00 pm

Scarlatti in New Jersey, a film by Maestro Robert W. Butts and Brian Foran, is about Dr. Jude Pfister’s discovery of the 1693 manuscript of Alessandro Scarlatti’s dramatic oratorio, La Giuditta. The 1693 manuscript was found at Washington’s Headquarters Museum in Morristown National Historical Park, in Morristown. After the screening of the 54 minute documentary, Dr. Butts will talk about the history of the work, his editing of the work and its first modern day performance in New York City in 2008. He will also answer questions from the audience. Maestro Butts has conducted major orchestra and opera performances in New Jersey as well as guest appearances in Europe, most recently making his Italian debut in Crema with a performance of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and the world premiere of his composition Saturnalia Strings. His Early Morning Suite for classical guitar has been featured in recitals in Italy and England as well as in the United States.

February 2019 Events

green star for adult eventMedicare Workshop

The Answers to Most Asked Questions
Thu, February 28, 2019, 6:30 pm

The subject of Medicare can sometimes be confusing. This workshop presented by Michael Salum of Senior Advisors will try to answer the most asked questions about Medicare. The topics covered will include: the five biggest mistakes made by beneficiaries, original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage, enrollment periods and penalties, working past the age of 65, how Medicare supplement policies work, how prescription programs(Part D) work, and what some of the proposed changes to Medicare in the future might be. To register for the Medicare Workshop please call the library at 732-572-2750. The program is not connected with or endorsed by the United States government or the Federal Medicare program.

purple star for childrens eventPerler Bead Craft

After School Special
Thu, February 28, 2019, 3:15 pm

Use your creativity to make a beautiful Perler bead craft. You design it, we will iron it! After School Specials are for children already in grade school. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Wed, February 27, 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 6-23 Months Olds
Wed, February 27, 2019, 10:30 am

Stories, rhymes and songs for children 6-23 months of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

red star for teens eventBrinner Party (Breakfast for Dinner Themed Party)

Teen Afternoon
Tue, February 26, 2019, 3:00 pm

Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? Join us for breakfast themed snacks, games and activities after school!

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Children and Teens
Mon, February 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 students in grades 1-5. Today we will meet in the children’s room. The program will be from 3:30-4:30 PM.

green star for adult eventBlues Legacy

A Reading and Book Signing
Thu, February 21, 2019, 7:00 pm

acquese Armstrong is a poet and writer living in Central New Jersey. Blues Legacy (Broadside Lotus Press) is her new collection of poems celebrating various genres of African American music. The collection won the 2019 Naomi Long Mudgetti Poetry Award. Armstrong will read from this new collection and sign books. Her first poetry chapbook, dance of the shadows, was released June 2017. She has been published in For Harriet, A Gathering of the Tribes, The Rising Phoenix Review, Black Magnolias Literary Journal and Ourselves/Black. Ms. Armstrong was a 2015 recipient of the Ambassador Award from the State of New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma for promoting wellness and recovery and reducing stigma through the arts.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, February 21, 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 eventBlood Sugar Screening in the Meeting Room

Saint Peter's University Hospital Nurses
Thu, February 21, 2019, 2:00 pm

A team of nurses from Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Community Mobile Health Services will give blood sugar and blood pressure screenings at the library. The mobile team will be here between 2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Nurses will also answer your health related questions about heart disease, diabetes and stroke prevention.

Book Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Wed, February 20, 2019, 3:45 pm

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

Library Closing at 1:30

Dut to Weather
Wed, February 20, 2019

red star for teens eventPerler Bead Creations

Teen Craft
Tue, February 19, 2019, 3:00 pm

Make one of a kind creations out of plastic beads that melt! You can make key chains, jewelry and magnets!

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.

Library Closed

President's Day
Mon, February 18, 2019

Preschool Dance Party

Fri, February 15, 2019, 10:30 am

Tova Halpern from Fresh Theatre Arts will get children and parents moving in this program designed for ages ages 2-5. Babies are welcome.

green star for adult eventWriters’ Circle

Write a Poem or Short Prose Piece
Thu, February 14, 2019, 7:00 pm

Block out a time for writing each month. Join us for a special Writers’ Circle devoted to the theme of Love and All of Its Complications! We will look at four poems, four prompts and write a first draft of a poem or short prose piece. Enjoy dark chocolate to help inspire you. Please register at the front desk or call 732-572-2750.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, February 14, 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 eventJust Dance Party For Grades 3-5

After School Specials
Thu, February 14, 2019, 3:15 pm

Join us for a dance party and creative movement experience. After School Specials are for grade school children. Please register for only those you can attend.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Wed, February 13, 2019, 3:45 pm

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

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Toddlers 6 through 23 months
Wed, February 13, 2019, 10:30 am

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

Abraham Lincoln

Library Closed

Lincoln's Birthday
Tue, February 12, 2019

red star for teens eventEscape the Room

Evening Session
Mon, February 11, 2019, 7:00 pm

Solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand and escape the room! Space is very limited. Registration is required. Register for either the 3:00 PM or 7:00 PM session.

red star for teens eventEscape the Room

Afternoon Session
Mon, February 11, 2019, 3:00 pm

Solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand and escape the room! Space is very limited. Registration is required. Register for either the 3:00 PM or 7:00 PM session.

green star for adult eventArt Reception and Talk with Artists Coleen Tyler and Marcia Shiffman

As I Recall: Photographs and Prints
Sun, February 10, 2019, 3:00 pm

An Art Reception will be held for Artists Coleen Tyler and Marcia Shiffman from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Meeting Room. There will be an Artist’s Talk at 3:00 PM about their new exhibit, “As I Recall”: Photographs and Prints. The new show will be in the Meeting Room from February 1 through February 28. Coleen Tyler will also have an exhibit of photographs in the Main Hall Display Case through the month of February.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, February 7, 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.

Events

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Students in Grades 1 through 5
, 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.

January 2019 Events

purple star for childrens eventSalt Art

After School Specials
Thu, January 31, 2019, 3:15 pm

Make amazing crystals on paper with salt, glue and water colors. After School Specials are for children already in grade school. Please register for only those you can attend.

Miniature Winter Scene Starring You

Teen Craft
Tue, January 29, 2019, 3:00 pm

Help create a miniature winter scene that will include real photos of you and the other participants! The Miniature Winter Scene will be displayed in the Children’s Display Case, outside of the Children’s Room.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, January 28, 2019, 7:30 pm

green star for adult eventIntroduction to the Sewing Machine

Craft Workshop for Adults
Thu, January 24, 2019, 6:30 pm

Stephanie McIntyre is bringing sewing machines 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.

red star for teens eventSnowflakes and Hot Cocoa

Teen Craft
Tue, January 22, 2019, 3:00 pm

Make a beautiful beaded snowflake while you sip hot cocoa!

Library Closed

Martin Luther King's Day
Mon, January 21, 2019
Highland Park Public Library

Library Closed

Sun, January 20, 2019

Due to a state of emergency the library is closed.

Highland Park Public Library

Library Closing at Noon

Sat, January 19, 2019

Due to a state of emergency the library will be closed at noon.  We will reopen on Tuesday, January 22.