Past Events

November 2017 Events

green star for adult eventMaudie (PG-13)

International Film Festival
Tue, November 21, 2017, 6:30 pm

Maud, (Sally Hawkins) a bright-eyed intelligent woman, hunched and with hands disabled by arthritis, yearns to be independent from her overly protective family. She answers an advertisements for a housekeeper. Her employer is Everett (Ethan Hawke), a 40 year old cantankerous bachelor. She is a terrible housekeeper and spends most of her time painting. Over time, she wins his heart. Maud’s determination to paint, along with her partnership with Everett, blossoms into a career as a famous folk artist. Ireland and Canada/English. One hour, 56 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

purple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Grades 1-5
Mon, November 20, 2017, 6:30 pm

Jessica Wu, a highland Park High School student and a level 3 dan Go player, will teach Go at the library!Go is a popular East Asian strategy board game consisting of capturing soldiers, occupying territories, and battles of life and death! This introductory class will teach the basics of Go to students in grades 1-5. The program will be from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 Years
Fri, November 17, 2017, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is tenth 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.

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, November 16, 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 a future Meditation Circle Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 PM.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, November 16, 2017, 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. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Ages 4-5 years
Thu, November 16, 2017, 4:00 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Twos and Three Year Olds
Wed, November 15, 2017, 11:00 am

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

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-23 Months of Age
Wed, November 15, 2017, 10:15 am

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

red star for teens eventEarbud Holder Craft

Tue, November 14, 2017, 3:00 pm

Craft a no-sew earbud holder out of felt! Please register!!!

purple star for childrens eventGLOW at the Library

For Ages 3-5
Tue, November 14, 2017, 10:10 am

Students from Highland Park High School’s Glow program will lead children through a craft and movement activity. For ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Grades 1-5
Mon, November 13, 2017, 6:30 pm

Jessica Wu, a highland Park High School student and a level 3 dan Go player, will teach Go at the library!Go is a popular East Asian strategy board game consisting of capturing soldiers, occupying territories, and battles of life and death! This introductory class will teach the basics of Go to students in grades 1-5. The program will be from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventAfter School Specials-Candy Corn Flower

Kindergarten through Second Grade
Mon, November 13, 2017, 3:30 pm

Story and craft for grades kindergarten through second grade. Please register. Give in to your sweet tooth and create a fall flower using candy corn.

Veterans Day

Library Closed
Fri, November 10, 2017

green star for adult eventMacArthur’s Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II

Author Peter Eisner
Thu, November 9, 2017, 7:00 pm

Longtime journalist Peter Eisner’s MACARTHUR’S SPIES: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II (Viking) tells the incredible true story of the American civilians and soldiers who risked their lives to defy the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during the war. Tonight he will talk about this true story and how he discovered a long buried cache of documents at the National Archives, including Claire Phillips’s handwritten diary. Eisner tells the true story of three Americans who risked their lives to defy the Japanese occupation. The three, who might remind you of the fictional triangle from Casablanca are the real Claire Phillips, an American torch singer, Colonel John Boone, an enlisted American soldier who led a crafty insurgent force, and Chick” Parsons, an accomplished American polo player, expatriate in Manila, and Naval intelligence officer who coordinated guerilla efforts with the planned Allied invasion. Peter Eisner, a veteran foreign correspondent and political editor, has worked at the Washington Post, Newsday, and the Associated Press. Eisner is the former managing director of the Center for Public Integrity. He is the author or coauthor of five previous books, including The Pope’s Last Crusade, The Italian Letter, and The Freedom Line, winner of the Christopher Award. He will also answer questions and sign books that will be on hand to purchase.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, November 9, 2017, 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. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Book Break - boy reading book

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Thu, November 9, 2017, 4:00 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventCaptain Underpants (PG)

Afternoon at the Movies
Wed, November 8, 2017, 1:00 pm

Two students come up with an outrageous idea to hypnotize their principal and make him in to a super hero clad only in his underpants!Captain Underpants is so much nobler than Mr. Krupp, their principal. However, it doesn’t seem as if this ruse is going to last a long enough time and there may be […]

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For two and three year olds
Wed, November 8, 2017, 11:00 am

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

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Toddlers 6 through 24 months
Wed, November 8, 2017, 10:15 am

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

Election Day

Library Closed
Tue, November 7, 2017
Highland Park Public Library

Special Meeting- Library Board of Trustees

Mon, November 6, 2017, 7:30 pm

November 6 at 7:30 a special meeting of the Library Board of Trustees

purple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Grades 1-5
Mon, November 6, 2017, 6:30 pm

Jessica Wu, a highland Park High School student and a level 3 dan Go player, will teach Go at the library!Go is a popular East Asian strategy board game consisting of capturing soldiers, occupying territories, and battles of life and death! This introductory class will teach the basics of Go to students in grades 1-5. The program will be from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventChess Club for Children

For Children Ages 7-11 Years
Fri, November 3, 2017, 3:30 pm

Thomas Yang, will be teaching chess strategies while club members compete with each other. Thomas is a Highland Park High School tenth grader who tied for 4th in his age group at the 2016 World Open Chess tournament. Thomas’s experience includes teaching chess classes at the Huaxia Edison Chinese School.
For children ages 7-11. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventKeepsake Art Book Workshop with Amee Pollack

Adults and Children 8 and up
Thu, November 2, 2017, 6:30 pm

Learn the basics of bookmaking by creating one structure called a “Keepsake Book” from start to finish in a two hour workshop with artist, Amee J. Pollack. Learn how to bind a book cover, 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 Philadelphia 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. To register for the program go to, https://www.hpartscommission.com/workshops-arts-education/.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, November 2, 2017, 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. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Four and Five Year old Story Time
Thu, November 2, 2017, 4:00 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Wed, November 1, 2017, 11:00 am

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

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

Babies 6 - 23 months
Wed, November 1, 2017, 10:15 am

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

October 2017 Events

red star for teens eventAfter-School Games

Teen Afternoon
Tue, October 31, 2017, 3:00 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Grades 1-5
Mon, October 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

Jessica Wu, a highland Park High School student and a level 3 dan Go player, will teach Go at the library!Go is a popular East Asian strategy board game consisting of capturing soldiers, occupying territories, and battles of life and death! This introductory class will teach the basics of Go to students in grades 1-5. The program will be from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventAfter School Specials-Pony Bead Pumpkin

Kindergarten through Second Grade
Mon, October 30, 2017, 3:30 pm

Story and Craft for grades kindergarten through second grades. Please register. Create your own pony bead pumpkin.

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, October 26, 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 on Thursdays, October 26, November 16, and December 14, at 7:00 PM.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, October 26, 2017, 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. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Thu, October 26, 2017, 4:00 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Wed, October 25, 2017, 11:00 am

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

book benders

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Our Youngest Patrons
Wed, October 25, 2017, 10:15 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 Tina Kelley

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, October 24, 2017, 7:00 pm

Tina Kelley is the author of the poetry collections Abloom and Awry (CavenKerry Press, 2017), Precise, and the Gospel of Galore, winner of a 2003 Washington State Book award. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, and reported for the New York Times for 10 years, sharing a staff Pulitzer for 9/11coverage. She won the Jacar Press Chapman Competition. An open reading will follow the featured reader.

red star for teens eventMini Pumpkin Decorating

Teen Craft
Tue, October 24, 2017, 3:00 pm

Decorate a mini pumpkin! Let your creativity be the boss–make it cute, scary, or abstract!

Library Board Meeting

Mon, October 23, 2017, 7:30 pm

green star for adult eventBreast Cancer Awareness Talk

Breast Care Awareness Month
Thu, October 19, 2017, 7:00 pm

October is Breast Care Awareness Month. Join Jean Withers, RN, the Community Outreach Coordinator from JFK Medical Center, who will provide information to women and men on the importance of breast cancer screenings, healthy eating, and well being to prevent breast cancer. This talk is part of Highland Park Public Library’s Health and Wellness Series.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, October 19, 2017, 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. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children 4-5 Years of Age
Thu, October 19, 2017, 4:00 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For Two and Three Year Olds
Wed, October 18, 2017, 11:00 am

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

read books with librarian

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For six to 24 month olds
Wed, October 18, 2017, 10:15 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 eventTanna (Not Rated)

Interanational Film Festival
Tue, October 17, 2017, 6:30 pm

In one of the last traditional tribes in the South Pacific, a young girl falls in love with her chief’s grandson. Suddenly war escalates with their enemies and Wawa is betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by warriors of both tribes. With their lives on the line, the star crossed lovers must choose between their hearts and the peaceful future of their tribe.Australian/English film. Spoken language is Nauvhal. One hour, 44 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

purple star for childrens eventGlow at the Library

For Ages 3-5
Tue, October 17, 2017, 10:10 am

Students from Highland Park High School’s Glow program will lead children through a craft and movement activity. For ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventAfter School Specials-Fly Guy Day

Kindergarten through Second Grade
Mon, October 16, 2017, 3:30 pm

Story and Craft for grades kindergarten through second grade. Fly Guy Day is a celebration of Ted Arnold’s Fly Guy Series.

photo by Tom Maugham

green star for adult eventHighland Park Artists Collective

Artist Reception
Sun, October 15, 2017, 2:00 pm

Our Best Stuff, a new exhibit from the Highland Park Artist Collective, will be on display in the meeting room From October 1 through October 31. The group art show features paintings, drawings, prints, hanging sculpture, found art, and photography. An Art Reception will be held on Sunday, October 15 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.The following artists have contributed work to this exhibit: Bill Bonner, Lisa Cameron, Fred Cole, Lauren Curtis, Natalia Denissova, Mort Farrah, Phil George,
Bill Giacalone, Ruth Jansyn, Susan Lichtig, John Marron, Tom Maugham, Ann Parelius, Bob Parelius, E. Carol O’Neill, Ellen Rebarber, and Joanne Telemdschinow. All of the artists belong to the Highland Park Artist Cooperative. The group formed in 2008 so that local artists could work together to obtain display spaces and host exhibits throughout the borough as well as to help each other.

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventSunset Boulevard: A Staged Radio Play

A Raconteur Radio Production
Thu, October 12, 2017, 6:30 pm

RACONTEUR RADIO is presenting Sunset Boulevard, a staged radio play, starring Laurence Mintz and Jane Hardy. Alex Dawson is directing and has adapted the acclaimed Hollywood film and recent Broadway show. Who killed Joe Gillis? That’s right, folks, for one night only, Highland Park is Tinsel Town and the library meeting room is a “great white elephant of a house crumbling apart in slow motion” when Raconteur Radio presents their uniquely immersive take on this haunting and heartbreaking tale of old Hollywood. The lifeless body of struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis floats in the swimming pool of long-forgotten silent-film star Norma Desmond’s palatial mansion on Sunset Boulevard, as Joe narrates, in flashback style, the story of his becoming Desmond’s kept man and the events leading up to his own murder. This production features: Theatrical lighting, vintage commercials, golden Age radio equipment, period costumes, and extensive sound effects! The length is 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…a unique mash-up of old time radio and live theater” by the Home News Tribune, and “a radio show on steroids” by the Courier News.

red star for teens eventPancake Art

Tenn Craft
Tue, October 10, 2017, 3:00 pm

Create works of art you can eat! Please register!!!