Past Events

July 2021 Events

purple star for childrens eventIn Person Book Break

For Young Children and their Families
Thu, July 29, 2021, 2:00 pm

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

green star for adult eventCrafternoons

Crafting for adults
Wed, July 28, 2021, 3:00 pm

Hey Adults! Tired of sitting at home crafting by yourself? Join us for an hour of camaraderie and fun while you work on your own projects. Show, tell and idea-swapping encouraged! Wednesdays at 1pm on Zoom Email Sherry Johnson at adultref@hpplnj.org for Zoom link & login information.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Wed, July 28, 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

Next Chapter Book Club
Tue, July 27, 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 eventBooks & Brews

Book Discussion
Mon, July 26, 2021, 7:00 pm

Join us to discuss ElibraryNJ’s next Big Library Read title – The Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa Available with no waiting from June 28 – July 12 (hint – renew it on the 11 for extra time if you need it) The Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa – Good girls keep quiet. But quiet girls […]

purple star for childrens eventOutdoor Afternoon Crafts for Children

For Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
Mon, July 26, 2021, 3:30 pm

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

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventMr. Ray Outdoor Concert

Summer Reading Club Concert
Fri, July 23, 2021, 2:00 pm

Mr. Ray (Ray Andersen) will play our favorite songs for children of all ages! His songs and exuberant performance will get you out of your seats singing and dancing! In the 80’s, Ray went onto a very important journey in life as a member of the notable Asbury Park NJ, Stone Pony house-band,”Cats On A Smooth Surface.” Bruce Springsteen played with Ray and the band so much, he often raved to the press that they were his favorite group of musicians to jam with when he was off tour.This experience led Ray to years of performing and touring with the likes of Meat Loaf, Bon Jovi, matchbox twenty and his own original band, Blue Van Gogh. All of these experiences led him to the musical galaxy of Mr. RAY. Masks and social distancing required at the outdoor concert and weather permitting.

green star for adult eventSweat Virtual Play Reading

Read a Play Together
Thu, July 22, 2021, 6:30 pm

The latest play the library will be reading together is Lynne Nottage’s Sweat, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner that begins in a fictional bar in one of the poorest cities in America, Reading, Pennsylvania. A patrol officer, two ex-convicts and three women, who are life long friends begin a conversation that consider a lot of questions about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Exploring identity, race and economics, the female characters are childhood friends who now compete for limited factory jobs, one black and two white, making this one of the most serious plays read yet through this series. The play and list of roles will be available soon. Email raritanriver@yahoo.com with the role you selected and for Zoom invitation.

purple star for childrens eventIn Person Book Break

Thu, July 22, 2021, 2:00 pm

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

green star for adult eventCrafternoons

Crafting for adults
Wed, July 21, 2021, 3:00 pm

Hey Adults! Tired of sitting at home crafting by yourself? Join us for an hour of camaraderie and fun while you work on your own projects. Show, tell and idea-swapping encouraged! Wednesdays at 1pm on Zoom Email Sherry Johnson at adultref@hpplnj.org for Zoom link & login information.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Wed, July 21, 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

Next Chapter Book Club
Tue, July 20, 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, July 19, 2021, 7:00 pm

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

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

For Kindergarten-Fifth Grade
Mon, July 19, 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 eventThe Discovery of a Masterpiece by Auguste Rodin in New Jersey

Local History Mystery Talk
Thu, July 15, 2021, 7:00 pm

Mallory Mortillaro served as the Curator of Collections for the Hartley Dodge Foundation in Madison, NJ. While she was cataloging the artwork housed inside of the Hartley Dodge Memorial she uncovered a masterpiece that had been lost to the art world since the 1930’s.After a year of research the piece was authenticated as an official […]

purple star for childrens eventIn Person Book Break

Thu, July 15, 2021, 2:00 pm

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

green star for adult eventCrafternoons

Crafting for adults
Wed, July 14, 2021, 3:00 pm

Hey Adults! Tired of sitting at home crafting by yourself? Join us for an hour of camaraderie and fun while you work on your own projects. Show, tell and idea-swapping encouraged! Wednesdays at 1pm on Zoom Email Sherry Johnson at adultref@hpplnj.org for Zoom link & login information.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Wed, July 14, 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

Next Chapter Book Club
Tue, July 13, 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. […]

red star for teens eventOpen Mic Night

For Teens
Mon, July 12, 2021, 7:00 pm

Register to perform

purple star for childrens eventOutdoor Afternoon Crafts for Kids

For Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
Mon, July 12, 2021, 3:30 pm

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

green star for adult eventRescheduled for September 23-American Songbook Tribute

Outdoor Mini-Series
Thu, July 8, 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 eventIn Person Book Break

For Young Children and their Families
Thu, July 8, 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, July 7, 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.

Library Closed

July 4th weekend
Mon, July 5, 2021

Library Closed

July 4th weekend
Sun, July 4, 2021

Library Closed

July 4th weekend
Sat, July 3, 2021

green star for adult eventVirtual July Writers” Circle

Write a First Draft
Thu, July 1, 2021, 7:00 pm

Summer always holds a special place in one’s memory. Tonight we will look back on all our summers and write a prose poem. Join a group of people who like to write and hear each other’s work. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org for Zoom invitation and poem and prompts for the evening.
Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 896 5338 3015
Passcode: 904887

purple star for childrens eventIn Person Afternoon Book Break

For Young Children and their Families
Thu, July 1, 2021, 2:00 pm

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

June 2021 Events

green star for adult eventCrafternoons

Crafting for adults
Wed, June 30, 2021, 3:00 pm

Hey Adults! Tired of sitting at home crafting by yourself? Join us for an hour of camaraderie and fun while you work on your own projects. Show, tell and idea-swapping encouraged! Wednesdays at 1pm on Zoom Email Sherry Johnson at adultref@hpplnj.org for Zoom link & login information.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Wed, June 30, 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

Next Chapter Book Club
Tue, June 29, 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 Tuesdays Outdoor In-Person

For Sixth Grade and Up
Tue, June 29, 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.

mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventPajama Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Mon, June 28, 2021, 7:00 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventAfternoon Crafts For Children

For Children in Grades Kindergarten- Fifth Grade
Mon, June 28, 2021, 3:30 pm

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

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventMagnolia Street String Band

Outdoor Mini Concerts Series
Fri, June 25, 2021, 2:00 pm

Our popular Socially distanced Outdoor concerts are back! Masks are required and so is social distancing. Please remain 6 feet away from other people while you enjoy the concert. The Magnolia Street String Band is five-piece acoustic group from New Jersey playing traditional bluegrass with hints of country, folk, and old-time. Shila Shuka, Paul Prestopino, Bobby Baxmeyer and Matthew Backes are a popular local band and in 2019 released their first full length album, Wrong Side of the Rain. Join us for a foot stomping concert with old friends! The concert is weather permitting.

green star for adult eventBooks & Brews

Book Discussion
Thu, June 24, 2021, 7:00 pm

Tails & Tales is the summer reading program.  So this month is all about animals!  Come armed with your favorite title or just a thirst for knowledge on new books! ***If you want to challenge yourself and win prizes this summer come learn about how easy it is.  Hint- you will be ahead of the […]

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventTsu Fil Duvids Klezmer Concert

Outdoor Mini Concert Series
Thu, June 24, 2021, 7:00 pm

Tonight our mini outdoor concert series presents a popular borough Klezmer ensemble, Tsu Fil Duvids! Social distancing and masks are required at this concert.Tsu Fil Duvids (Yiddish for “Too Many Daves”) is a klezmer ensemble based in central NJ with nine participating musicians, including clarinet, trumpet, violin, trombone, multiple keyboards, bass and percussion. The ensemble rarely performs with all nine, but they plan on doing so today!
The musicians at this performance will be: Clarinet Dave Goldfarb, Bass Dave Schiff, Piano Dave Schlossberg, Asher (Dave) Siebert on trumpet, Bill (Dave) Selden on accordion, Richard (Dave) Buchbinder on melodica and keyboards, Rob (Dave) Lowe on fiddle, Mike (Dave) Santoro on trombone, and Beverly (Davida) Novick on drums.
The group’s repertoire includes traditional tunes from Eastern Europe, American klezmer and Yiddish melodies. In addition to playing at simchas (Jewish celebrations), Tsu Fil Duvids has performed concerts at synagogues, JCCs, and college campuses in the tri- state area and has been heard at Limmud Learningfests in NY & Philadelphia, the Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, the Marasco Center in Monroe, the Rejoice Festival of Jewish Music in South Brunswick and the JetLAG Festival in the Catskills. The concert is weather permitting.

purple star for childrens eventEyes of the Wild

Educational & Entertaining Wildlife Program
Thu, June 24, 2021, 2:00 pm

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

green star for adult eventCrafternoons

Crafting for adults
Wed, June 23, 2021, 3:00 pm

Hey Adults! Tired of sitting at home crafting by yourself? Join us for an hour of camaraderie and fun while you work on your own projects. Show, tell and idea-swapping encouraged! Wednesdays at 1pm on Zoom Email Sherry Johnson at adultref@hpplnj.org for Zoom link & login information.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

For Sixth Grade and Up
Wed, June 23, 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

Next Chapter Book Club
Tue, June 22, 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 Tuesdays Outdoor In-Person

For Sixth Graders and Up
Tue, June 22, 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.

mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventPajama Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Mon, June 21, 2021, 7:00 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventKids Take and Make Pick-Up

For Grades Kindergarten-Fifth Grade
Mon, June 21, 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!

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventJuneteenth-A Virtual Celebration with Poetry, Music and People

Zoom Program
Fri, June 18, 2021, 2:00 pm

Join us for a joyous celebration of Juneteenth, A Day of Freedom! Poets Gretna Wilkinson and Jacquese Armstrong will read poems and musicians will play drums and Jazz pieces. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org for Zoom link and also if you would like to perform or read poems. All ages are welcome. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 814 […]

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventRaritan Valley Trombone Quartet

HPPL Mini Concert Series
Thu, June 17, 2021, 7:00 pm

The Raritan Valley Trombone from the Celebration Sounds Music Studio will perform a concert to get us in the mood for July Fourth, only weeks away! As well as playing contemporary music such as Simon and Garfunkle, sounds from the Jazz era, and a tribute to composer John Williams (Star Wars), they will play stirring […]

purple star for childrens eventIn Person Book Break

For Young Children and their Families
Thu, June 17, 2021, 2:00 pm

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

green star for adult eventOutdoor Crafternoons

Crafting for adults
Wed, June 16, 2021, 3:00 pm

Adults, Join us outside on the front lawn to create a painted masterpiece! Show, tell and idea-swapping encouraged! Wednesday at 1pm Email Sherry Johnson at adultref@hpplnj.org for more information.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

For Young Children and their Families
Wed, June 16, 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.