Past Events

November 2018 Events

Library Closed

Veteran's Day
Mon, November 12, 2018

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 years old
Fri, November 9, 2018, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is an eleventh grader who tied for the 3rd place in U1400 and was the 1st place winner in U1300 at the 2017 World Open (chess tournament). Please go to http://chessevents.com/2017/07/world-open-2017-standings-under-1400-section/ for the details of the standing in the 2017 World Open (chess tournament, where all sections consist of players of female and male in all ages. There is no age group at all. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School. For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

purple star for childrens eventDaisy is Back

A Therapy Dog
Thu, November 8, 2018, 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.

Book Break - boy reading book

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For children 4-5 years old
Thu, November 8, 2018, 3:45 pm

Creative drama, stories and art activities for children four and five years old. Please register.

red star for teens eventAfter-School Games for International Games Week

Teen Games Afternoon
Wed, November 7, 2018, 3:00 pm

Celebrate International Games Week and hang out with your friends and play some games. We’ll provide the snacks!

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventHotel Transylvania 3

After School Movie
Wed, November 7, 2018, 1:00 pm

Join us for an after school movie, snacks and fun!Count Dracula and company participate in a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family. Rated PG One hour, 37 minutes.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Wed, November 7, 2018, 11:15 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children two and three years old. Registration is required.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Toddlers 6 through 23 months
Wed, November 7, 2018, 10:30 am

Mother Goose comes alive with rhymes, songs, musical instruments and stories for babies 6 – 23 Months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

Library Closed

Election Day
Tue, November 6, 2018
mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventTwilight Tales

For Families with children 3-5 years of age
Mon, November 5, 2018, 6:30 pm

Enjoy stories before bedtime! Recommended for families with children ages 3-5 years. Pajamas are optional.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 years
Fri, November 2, 2018, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is an eleventh grader who tied for the 3rd place in U1400 and was the 1st place winner in U1300 at the 2017 World Open (chess tournament). Please go to http://chessevents.com/2017/07/world-open-2017-standings-under-1400-section/ for the details of the standing in the 2017 World Open (chess tournament, where all sections consist of players of female and male in all ages. There is no age group at all. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School. For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

poetry pen

green star for adult eventWriters’ Circle

A Monthly Gathering to Write Poetry and Prose
Thu, November 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a group that will meet monthly to write poems and prose. Participants will read and talk about poems and then write a first draft. Childhood will be November’s theme to write about. Bring a photo or an object that connects you to childhood. The workshop will run from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. To register call 732-572-2750.

purple star for childrens eventDaisy is Back

Read to Daisy The Therapy Dog
Thu, November 1, 2018, 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.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Thu, November 1, 2018, 3:45 pm

Creative drama, stories and art activities for children four and five years old. Please register.

October 2018 Events

TNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Wed, October 31, 2018, 11:15 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children two and three years old. Registration is required.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

Babies 6 - 23 months
Wed, October 31, 2018, 10:30 am

Mother Goose comes alive with rhymes, songs, musical instruments and stories for babies 6 – 23 Months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

red star for teens eventMini Pumpkin Decorating

Teen Craft
Tue, October 30, 2018, 3:00 pm

Decorate your own mini pumpkin at this fun after-school craft program! Please register to ensure you receive a pumpkin!

red star for teens eventEscape the Room

Teen Program
Mon, October 29, 2018, 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 and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

magic hat

purple star for childrens eventMagic of Recycling

Magician Bill Kerwood
Sun, October 28, 2018, 2:00 pm

Magician, Bill Kerwood will present this very special and interactive magic show about the 4Rs of recycling. Recommended for families with grade school children.

green star for adult eventLiving Our Later Years Well

Social Worker Tammy Russ Fishbane
Thu, October 25, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tammy Russ-Fishbane, LCSW, will talk about planning for aging. Some of the topics she will cover will include getting help at home, moving to a new home, driving, and safety concerns. For elder care givers, she will also cover what to do when families disagree, and how to maintain independence and safety simultaneously for aging parents. Bring your questions

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Thu, October 25, 2018, 3:45 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventFrankenstein Day

After School Specials
Wed, October 24, 2018, 3:15 pm

Celebrate the 200th year anniversary of the creation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! Please register.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Wed, October 24, 2018, 11:15 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children two and three years old. Registration is required.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

Ages 6-23 Months
Wed, October 24, 2018, 10:30 am

Mother Goose comes alive with rhymes, songs, musical instruments and stories for babies 6 – 23 Months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

green star for adult eventElizabeth Pallitto and Enriqueta Carrington on “Fortune’s Fool”

Poetry Night Series
Tue, October 23, 2018, 7:00 pm

Elizabeth Pallitto and Enriqueta Carrington will be reading translations and original poetry on Fate and Courtly Love. Poems to be read include sonnets by 16th-century Italian poet Tullia d’Aragona and 17th-century Mexican poet Juana Inés de la Cruz. Pallitto and Carrington will also read their own original poems.
Pallitto’s poems have appeared in The North American Review, Hybrido: Arte y Cultura, Litspeak, Foolscap and elsewhere. Her translations — from the Italian and Turkish — are published in Philosophical Forum, Forum Italicum, Absinthe) and books: A New Map: The Poetry of Migrant Writers in Italy (NY: Legas, 2011); Aeolian Visions/Versions (W. Sussex: Milet, 2014). She has translated the poems in Sweet Fire: Tullia d’Aragona’s Poetry of Dialogue (NY: Braziller, 2007). Having taught at universities in New York and Istanbul, and now teaches at Olli_RU and runs local creative writing workshops.
Carrington’s poems in English and Spanish, as well as her poetry translations from the Spanish and Sicilian, have appeared in Rattapallax, Blue Unicorn, 14 by 14, The New Formalist, The Society of Classical Poets Journal, Descant (Canada), and in several other journals and anthologies. Her translation into Spanish of Charlotte Brontë’s last narrative fragments is about to appear. Her translation into English of the sonnets and autobiographical prose of Juana Inés de la Cruz has received the support of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been translator or co-translator of four novels, and a short story collection that have all been recently published. Enriqueta has also published several books of poetry in translation, including Treasury of Mexican Love Poems, Quotations & Proverbs (Treasury of Love series, Hippocrene Books, New York: 2003), Samandar Libro de Viajes/Book of Travels by Lourdes Vázquez (Editorial Tsé-Tsé, Buenos Aires, Argentina: 2007), Cibeles que sueña, a cartonera book by artist Yarisa Colón, She was so Naked, also by Lourdes Vázquez (Premonition Press: 2015), and One Farewell May Hide Another, by the Israeli poet Mois Benarroch (CreateSpace: 2017).

red star for teens eventSkill Toys

Teen Craft
Tue, October 23, 2018, 3:00 pm

Play with popular skill toys including the diabolo, flower sticks, yo-yo, and kendama. You will even have the chance to make your own! Space is limited and registration is required.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, October 22, 2018, 7:30 pm

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Bobbie Ellis, Soma Center
Thu, October 18, 2018, 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. Join us for future Meditation Circles on Thursdays, November 8, and December 13 at 7:00 PM.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Thu, October 18, 2018, 3:45 pm

Creative drama, stories and art activities for children four and five years old. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Wed, October 17, 2018, 11:15 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children two and three years old. Registration is required.

read books with librarian

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For 6 to 23 month olds
Wed, October 17, 2018, 10:30 am

Mother Goose comes alive with rhymes, songs, musical instruments and stories for babies 6 – 23 months accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

green star for adult event13 Minutes (Rated R)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, October 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

In November of 1939, George Elser’s attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic actions. German. One hour, 54 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

red star for teens eventMake Your Own Playdough

Teen Craft
Tue, October 16, 2018, 3:00 pm

Learn how to cook up your own playdough complete with seasonal scents!

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventFRANKENSTEIN! IT’S ALIVE! A Staged Presentation

Raconteur Live Radio Play
Mon, October 15, 2018, 7:00 pm

Two centuries ago, a teenage genius created a monster that still walks among us. Few creatures have seized readers’ imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished “wretch” of Mary Shelley’s Modern Prometheus. The story of Victor Frankenstein’s terrible creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled readers, listeners, and viewers for generations. Considering the novel’s enduring success, it’s remarkable it began as a mere whim of Lord Byron, who, along with Mary and her then lover, Percy Shelley, was summering on the shores of Lake Geneva, “We will each write a ghost story,” Byron announced to his friends, when continued rains kept them indoors. At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on a ‘ghost story’ that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history.
WITH: Period costumes! Theatrical lighting! Vintage commercials! Golden Age radio equipment! Fog effects! And, of course, extensive sound effects!
RUN TIME: 55 minutes.
RACONTEUR RADIO: stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature/film, and pop culture parodies for live audiences at traditional and improvised venues throughout the Tri-State area. They’ve been called “family friendly guerrilla theater” by the New York Times, one of “the 7 best things to do in NJ” by the Newark Star-Ledger, “innovative and entertaining,” by the Home News Tribune, and “a radio show on steroids,” by the Courier News. As well as “epic!” by Lev Grossman (of Time Magazine), “amazing!” by Kyle Hartzell (of NPR), “dazzling!” by Megan Ryan (of wNYC), “spellbinding!” by Tom Lynch (of Theatre World), “awesome!” by Stephen Segal (of Weird Magazine & Geek Wisdom), “thrilling!” by Barry Monush (of The Museum of Television & Radio), and “outstanding!” by Lee Pfeiffer (of Cinema Retro Magazine). For more info, visit www.RaconteurRadio.com
WAIT, WHAT IS THIS? A radio play or audio narrative, what some call an “ear movie,” is a story told through dialogue, sound effects, and music. We add costumes, colored spots, a fatboy Elvis mic, and, sometimes, a fog machine and/or a strobe light, then perform it for live audiences at a range of traditional and improvised venues throughout the Tri-State area.

green star for adult eventMedicare Workshop

The Answers to Most Asked Questions
Thu, October 11, 2018, 6:30 pm

The subject of Medicare can sometimes be confusing. This workshop presented by Robyn Stewart 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 908-532-4606. The program is not connected with or endorsed by the United States government or the Federal Medicare program.

green star for adult eventDecoding the Weather Machine

A NOVA Film About Climate Change
Tue, October 9, 2018, 6:30 pm

We have witnessed on the news the recent disastrous hurricanes, widespread droughts and wildfires making it hard not to conclude that something is up with the weather. The vast majority of scientists agree that the pervasive heat and extreme rainfall is not a coincidence. Learn the science behind Climate Change during this two hour NOVA documentary that will cut through the confusion and define a way forward. Here are some of the questions that scientists from around the globe will answer: Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing and that human activity is the cause? How will climate change affect us through the weather we experience, and when? What will it take to bend the trajectory of planetary warming toward more benign outcomes?

red star for teens eventCraft Wars

Teen Craft
Tue, October 9, 2018, 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. Winners will receive prizes!

Library Closed

Columbus Day
Mon, October 8, 2018

green star for adult eventArt Reception for Kenn and Mary Krasner

Photograhpers Kenn and Mary Krasner
Sun, October 7, 2018, 2:00 pm

Husband and wife photographers Ken and Mary Krasner will be exhibiting, Stalking Wild Photos, in the meeting room and Main Hall Display Case from October 2 through October 31. An art reception will be held for the photographers on Sunday, October 7 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

green star for adult eventInner and Outer Weather: A Poetry Writing Workshop with Maxine Susman

Write Your First Draft
Thu, October 4, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tap your creative energy and see where it leads with a workshop with a focus on nature and the environment. We will begin by reading a published poem together, then use artifacts, wordplay, and brainstorming to spark ideas and imagination as a springboard for writing new poems. There will be a stretch of quiet writing time, followed by the opportunity to share your poem with the group. Open to all levels from experienced poets to those giving it a first try.
Maxine Susman writes about nature and the environment, art, personal history, and shifting states of body and mind. She has published six chapbooks, most recently Provincelands (2016), set on Cape Cod. Her poems appear in Fourth River, Ekphrasis, Blueline, Adanna, Paterson Literary Review, The Healing Muse, Presence, and elsewhere. Recent awards include Third Place in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest and Honorable Mention for the New Jersey Poets Prize, and finalist for the Letheon Contest of Anesthesiology. 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 Marlene Pomper Teaching Award. She is a member of the Cool Women Poets ensemble, and lived for many years in Highland Park. T

red star for teens eventAfter School Games

Tue, October 2, 2018, 3:00 pm

Hang out with your friends and play some games; we’ll provide the snacks!

September 2018 Events

Wanda Praisner

green star for adult eventPoetry Night Series – Wanda S. Praisner

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tue, September 25, 2018, 7:00 pm

Wanda S. Praisner, a poet in residence for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, has published five collections of poems, To Illuminate the Way (2018), Natirar (2017), Where the Dead Are (2013), On the Bittersweet Avenues of Pomona (2006), and A Fine and Bitter Snow (2003). She has been a featured reader at the Governor’s Conference on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Her work appears in Confrontation, Lullwater Review, New York Magazine and Slant. An open mic and book signing will follow the reading.

red star for teens eventDIY Bath Bombs

Teen Craft
Tue, September 25, 2018, 3:00 pm

Learn how to make fragrant and relaxing bath bombs that will fizz up your bath water.

Rev Up Your Day with Plant Based Super Foods

Sue Rose, Vegetarian Lifestyle Coach
Mon, September 24, 2018, 7:00 pm

Sue Rose has been a vegetarian for over 40 years. A vegetarian diet that is high in plant-based whole foods has many health benefits including more energy and increased stamina. The talk will cover basic nutrition needs and how to add more nutrient dense foods to your daily menu. Handouts will include recipes. Sue has been cooking and studying nutrition with an emphasis on plant-based whole foods and recently completed a course in Plant Based Nutrition from E-Cornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She enjoys cooking for family and friends and creating recipes that are quick and easy to make. Since retiring from a senior executive position in Sales & Marketing from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, she has conducted numerous talks and workshops around the world on the vegetarian lifestyle and is co-editor of a cookbook called Veggies & You.

green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Nikki Stiller

Write a Poem
Sat, September 22, 2018, 1:30 pm

Nikki Stiller is author of five books of poetry: Notes of a Jewish Nun, On Both Frontiers, Burial Ship, My Own Afghanistan, and My Mother Did Not Like to Hug-New and Selected Poems.Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Home Planet News, Primavera, Response, Mainstream, Lilith, and Poetry New York. She has taught at Hunter College, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Baruch College and for many years at the New Jersey Institute of New Jersey where she won two teaching awards. Each participant will leave with the first draft of a poem.

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Bobbie Ellis from the Soma Center
Thu, September 20, 2018, 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. Join us for future Meditation Circles on Thursdays, October 18, November 8, and December 13 at 7:00 PM.

red star for teens eventDuct Tape Back-to-School Crafts

Teen Craft
Tue, September 18, 2018, 3:00 pm

Learn how to make a duct tape pencil pouch and bookmarks for the new school year!

Library Board Meeting

Mon, September 17, 2018, 7:30 pm

green star for adult eventJacqueline Baker Art Reception

In the Meeting Room
Sun, September 9, 2018, 2:00 pm

Jacqueline Baker paints to honor her mother, Patricia Viola Baker, her closest friends and singers who have inspired her. She paints from life and she paints with an inner eye to capture the spirit of her subjects. Baker, a Highland Park artist and teacher will exhibit Our Spirit Rises: New Works by Jacqueline Baker from September 6 through September 30 at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue. . An art reception will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the meeting room. Her sculptures and photographs will be featured in the Main Hall Display case through September 30.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventKids Choice Movie

Movie
Thu, September 6, 2018, 1:00 pm

It is the kids chance to vote on what movie they want to see.   Visit the reference desk any time this week or email sjohnson@hpplnj.org to cast your vote for what movie we are showing on Thursday September 6th at 1pm. Despicable Me 3 Early Man Rock Dog Sherlock Gnomes Join us at 1pm on […]