Past Events

July 2017 Events

purple star for childrens eventA Better World Naturally-With Live Animals

Meet Rescued Animals
Wed, July 26, 2017, 1:30 pm

Join Eyes of The Wild and their amazing rescued animals for a discussion about a future that can and should include the beautiful creatures and habitats we share this world with. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

green star for adult eventLion (PG-13)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tue, July 25, 2017, 6:30 pm

When Saroo Brierley was five years old, he got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or even recall the name of his home town or last name, he survived alone on the rough streets of Calcutta. Ultimately he is transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. This is the true story of his adult search for his family from India. Australian. Two hours.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventBox Trolls (PG)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, July 25, 2017, 3:00 pm

Subterranean trolls raise an orphaned boy, whom helps them fightback against an evil exterminator and make peace with an upper-crust town known for its cheeses. Rated PG, one hour, 40 minutes.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Ages Three-Five years
Tue, July 25, 2017, 11:30 am

Bring a bag lunch to the library, and listen to stories on the back lawn while you munch lunch.
In case of inclement weather we will gather in the meeting room.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, July 25, 2017, 10:30 am

Stories, crafts, songs, and rhymes for children two and three years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, July 24, 2017, 7:30 pm
simple machines

purple star for childrens eventEngineering for Kids

Children in Grades 2-5
Mon, July 24, 2017, 3:30 pm

Children will construct a power boat, marble run and lunar lander. A special robotics session is also planned. Registration is required. Friends of the Library

sun

Open 10 – 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, July 22, 2017

purple star for childrens eventBuild With Roominates

Children in 2-5 Grades
Thu, July 20, 2017, 6:30 pm

Create structures using Roominates. Registration is required and space is limited. For grades 2-5. Registration is required.

Book Buddies

Thu, July 20, 2017, 3:30 pm

Reading encouragement class Pre-registration required

purple star for childrens eventOrigami Workshop for Children

Ages Seven years and Up
Wed, July 19, 2017, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, a 1oth grader at Highland Park High School, will teach origami to children ages seven and up. Please register.

green star for adult eventOur Little Sister (PG)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tue, July 18, 2017, 6:30 pm

Three sisters live together in the city of Kamakura, Japan. When their father, absen from the family for the last fifteen years, dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy, younger half sister. Bonding with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings. Japanese.Two hours, eight minutes.

card making

red star for teens eventPaint Chip Cityscapes

Teen Art Afternoon
Tue, July 18, 2017, 3:00 pm

Create beautiful works of art with simple everyday supplies!

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Three-Five years
Tue, July 18, 2017, 11:30 am

Bring a bag lunch to the library, and listen to stories on the back lawn while you munch lunch.
In case of inclement weather we will gather in the meeting room.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, July 18, 2017, 10:30 am

Stories, crafts, songs, and rhymes for children two and three years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

lego pieces

purple star for childrens eventBuild It Crafts

For children in grades K-2.
Mon, July 17, 2017, 6:30 pm

Enjoy a story and build a craft. Registration is required.

simple machines

purple star for childrens eventEngineering for Kids

Children in Grades 2-5
Mon, July 17, 2017, 3:30 pm

Children will construct a power boat, marble run and lunar lander. A special robotics session is also planned. Registration is required. Friends of the Library

sun

Open 10 – 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, July 15, 2017

purple star for childrens eventMr. Ray Concert

Family Concert
Thu, July 13, 2017, 6:30 pm

Rock on with Mr. Ray at the library. A family concert recommended for families of preschool – 2nd grade children. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

purple star for childrens eventBook Buddies

Book Buddies
Thu, July 13, 2017, 3:30 pm

Reading encouragement class   Pre-registration required

red star for teens eventParacord Survival Bracelets for Operation Gratitude

For Teens
Wed, July 12, 2017, 3:00 pm

Help make bracelets for Operation Gratitude to include in each of their care packages going to deployed troops overseas, to new recruits graduating from Boot Camp, to veterans here at home, and to first responders aiding in emergency situations! The bracelet gives the person wearing it 7.5 feet of paracord to use in an emergency. The bracelets also let our heroic service men and women know we care and appreciate them.

green star for adult eventMan Called Ove (PG-13)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tue, July 11, 2017, 6:30 pm

Ove is the block’s grumpy old man who enforces strict neighborhood rules and whom everybody avoids. On an ordinary day, all that changes when a new family moves in next door and accidentally backs into Ove’s mailbox. An unexpected friendship blooms from the accident! Swedish. One hour, 56 minutes.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventWall-E (G)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, July 11, 2017, 3:00 pm

A lonely waste management robot with only a cockroach for a friend finds true love with another robot sent on a mission to Earth to see if it is safe for human life. Rated G, One hour, 28 minutes.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Three-Five Year Old Children
Tue, July 11, 2017, 11:30 am

Bring a bag lunch to the library, and listen to stories on the back lawn while you munch lunch.
In case of inclement weather we will gather in the meeting room.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, July 11, 2017, 10:30 am

Stories, crafts, songs, and rhymes for children two and three years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

simple machines

purple star for childrens eventEngineering for Kids

Children in Grades 2-5
Mon, July 10, 2017, 3:30 pm

Children will construct a power boat, marble run and lunar lander. A special robotics session is also planned. Registration is required. Friends of the Library

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Open 10 – 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, July 8, 2017

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventBag It : A Film Screening and Discussion

A Sustainable Highland Park Program
Thu, July 6, 2017, 7:00 pm

Sustainable Highland Park received a $10,000 Grant to reduce plastic bag usage in the borough. Tonight they are featuring the film Bag It and a discussion after the film. Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes, disposable bags that they throw away without much thought. But where is “away?” Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to the environment, marine life and human health?
Some more facts about plastic bag usage:

• 5 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year (http://www.theworldcounts.com/counters/waste_pollution_facts/plastic_bags_used_per_year)

• One bag is used on average for 20 minutes before it is disposed of

• It takes about 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose

• Only about 1% of plastic bags are recycled

• 100 million barrels of oil are used each year to produce plastic bags worldwide

• Most plastic bags end up in waterways, landfills and littering our landscapes

• More than 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed yearly by ocean debris

Please join with Sustainable Highland Park in our efforts to raise awareness to the harmful effects of plastic bags and to reduce the use of plastic bags in our town.

fireworks

Closed

July 4th Holiday
Tue, July 4, 2017
sun

Open 10 – 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, July 1, 2017

June 2017 Events

purple star for childrens eventThe Juggling Hoffmans

Summer Reading Club Kick-Off
Thu, June 29, 2017, 2:00 pm

Get a game board and join the Summer reading Club. The hilarious Juggling Hoffmans will have you astounded as they balance and juggle various objects. Audience participation is encouraged. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

clef

purple star for childrens eventSummer Sing Along for Children

Ages 2-5 years
Wed, June 28, 2017, 10:30 am

Join us for a Summer Sing Along with Neil Fein. For children ages two to five years.

space duel

red star for teens eventGaming with the Xbox Kinect

Teen Gaming
Tue, June 27, 2017, 3:00 pm

Keep your body moving this summer! Come learn some new moves and try out a dance game on the Kinect!

magic hat

purple star for childrens eventClean Community Magic Show

Magician Bill Kerwood
Tue, June 27, 2017, 10:30 am

Magician, Bill Kerwood will present this very special and interactive magic show about recycling and keeping the earth clean. Provided by the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management.

green star for adult eventArt Reception

Artists Coleen Tyler and Marcia Shiffman
Sun, June 25, 2017, 2:00 pm

The meeting room at the Highland Park Public Library will feature through the month of June 2017, Recent Photographs and Prints: Coleen Tyler and Marcia Shiffman. An art reception will be held for the artists on Sunday, June 25 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Coleen Tyler has been working with black and white film and her subjects include portraits and landscapes. Marcia Shiffman has been working on lithographs, etchings, and silkscreen related to memory.

sun

Open 10 – 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, June 24, 2017

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

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, June 20, 2017, 1:00 pm

When their village is invaded by the grumpy Bergens, two mismatched friends must work together in perfect harmony to save the day. Rated PG, One hour, 32 minutes.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, June 19, 2017, 7:30 pm

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventCommunity Blood Drive

In the Meeting Room
Thu, June 15, 2017, 12:00 pm

New Jersey Blood Services is conducting a life saving blood drive at the library from 12 noon to 6:00 PM. Anyone in good health, 17 years and older, weighing at least 110 pounds can help save lives. This blood drive will help patients in our area hospitals during the critical summer season when supplies are low. To register please call 732-572-2750.

book buddies

red star for teens eventBook Buddy Training

Teen Book Buddy Training
Wed, June 14, 2017, 3:00 pm

If you are planning on being a teen Book Buddy volunteer, you must attend this important training session.

red star for teens eventRed Cup Building Challenge

Teen Challenge
Tue, June 13, 2017, 3:00 pm

Can you build a tower of 10 red cups without touching the cups with your hands?? Teams will be given string, rubber bands, straws, and cotton balls to complete this task. The team who completes the task the fastest is the winner!

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventCollege Savings Talk for Parents

Teen Parent Talk
Mon, June 12, 2017, 7:00 pm

Adam Burton, a financial advisor from Edward Jones Investments will discuss questions to consider as you establish a college savings goal as well as strategies to help you reach your goal.

red star for teens eventStop Motion Animation

Teen Workshop
Tue, June 6, 2017, 3:00 pm

Learn how to create a short film using the stop motion animation technique!

green star for adult eventTry A Pod: An Introduction to Podcast Listening

Introductory Lecture on Podcasts
Mon, June 5, 2017, 7:00 pm

Podcast listening is becoming more popular every year, don’t feel left out. Jennifer Larsen, a librarian from Sayreville Public Library, will walk you through the basics of using a “podcatcher” and becoming a podcast listener. She will give recommendations of podcasts to get you started. At the end of the program you will be able to answer the following questions. What is a podcast? Why should I listen to podcasts? How can I listen to podcasts? This is an introductory lecture, please do not bring your device.

green star for adult eventPhysco Jihad – Book Talk

Author Dexter Marks
Thu, June 1, 2017, 7:00 pm

Author Dexter Marks was born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. He was educated at City College of New York and the University of Chicago. He teaches literature and writing in New Jersey. In his espionage novel, Physco Jihad, Africa is never as it’s imagined. Dexter will talk about writing and publishing his new book. Misunderstanding it is always dangerous and sometimes fatal, and Mr. Banks, newly hired covert operative, will need to learn about Africa on the job—before it’s too late. But it does not begin auspiciously: “We don’t like Americans no more,” the kid says.… And then it gets worse: Gangs? Gangs in back country Africa? How bad could that be? “They all carried Kalashnikovs. The boy came closer to Banks, looking up at him slightly. ‘We are Psycho Jihad boys, yo,’ he said. And he leaned slightly into Banks’ chest, nudging him.” And then things really started going downhill: A budding insurgency, his home and place of work reduced to smoldering ashes, accidentally hitching a ride with a suicide truck bomber….

May 2017 Events

Closed

Memorial Day
Mon, May 29, 2017

Closed

Memorial Day Weekend
Sun, May 28, 2017

Closed

Memorial Day Weekend
Sat, May 27, 2017

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

Afternoon at the Movies
Fri, May 26, 2017, 1:30 pm

Enjoy an animated family comedy. In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same. With the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarland. One hour, 48 minutes.

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, May 25, 2017, 7:00 pm

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 teaching yoga, movement and embodied meditation for 31 years. Meditation can help you live a healthier, happier life.