Past Events

October 2021 Events

purple star for childrens eventChildren and Families Community Conversations

Not So Different
Thu, October 21, 2021, 3:30 pm

Register and receive your own copy of Not So Different. Shane Burcaw’s humorous and honest book for children about living with a disability. And please join us for a Zoom discussion. Register at hpplnj.org or call 732-572-2750. This program is made possible by an ALA Libraries Transforming Communities grant.

purple star for childrens eventYoga Storytime Outside

For 3-5 years old
Thu, October 21, 2021, 10:30 am

Bring a blanket or towel and join us on the library front lawn for stories, songs, and stretches! weather permitting. For children 3-5 years old. 

green star for adult eventCrafternoons

crafts
Wed, October 20, 2021, 1:00 pm

Join our adult crafters outside the library to learn rock painting art.    

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Story Time on Facebook Live

For Young Children and Their Families
Wed, October 20, 2021, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

green star for adult eventAdult Community Conversations Book Discussion

Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is my Nurse
Tue, October 19, 2021, 7:00 pm

Shane Burcaw’s humorous and honest book for adults living with a disability Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse, will be our topic of our Zoom discussion! Register at hpplnj.org or call 732-572-2750 and receive a free copy of the book. This program is made possible by an ALA Libraries Transforming Communities grant.

NEW DATE! Teen DIY Tie Dye

Tue, October 19, 2021, 3:30 pm

Create your own one-of-a-kind tie-dye t-shirt at this fun DIY event!  PLEASE REGISTER HERE!

red star for teens eventTeen Community Conversations Book Discussion

Laughing at My Nightmare
Mon, October 18, 2021, 7:00 pm

Shane Bucaw’s humerous and honest book for teens living with a disability will be the subject of our discussion. Join us on Zoom. Register online at hpplnj.org or call 732-572-2750. This program has been made possible by an ALA Libraries Transforming Communities grant.

purple star for childrens eventChildren’s Take & Make Pickups

Pickups start at 10:30
Mon, October 18, 2021, 10:30 am

Pick up a craft to make at home. For children ages 5-10 years. Kits are first-come-first-1served.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventTommy Strazza Outdoor Concert

Outdoor Concert Series
Fri, October 15, 2021, 2:00 pm

Tommy Strazza has been a staple of the New Jersey music scene for the better part of the last decade as both a singer/songwriter and lead guitarist for several bands(Hey Bulldog, Okra Winfrey, G-Man Syndicate.) and solo artists (Anthony Walker, Anjelia, Emily Grove, and Michael Askin to name a few.). His last album “The Model Citizen L.P.” earned him a “Top Local Release” nomination at the 2010 Asbury Music Awards, and his guitar work earned him a “Top Guitarist” victory at the 2011 Asbury Music Awards.

Teen Pumpkin Garland DIY Outdoor Event

Thu, October 14, 2021, 3:15 pm

Learn how to make adorable pumpkin garland using just yarn and scissors! 

Teen Literary Pumpkin Decorating Pumpkin Pickup

Wed, October 13, 2021, 3:00 pm

HPPL is having its first ever literary pumpkin decorating competition! Decorate your pumpkin using your favorite book as inspiration, fill-out a submission form, and drop your pumpkin off at the library for judging. We will have a limited number of pumpkins available for pickup starting on October 12th. Self-purchased pumpkins may also be decorated and […]

purple star for childrens eventNEW DATE! Books & Babies Outside

Newborn to 24 months
Wed, October 13, 2021, 10:30 am

Lapsit storytime for ages newborn to 24 months. Join us outside for simple songs, fingerplays, bounces, and stories.

Next Chapter Book Club

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Next Chapter Book Club
Tue, October 12, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

purple star for childrens eventNEW DATE! Outside Crafty Kids-Bats!

Grades K-3
Tue, October 12, 2021, 3:30 pm

Join us monthly for after school crafting, stories and games. This month our theme is bats. Please join us on the front lawn of the library. Weather permitting.

green star for adult eventOctober Writers’ Circle

Write a first Draft
Thu, October 7, 2021, 7:00 pm

Join the Writers’ Circle and start writing! Read poems, receive prompts and read your writing to an interested group. We will explore “other worlds”. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org for Zoom link, poem, and prompts! Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 850 4874 5290 Passcode: 157934

red star for teens eventCANCELLED: Teen Bullet Journaling Club

Thu, October 7, 2021, 7:00 pm

Get organized with us at this brand new program! Youth Services Associate, Melaina Squicciarini (she/her), will be leading a monthly Bullet Journaling Club. Learn what bullet journaling is and how to do it and then meet up monthly to stay on track with your journaling!  This event will take place masked & socially distanced indoors. […]

purple star for childrens eventCANCELLED: Outside Family Storytime

Afternoon Book Break
Thu, October 7, 2021, 3:30 pm

Enjoy an outside storytime for all ages. Bring the family!

Next Chapter Book Club

Next Chapter Book Club

Next Chapter Book Club
Tue, October 5, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

September 2021 Events

Rita Signorelli-Pappas

green star for adult eventRita Signorelli-Pappas Zoom Poetry Reading

Friends Poetry Night Series
Thu, September 30, 2021, 7:00 pm

Rita Signorelli-Pappas’ poems have been widely published in such journals as Poetry, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, Poet Lore, The Women’s Review of Books, Southern Poetry Review, and Notre Dame Review, and also in such online publications as Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.  I have two published collections of poetry, Satyr’s Wife (2010) and Labyrinth (2019), both published by Serving House Books; currently, I am completing a third collection, Love in the Halocene. Her other poetry activities include being a regular poetry reviewer for World Literature Today and having given a number of poetry readings at places like the Cornelia Street Café and Queensborough Community College in New York; Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania; Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana; Barnes and Noble in Princeton, New Jersey; The Writer’s Room in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and the Highland Park Public Library. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org for Zoom link.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 833 5370 3740
Passcode: 431010

Teen Tie-Dye

red star for teens eventCANCELLED Teen Tie-Dye Event

Thu, September 30, 2021, 3:15 pm

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to library building closures to both staff and the public.

purple star for childrens eventCANCELLED: Outside Science and Stories

Children Ages 3-5 Years
Wed, September 29, 2021, 2:00 pm

Children three to five years of age can join us for outdoor stories and preschool STEM activities. September’s area of study is apples!

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Wed, September 29, 2021, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

Next Chapter Book Club

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Book Discussion
Tue, September 28, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

teens outside library

red star for teens eventTeen Tuesday Outdoor Games

Outdoor Games for Teens
Tue, September 28, 2021, 3:15 pm

Relax with your friends after school with fun games outside!

purple star for childrens eventBilingual Storytime / Hora de cuentos bilingüe

Mon, September 27, 2021, 3:30 pm

¡Celebra con nosotros el mes de la herencia Hispana! Celebrate with us Hispanic Heritage Month!      

green star for adult eventCancelled-Singer Ellen LaFurn and Pianist Bob McHugh

Outdoor Mini Concert Series
Thu, September 23, 2021, 7:00 pm

Singer Ellen LaFurn and accompanist Bob McHugh will entertain you with the best melodies from the American Song Book under the stars at the entrance of the library for our Mini-Series. Ellen LaFurn started singing professionally at the age of 17 with a group called Chang Lee and the Zaniacs.At Kean University she was the featured vocalist with the Big Band Workshop and later was a vocalist with the Bob Ackerman Group. Weather permitting. Masks and social distancing is required.

purple star for childrens eventRESCHEDULED! Bilingual Storytime / Hora de cuentos bilingüe

Stories, games, and crafts. Cuentos, juegos, y manualidades
Thu, September 23, 2021, 3:30 am

Due to expected rain, this event has been rescheduled to Monday, September 27th at 3:30 pm. ¡Celebra con nosotros el mes de la herencia Hispana! Celebrate with us Hispanic Heritage Month!      

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Wed, September 22, 2021, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

Next Chapter Book Club

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Book Discussion
Tue, September 21, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

purple star for childrens eventChildren’s Take and Make Pick-Ups

Pick- Ups begin at 10:30am
Mon, September 20, 2021, 10:30 am

Miss Karen will read bed time stories on Facebook Live for young children and their families.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventCancelled- Concert with Tommy Strazza

Outdoor Mini Concerts Series
Fri, September 17, 2021, 2:00 pm

ommy Strazza has been a staple of the New Jersey music scene for the better part of the last decade as both a singer/songwriter and lead guitarist for several bands(Hey Bulldog, Okra Winfrey, G-Man Syndicate.) and solo artists (Anthony Walker, Anjelia, Emily Grove, and Michael Askin to name a few.). His last album “The Model Citizen L.P.” earned him a “Top Local Release” nomination at the 2010 Asbury Music Awards, and his guitar work earned him a “Top Guitarist” victory at the 2011 Asbury Music Awards.

red star for teens eventTeen Back To School Activity

Teens Decorate
Wed, September 15, 2021, 3:00 pm

Stop by the library after school and check out our decoration station. We’ll have markers, washi tape, stickers, and more for you to personalize your school supplies! Drop in starts at 3:00pm.

Next Chapter Book Club

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Book Discussion
Tue, September 14, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Pajama Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Mon, September 13, 2021, 7:00 pm

Miss Karen will read bed time stories on Facebook Live for young children and their families.

green star for adult eventVirtual Crime Fiction Author Panel

Mystery Lovers' Program
Thu, September 9, 2021, 7:00 pm

Mark Leichliter, James L’Etoile, DonnaRae Menard, and Marlie Wasserman showcase their passion for crime fiction in their summer 2021 novels from Level Best Books. These authors write mysteries, procedurals, thrillers, and historicals, all with crime at the center. They look forward to sharing their work and discussing how a story idea turns into a novel, via Zoom. Some of the specific area they will will share include: How have their backgrounds informed subject matter and themes? How do the ways they deal with mental illness inform their work? What is the role of research for both contemporary and historical novels? How do they decide on what point of view to use in their writing? How did they become writers?
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 852 1581 5907
Passcode: 803518

Next Chapter Book Club

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Book Discussion
Tue, September 7, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

August 2021 Events

Next Chapter Book Club

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Book Discussion
Tue, August 31, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

Next Chapter Book Club

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Book Discussion
Tue, August 24, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

mom child night reading

Virtual Pajama Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Mon, August 23, 2021, 7:00 pm

Miss Karen will read bed time stories on Facebook Live for young children and their families.

Books & Brews: Beach Reads Edition!

Mon, August 23, 2021, 7:00 pm

green star for adult eventUntangling and Reweaving: the Challenges of Writing Feminist Historical Fiction -Via Zoom

Writing Workshop
Thu, August 19, 2021, 7:00 pm

This is a writing workshop, via Zoom, about writing historical fiction with a feminest perspective. We’ll experience the challenges and the fun of fem-envision: re-telling history and stories from a feminist point of view.
Judy Petsonk is the author of two feminist historical novels: “Queen of the Jews,” and “Justice: Maccabees and Pharisees.” She also wrote the non-fiction “Taking Judaism Personally,” an account of the havurah, and Jewish feminist movements. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org to register, receive worksheets and for Zoom link.

Join Zoom Event
Meeting ID: 892 2727 3099
Passcode: 120242

Next Chapter Book Club

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Book Discussion
Tue, August 17, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

green star for adult eventVirtual August Writers’ Circle-Session II

Writers' Group
Mon, August 16, 2021, 7:00 pm

Join us for a second session of the Writers’ Circle this month. We will read first or second drafts of poems and discuss them together. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org if you need Zoom link or a sample poem to read or prompts.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 893 6892 1039
Passcode: 057697

purple star for childrens eventKids Take and Make Craft Pick-Up

For Kindergarten-Fifth Grade
Mon, August 16, 2021, 10:30 am

Each third Monday of the month this summer children in Kindergarten through fifth grade can pick up a take and make kit at the front entrance of the library beginning at 10:30am. First come, first served!

green star for adult eventAugust Writers’ Circle

Write the First Draft of a Poem
Thu, August 12, 2021, 7:00 pm

Join  a group that is carving out a time to meet and write. Gain inspiration from reading a poem together and receiving prompts. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org for Zoom link and poem and prompts.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 811 5238 2264
Passcode: 141377

purple star for childrens eventIn Person Book Break

For Young Children and their Families
Thu, August 12, 2021, 2:00 pm

Enjoy an outdoor story time with Miss Karen, Youth Librarian. Masks are required, social distancing and weather permitting.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Wed, August 11, 2021, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

Next Chapter Book Club

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Book Discussion
Tue, August 10, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Library’s community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is affiliated with the international Next Chapter Book Club organization. We get together to read or listen to books, talk about books and generally socialize with each other. We have successfully transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. […]

teens outside library

red star for teens eventOutdoor Teen Tuesdays

Grades 6 and Up
Tue, August 10, 2021, 2:00 pm

Teens meet on the front lawn with Miss Karen for games, crafts and other fun activities. Please wear a mask and social distance. Weather permitting.

purple star for childrens eventOutdoor Afternoon Crafts for Children

For Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
Mon, August 9, 2021, 3:30 pm

Simple crafts, stories and games for children in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration required.