Past Events

April 2017 Events

Maria Gillan

green star for adult eventMaria Mazziotti Gillan

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, April 25, 2017, 7:00 pm

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of 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. She has published 18 books, including: What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 (Guernica Editions), The Place I Call Home and The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books), Ancestors’ Song (Bordighera Press), and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica). With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Visit her website at www.mariagillan.com.

red star for teens eventBlackout Poetry

Teen Afternoon
Tue, April 25, 2017, 3:00 pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month and create your own poem! Blackout poetry is when a poet takes a marker to already established text–like in a newspaper–and starts redacting words until a poem is formed.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Twos and Three Year Olds
Tue, April 25, 2017, 10:30 am

Stories, crafts, and songs for children ages 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, April 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

purple star for childrens eventCancelled-Perler Bead Craft

Craft for Children in 2-5 Grades
Mon, April 24, 2017, 3:30 pm

Make your own bead craft. Please Register. Grades 2-5. Please register.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventEarth Day Celebration @Eugene Young Environmental Education Center

From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sun, April 23, 2017, 11:00 am

The Earth Day Celebration is sponsored by Sustainable Highland Park and will be held at the Eugene Young Environmental Education Center located at 20 River Road in Highland Park. The event will be held from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventBefore The Flood (2016)

Earth Day Week Film
Thu, April 20, 2017, 6:30 pm

Before the Flood is a documentary that explores how climate change effects our environment. It also attempts to answer what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities. “Before The Flood is the product of an incredible three-year journey that took place with my co-creator and director Fisher Stevens,” Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the film’s producers, said. “We went to every corner of the globe to document the devastating impacts of climate change and questioned humanity’s ability to reverse what may be the most catastrophic problem mankind has ever faced”. Rated PG. One hour, 36 minutes.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Ages 4-5 years
Wed, April 19, 2017, 4:00 pm

Story, games, and craft for children four and five years old. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-23 Months of Age
Wed, April 19, 2017, 10:30 am

Rhymes, songs, and stories for our patrons 6-23 months of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

green star for adult eventLove and Friendship (2016)

Tue, April 18, 2017, 6:30 pm

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-law’s estate and while there is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica, and for herself naturally. This comedy is based on Jane Austin’s novella, Lady Susan. Rated PG. 1 hour, 32 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

red star for teens eventRecycled Craft: Rolled Magazine Art

Teen Craft Afternoon
Tue, April 18, 2017, 3:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day a few days early and make a beautiful work of art out of upcycled magazines!

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For two and three year olds
Tue, April 18, 2017, 10:30 am

Stories, crafts, and songs for children ages 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

magic hat

purple star for childrens eventTwilight Tales-Environmental Theme

Evening Family Story Time
Mon, April 17, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join us for a special environmental themed Twilight Tales. Little ones will learn about nature and our environment through stories, rhymes, songs, and craft at this evening story time! Suggested age is 3-5 years, but feel free to bring the whole family.

Easter-Library Closed

Sun, April 16, 2017

Good Friday-Library Closed

Christmas Day
Fri, April 14, 2017

green star for adult eventThe Publishing of a Novel

Author Tisha Bender
Thu, April 13, 2017, 7:00 pm

Tisha Bender, who has been teaching in the Rutgers Writing Program since 2004, published her first novel P.U.N.C.H. in 2015. P.U.N.C.H. explores every humorous facet of online university teaching. Tisha will talk about how she got the idea for her novel, how she went about writing it, and the steps she took to get her work published. If you have always wanted to write and publish a novel, Professor Bender will answer your questions. Born and raised in London, she attended the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics. Since coming to America she has taught in a number of universities including Cornell Off Campus College and the New School before teaching at the Rutgers Writing Program. Professor Bender has also published two editions of Discussion Based Online Teaching to enhance Student Learning.

Book Break - boy reading book

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Wed, April 12, 2017, 4:00 pm

Story, games, and craft for children four and five years old. Please register.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Toddlers 6 through 24 months
Wed, April 12, 2017, 10:30 am

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

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Two and Three Year Olds)

Two and three year old children
Tue, April 11, 2017, 10:30 am

Stories, crafts, and songs for children ages 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

green star for adult eventBlood Sugar and Blood Pressure Screening

Blood Pressure and Glucose Screening
Thu, April 6, 2017, 6:30 pm

The Rutgers North American Disease Intervention, NADI, focuses on raising awareness about diabetes and hypertension by providing free health screenings and preventative care education to the community. This evening they will provide blood pressure screening, blood glucose screening, body mass index calculation, stroke risk assessment. New Jersey medical students will conduct the testing and information in the meeting room from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Four and Five Year old Story Time
Wed, April 5, 2017, 4:00 pm

Story, games, and craft for children four and five years old. Please register.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

Babies 6 - 23 months
Wed, April 5, 2017, 10:30 am

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

green star for adult eventPoets of the Palisades II

A Reading by Six Poets
Tue, April 4, 2017, 7:00 pm

Six poets whose work appears in the major new anthology: META-LAND: Poets of the Palisades II will be reading at the Highland Park Library on Tuesday April 4 at 7 PM! Meta-Land, published by The Poets Press, assembles 121 works by 58 poets, arranged in 11 themed sections, as well as original artwork from the same community of artists and writers. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Poets reading at this event will include Paul Nash, John J. Trause, Denise La Neve, Juditha Dowd, Therese Halscheid, and David Messineo. All of the pieces that appear in the anthology are by authors who were featured in the on-going North Jersey Literary Series held at the Classic Quiche Café in Teaneck, New Jersey between 2010 and 2015. Viewed in geological time, poetry is a recent phenomenon, even in an ancient outcropping like the New Jersey Palisades. After five millennia of recorded history, toward the end of the 20th Century, writers begin to gather together, to coalesce in cafes, libraries and other literary watering holes upon or near the ancient basaltic fastness of the Palisades. This post-geological phenomenon has been collectively named “The Palisades Poetry Movement.” This new volume, Meta-Land, assembles 121 works by 58 poets, arranged in 11 themed sections. All of the pieces that appear in the anthology are by authors who were featured in the on-going North Jersey Literary Series held at the Classic Quiche Café in Teaneck, New Jersey between 2010 and 2015. This collection delves deeply into our ‘metaperceptions:’ how we see ourselves, the universe, and what we question, feel or think. Diverse voices that represent a modern world of both natural beauty and cosmopolitan sophistication explore the fundamental nature of reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason and mind. We find ourselves in a ‘Meta-Land,’ where symbols of symbols are nested like matryoshkas, and meaning’s reach extends past all horizons.

Everything, Everything Book Discussion

Teen Book Discussion
Tue, April 4, 2017, 3:00 pm

Read and discuss the book Everything, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon before the movie comes out next month! PLEASE REGISTER!!

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, April 4, 2017, 10:30 am

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

Friends of the Library Meeting

Help Plan the Book Sale
Mon, April 3, 2017, 7:00 pm

Join us for a meeting to plan the upcoming Spring book sale.

green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Diane Lockward

Write a Poem
Sat, April 1, 2017, 2:00 pm

Diane Lockward is the author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2013) and The Crafty Poet Poet II: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2016), and four full-length collections of poetry, most recently, The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement (Wind Publications, 2016). Her earlier books are , What Feeds Us, which received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and Eve’s Red Dress. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Against Perfection and Greatest Hits: 1997 – 2010. This afternoon she will give prompts and participants will write a few new poems.

March 2017 Events

green star for adult eventHearing Screening in the Meeting Room

Saint Peter's University Hospital Nurses
Thu, March 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

A team of nurses from Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Community Mobile Health Services will give hearing tests at the library. Please register for the five-seven minute hearing test. The mobile team will be here between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM. Nurses will also answer your health related questions.This program is a Part of the Highland Park Public Library’s Health and Wellness Series.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Wed, March 29, 2017, 4:00 pm

Story, games, and craft for children four and five years old. Please register.

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Our Youngest Patrons
Wed, March 29, 2017, 10:30 am

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

green star for adult eventPoet Maxine Susman

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, March 28, 2017, 7:00 pm

Welcome to the Spring Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series. We will have an open mic after our featured reader. Maxine Susman’s poems are about nature, art, history, and shifting states of body and mind. A long-time resident of Central Jersey who lived for 28 years in Highland Park, she taught literature and writing at Rutgers and at Caldwell University, and currently teaches poetry writing and short story courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Rutgers University (OLLIRU). Her work appears in The Healing Muse, Blueline, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Ekphrasis, Adanna, and other journals and anthologies. Recent awards include Third Place in the 2016 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention for the New Jersey Poets Prize, and the Marlene Pomper Teaching Award from OLLIRU. Maxine has published six chapbooks. Gogama tells the story of her father as a young doctor in the bush country of Northern Ontario during the Great Depression; Wartime Address is about a young British woman escaping from Occupied France. Provincelands, her new book (2016), is set among the dunes, beaches, and salt marshes of Outer Cape Cod. In her poetry she explores where and how feelings and ideas take form, sometimes in nature and sometimes in the human-made world.

red star for teens eventTeen Gaming Afternoon

Teen Games
Tue, March 28, 2017, 3:00 pm

Hang out with your friends after school. We’ll provide the games, snacks, and music!

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, March 28, 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, March 27, 2017, 7:30 pm
Penguins of Madagascar film

purple star for childrens eventPopsicle Stick Penguins

For Kindergarten through Second Graders
Mon, March 27, 2017, 4:00 pm

Penguin story and craft. Recommended for Kindergarten through Second graders.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Wed, March 22, 2017, 4:00 pm

Story, games, and craft for children four and five years old. Please register.

read books with librarian

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For six to 24 month olds
Wed, March 22, 2017, 10:30 am

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

green star for adult eventTheeb (2014)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, March 21, 2017, 6:30 pm

In the Ottoman Province of Hijaz, during World War I, a young Bedowin boy is forced to grow up quickly when he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. This adventure, drama, thriller from the United Arab Emirates is not rated. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

red star for teens eventDuct Tape Craft for Teens

Teen Craft
Tue, March 21, 2017, 3:00 pm

Make cool crafts using duct tape!

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Tue, March 21, 2017, 10:30 am

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

magic hat

purple star for childrens eventTwilight Tales

Evening Family Story Time
Mon, March 20, 2017, 6:30 pm

Enjoy listening to new stories and making a craft before bedtime. Recommended for ages 3-5 years of age.

purple star for childrens eventCartooning Workshop for Children

For Ages 6-11 Years
Sat, March 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

Nan Sun, an eleventh grader from Roselle Catholic High School, will teach basic cartooning. Nan has been drawing since she is 10 years old and is an expert in cartoon drawing. At a performance at Huaxia Edison Chines School, held to celebrate the 2017 Chinese New Year, two of her large cartoon roosters adorned the stage. The workshop is from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Registration is required.

green star for adult eventMeditation Cirlcle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, March 16, 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. Join us for future Meditation Circles Thursdays, February 23, March 16, April 27, and May 25.

red star for teens eventCancelled due to Snow: Pi Day–Celebrate with Pie

Teen Afternoon
Tue, March 14, 2017, 3:00 pm

Celebrate Pi Day and learn how to make a no-bake mini pie to eat. PLEASE REGISTER!

Library Closed-Due to Snow

Tue, March 14, 2017

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventCancelled–Chopin Meets Joplin Meets Gershwin

Pianist Roy Eaton
Thu, March 9, 2017, 7:00 pm

The concert will be rescheduled at a later time. Roy Eaton is a classical American pianist who won the first Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award. He made his concert debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Chopin’s F Minor Concerto. Roy Eaton’s return to the concert stage has been marked by an increasing focus on the spiritual dimension of music by composers as diverse as Chopin and Joplin. Writing on his first “Meditative Chopin” Alice Tully recital, Reporter Tim Page said in the NY Times: “The cumulative effect was deeply satisfying. One came much closer to the heart of Chopin and by extension, to music itself.” His Meditative Chopin I and II programs were both performed at Alice Tully Hall In Lincoln Center.
In 2010, Eaton was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame for his work as a copywriter and composer for the advertising companies, Young and Rubican and Benton and Bowles as well as for his own company, Roy Eaton Music Inc. If you were a child in the 1960s you might remember his jingles for Texaco and Beefaroni. He is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.
This concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Kenn Krasner photo

green star for adult eventKrasner Art Reception

Serenity Photography
Sun, March 5, 2017, 2:00 pm

An art reception will be held for the show Serenity: New Photos by Kenn Krasner on Sunday, March 5 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Meeting Room

February 2017 Events

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventBook Arts Workshop with Amee Pollack

Adults and Children 8 and up
Tue, February 28, 2017, 6:30 pm

Learn the basics of bookmaking by creating one structure called a “Concertina Flag Book” from start to finish in a two hour workshop with artist, Amee J. Pollack. Learn how to bind a book cover, fold an accordion or concertina page, and think about how image, text, structure work together to convey meaning and or tell a story. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. The workshop is for adults and for children 8 years and up. Materials will be provided for one book per participant. Feel free to bring any rubber stamps or collage materials to populate your book. Sponsored by the Highland Park Arts Commission and the Highland Park Public Library.
Amee J. Pollack is a book artist and collagist who earned her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelpia in 1994 and a fellowship from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her artists’ books and prints, published under “Spitz and Pollack”, are in over 50 permanent special collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (Smithsonian), New York Public Library Print Collection, The Getty, and Yale University. Currently she advises Visual Arts students at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, February 27, 2017, 7:30 pm

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, February 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

Do you want to have a better relationship with yourself? 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 Thursdays, March 16, April 27, and May 25.