Past Events

June 2017 Events

dog

green star for adult eventAsk the Dog Trainer

One on One with Kris Collins
Thu, June 22, 2017, 7:00 pm

dogBring your dog training questions to an expert! Kris Collins, a certified dog trainer, will answer your questions one on one! The private dog trainer has owned three dogs throughout his life. Animal behavior has always been a main interest as well as his love for animals. He worked two years for a dog daycare center and earned a degree from Animal Behavior College. “What I aim to do is train the dog and teach the human. Not just train the dog to know a few human words, but train then to enjoy performing the words on command as well as create a desire within them to want to learn more human commands. I aim to teach the human how to make the process fun and realistic for them and their pet, and also teach them how to continue training their dog into the future. So in short, I try to teach long term engagement between dog and human.” This talk is only for humans!

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.

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, June 8, 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 a future Meditation Circle on Thursday, August 24.

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.

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventIllusionist (Animated)

Friends International Film Series
Tue, May 23, 2017, 6:30 pm

Since magic tricks can’t compete with rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s, a French illusionist (Jean-Claude Donda) finds himself touring Scotland’s shabby pubs. Life brightens for him when he meets Alice, a girl who believes his powers are real. Together they travel to Edinburgh for a performance, but he doesn’t have the heart to reveal that his feats are merely tricks, and risks financial ruin by giving her gifts supplied by his magic. This English/French film was a 2011 Oscar nominee in the animated film category. One hour, twenty minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

red star for teens eventRelaxation and Coloring

Teen Craft
Tue, May 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Unwind after a hectic day at school with some soothing coloring, healthy snacks, and calm music!

Library Board Meeting

Mon, May 22, 2017, 7:30 pm

green star for adult eventHealth Fair with JFK Medical Center

Hospital Staff Will Answer Questions
Sun, May 21, 2017, 1:30 pm

JFK Medical Center staff will set up the following health stations to answer questions: Pharmacy, Sugar and Cholesterol screening, Physical Therapy, Breast Exam and Treatment Information, “Having the Conversation” Advanced Directive (Living Will), and Neurosciences-Stroke Prevention. The Health Fair will be held from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Each table will have medical staff to answer your questions.

Wanda Praisner

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tue, May 16, 2017, 7:00 pm

Wanda S. Praisner, a poet in residence for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, has published four collections of poems, 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 eventAfter School Games

Discover New Games
Tue, May 16, 2017, 3:00 pm

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

magic hat

purple star for childrens eventTwilight Tales

Evening Family Story Time
Mon, May 15, 2017, 6:30 pm

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

red star for teens eventMother’s Day Card Making

Teen Craft Afternoon
Thu, May 11, 2017, 3:00 pm

Create a beautiful card for your mom or mother figure!

books

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventFriends of the Library Book Sale

Books For All Ages
Sun, May 7, 2017, 9:00 am

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be from 9 AM to 5 PM. When the library is not open please enter on North Sixth Avenue. There will be books for every age and of every genre including bestsellers, mysteries, science fiction, and many non-fiction subjects such as gardening, cooking, history, biography and memoir. Funds will benefit library programming.

books

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventFriends of the Library Book Sale

Books For All Ages
Sat, May 6, 2017, 9:00 am

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held May 6 and May 7 from 9 AM to 5 PM. When the library is not open please enter on North Sixth Avenue. There will be books for every age and of every genre including bestsellers, mysteries, science fiction, and many non-fiction subjects such as gardening, cooking, history, biography and memoir. Proceeds will benefit library programming.

Please Donate Books for Friends Book Sale

Please Donate Books During Library Hours
Fri, May 5, 2017, 10:00 am

Books will be collected until 12 noon to give the Friends a chance to sort through them before the sale. Please stop donating at 12 Noon! All books are requested except for textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, and encyclopedias. Please do not drop off books when the library is closed. Proceeds from the sale will support library programs.

green star for adult eventPlease Donate Books to Friends Book Sale

Please Donate Books During Library Hours
Thu, May 4, 2017, 10:00 am

Books will be accepted Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5. All books are requested except for textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, and encyclopedias. Please do not drop off books when the library is closed. Proceeds from the sale will support library programs.

green star for adult eventPlease Donate Books For Friends Book Sale

Please Donate Books During Library Hours
Wed, May 3, 2017, 10:00 am

Books will be accepted Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5. All books are requested except for textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, and encyclopedias. Please do not drop off books when the library is closed. Proceeds from the sale will support library programs.

Please Donate Books for Friends of the Library Book Sale

Please Donate Only During Library Hours
Tue, May 2, 2017, 10:00 am

Books will be accepted Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5. All books are requested except for textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, and encyclopedias. Please do not drop off books when the library is closed. Proceeds from the sale will support library programs.

Please Donate Books to Friends of the Library Book Sale

Please Donate During Library Hours
Mon, May 1, 2017, 10:00 am

Books will be accepted Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5. All books are requested except for textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, and encyclopedias. Please do not drop off books when the library is closed. Proceeds from the sale will support library programs.

April 2017 Events

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, April 27, 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 a future Meditation Circle on Thursday, May 25.

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-24 Months of Age
Wed, April 26, 2017, 10:30 am

Stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-24 months of age accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

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.

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!

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.

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.