Past Events

July 2018 Events

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, July 19, 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, Meditation can help you live a healthier, happier life. Join us for future Meditation Circles on Thursdays, August 30, September 20, October 18, November 8, and December 13 at 7:00 PM. at 7:00 PM.

green star for adult eventFencer (Not Rated)

Friends of the Library International Festival
Tue, July 17, 2018, 6:30 pm

Fleeing from the Russian secret police because of his controversial past, a young Estonian fencer named Endel is forced to return to his homeland. He finds work as a teacher and starts a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion, fencing, which causes a conflict with the school’s principal. English/Finland. One hour, 39 minutes.

red star for teens eventGuitar Pick Jewelry

Teen Craft Afternoon
Tue, July 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

Create an awesome musical themed piece of jewelry out of a guitar pick!

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Tue, July 17, 2018, 11:30 am

Munch lunch while you listen to stories on the library’s back lawn. For children ages four to five years.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Tue, July 17, 2018, 10:30 am

Story time and craft for children two and three years old. Registration is required.

purple star for childrens eventDisney Sing-Along

For Children Ages Five and Up
Mon, July 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

Sing along to your favorite Disney songs, with Miss Karen. You will remember them from your favorite films!

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Open 10 to 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, July 14, 2018

Create a Simple Comic Book Character

Author Reading & Art Activity
Thu, July 12, 2018, 7:00 pm

Highland Park local Gianni Boy Vee will be presenting his children’s comic book, The Adventures of Bo Tanik #2. It was co-created with his friend, Bobby Castle. The authors will do a reading, answer questions and will show participants how to draw a simple comic character. Autographed posters and shots from the book will also be given away. Refreshments will be served. Suggested for grade school children and their parents.

musical note

purple star for childrens eventRock and Roll Crafts

For Children in Grades 1-5
Wed, July 11, 2018, 3:30 pm

Create a musical craft to take home. Registration is required. For children in grades 1-5.

green star for adult eventFantastic Woman (R)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, July 10, 2018, 6:30 pm

Marina, a trans woman and nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina is treated with suspicion by authorities and with disdain by his family. She is forbidden to attend his funeral and is thrown out of their apartment. Marina again must battle outside forces to become the woman she wants to be. Spanish/Chile, One hour, 44 minutes.

purple star for childrens eventPeter Rabbit (PG)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, July 10, 2018, 3:00 pm

Peter Rabbit is a Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden. The film stars the voice of James Corden as the title character. One hour, 30 minutes.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

For Children Ages Four and Five
Tue, July 10, 2018, 11:30 am

Munch lunch while you listen to stories on the library’s back lawn. For children ages four to five years.

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

Stories and a Craft
Tue, July 10, 2018, 10:30 am

Story time and craft for children two and three years old. Registration is required.

Indrani Choudhury painting

Artist Reception

Nature Around-New Works by Indrani Choudhury
Sun, July 8, 2018, 2:00 pm

Nature Around: New Works by Indrani Choudhury will be on display from Monday, July 2 in the meeting room. The community is invited to the art reception. Entirely self-taught, Indrani works solely in watercolors, transforming the medium beyond its typical constraints to produce the texture and richness of acrylics and oils. Her paintings include her local supermarket in New Jersey, her childhood home in Calcutta, and scenes from her international travels. In each painting she tries to express something specific – a particular color, the interplay of light and shade, a moment we see but never notice, or a memory she has carried since her childhood. Born in Calcutta, India, Dr. Indrani Choudhury was a biomedical research scientist for 25 years, in India and then in the US. She moved to New Jersey two decades ago, raised a family and worked for many years at UMDNJ.

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Open 10 to 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, July 7, 2018
U.S. American flag in a ball

Library Closed

Independence Day
Wed, July 4, 2018

June 2018 Events

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Open 10 to 2

Summer Saturday
Sat, June 30, 2018

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventBlacked Out

A film by Highland Park African American Project
Thu, June 28, 2018, 7:00 pm

Blacked Out is a film by The Highland Park African American Project. In the diverse, progressive town of Highland Park, NJ a disturbing piece of art is found in a primary school, and a group of student filmmakers try to solve the mystery of who created it and why it was allowed to be publicly displayed for almost forty years. The film was selected and recently shown at the Montclair Film Festival and the Harlem Film Festival.

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purple star for childrens eventMagic Show with Magician Joe Fischer

Summer Reading Club Kickoff
Wed, June 27, 2018, 1:00 pm

Joe Fischer, magician extraordinaire will leave you dazzled at our summer reading club kickoff. Join our summer reading program and earn prizes as you read. Each child will receive a summer reading club folder to track their progress. The program begins Monday, June 25 and ends Friday, August 25. The summer reading program is for children who are reading but everyone is invited to the magic show.

green star for adult eventThe Land Was Theirs (1993)

A Film About the New Jersey Chicken Farmers
Tue, June 26, 2018, 6:30 pm

The Land Was Theirs, set in New Jersey, is about Jewish farmers and their communities. It opens a window on the wider experience of immigrants who came to America in search of a better life and found it in the rural countryside. The new farmers, a minority group living in dynamic tension with the larger culture, managed to adapt to new lifestyles and conventions while maintaining their religious and cultural heritage. A surprising number of artists were raised on these farms and live in Highland Park and the surrounding community. The Highland Park Arts Commission will present this documentary film along with a panel including Marion Munk, Bill Giacalone, Phil Orenstein, and Ellen Rebarber.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, June 25, 2018, 7:30 pm

purple star for childrens eventLantern-Making ​for ​C​hildren

For children in grades K - 5th Grade
Sat, June 23, 2018, 1:30 pm

Angelina Shi, a student from the Hun School of Princeton, will teach children how to cut papers with different designs and then make lanterns for celebrating end of Spring. Angelina’s experience includes teaching children to make Chinese lanterns at Huaxia Edison Chinese School during celebration of Chinese New Year. The workshop is from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. For children in grades K – 5th grade. Registration is required.

green star for adult eventOrigami for Adults

Adult Craft Night Series
Thu, June 21, 2018, 6:30 pm

The kids are doing it and having fun, now it’s time for you to have your turn! Artist and teacher Shelley Phillips will demonstrate how to create origami works of art for adults. To register call the library at 732-572-2750 or visit the front desk.

book buddies

red star for teens eventBook Buddy Training

Teen Book Buddy Training
Thu, June 21, 2018, 1:30 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventA Wrinkle In Time (PG)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Wed, June 20, 2018, 1:00 pm

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. A Wrinkle in Time is a 2018 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle. The novel won the 1962 Newbery Medal. One hour, 44 minutes.

red star for teens eventMusic Trivia Competition

Teen Afternoon
Tue, June 19, 2018, 3:00 pm

Test your knowledge of music at this trivia competition complete with quiz game buzzers. You’ll have the chance to win prizes and have fun! Please arrive promptly at 3 pm to participate.

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventOutside Myself – Book Talk with Kristen Witucki

Author Talk with Kristen Witucki
Mon, June 18, 2018, 7:00 pm

Kristen Witucki, a Highland Park resident, will read from her first full-length YA novel, Outside Myself, which will appeal to both teenagers and adults. OUTSIDE MYSELF is a YA novel told from two perspectives — Tallie, a teen girl struggling to adjust to her blindness, and Benjamin, an older gentleman who works in a library for the blind. Each has a compelling story about negotiating the sighted world. Outside Myself is a novel about blindness and its confluence with race, religion, education, illness, friendship, and family in both separate and intersecting ways. Kristen Witucki has been totally blind since birth. She was raised in New Jersey. She earned a BA in English from Vassar College in 2004 with a minor in German and certification to teach students in grades 7-12. She followed up with three Masters degrees: an MA in teaching gifted students from Teachers College, Columbia University, (2006); an MFA in the creative writing of fiction from Sarah Lawrence College, (2008); and an Ed.M in teaching students who are blind or visually impaired from Dominican College, (2011).

green star for adult eventMeditation Circle

Meditation with Bobbie Ellis
Thu, June 14, 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 been teaching yoga, movement and embodied meditation for 32 years. Meditation can help you live a healthier, happier life.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, June 14, 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.

green star for adult eventKlezmer Concert with Tsu Fil Duvids (Too Many Daves)

Klezmer Concert
Tue, June 12, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tsu Fil Duvids (Yiddish for “Too Many Daves”) is a klezmer ensemble based in central NJ with nine participating musicians. The ensemble rarely performs with all nine. The ensemble is comprised of Dave Goldfarb on clarinet, Dave Schiff on Bass, Dave Schlossberg on piano, Rob (Dave) Lowe on violin, Asher (Dave) Siebert on trumpet, Bill (Dave) Selden on accordion, Richard (Dave) Buchbinder on melodica and keyboards, Mike (Dave) Santoro on trombone, and Beverly (Davida) Novick on drums. The group’s repertoire includes traditional tunes from Eastern Europe, American klezmer and Yiddish melodies. In addition to playing at simchas (Jewish celebrations), Tsu Fil Duvids has performed concerts at synagogues in the tri-state area and has been heard at Limmud Learningfests in NY & Philadelphia, the Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, the Marasco Center in Monroe, the Rejoice Festival of Jewish Music in South Brunswick and the JetLag Festival in the Catskills. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

red star for teens eventLip Sync Battle

Teen Afternoon
Tue, June 12, 2018, 3:00 pm

Sign up to take part in this lip sync showdown for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Performers will be judged on creativity, appearance (costume, props, stage presence), and actual lip sync ability. So pick your song, learn the words, and start practicing your routine! All performers must register in advance, but audience members may simply attend the day of the event.

Go Game

For Grades 1-5
Mon, June 11, 2018, 3:30 pm

Jessica Wu (Level 3 Dan) and Isaac Wu(Level 3 Dan), are Highland Park High School students and excellent Go players. They are sharing their skills 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. Today we will meet in the children’s room. The program will be from 3:30-4:30 PM.

green star for adult eventBlood Sugar Screening in the Meeting Room

Saint Peter's University Hospital Nurses
Thu, June 7, 2018, 6:30 pm

A team of nurses from Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Community Mobile Health Services will give blood sugar and blood pressure screenings at the library. The mobile team will be here between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM. Nurses will also answer your health related questions about heart disease, diabetes and stroke prevention.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, June 7, 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.

red star for teens eventJust Dance

Teen Afternoon
Tue, June 5, 2018, 3:00 pm

Keep your body moving and learn some new dance moves when you try out a dance game on the Kinect!

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventGo Game

For Children and Teens
Mon, June 4, 2018, 3:30 pm

Jessica Wu (Level 3 Dan) and Isaac Wu(Level 3 Dan), are Highland Park High School students and excellent Go players. They are sharing their skills 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 children and teens. The program will be from 3:30-4:30 PM.

green star for adult eventFundamentals of New Jersey Tax for Small Businesses and Online Businesses

Small Business Workshop
Mon, June 4, 2018, 10:00 am

This workshop will cover online businesses and New Jersey Tax. Information will include, taxability of products and services, sales inside and outside of New Jersey, 411 on shipping products, and collecting and reporting New Jersey Sales Tax.The workshop will also cover, information for small businesses including the taxability of products and services, and how to use New Jersey Exemption Certificates. Participants will also learn how to file sales tax and how to use tax returns. The workshop will run from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon.
Tiesha McCall and Solange Pimentel from Taxation University, the Training and Outreach Unit of the New Jersey Division of Taxation, will conduct this workshop. To register call 732-572-2750 or email sjohnson@hpplnj.org.

Our Mother and Grandmother was an Artist: Memorial Art Reception for Barbara Drach

Memorial Art Reception Sponsored by Drach-Weidmann Family
Sun, June 3, 2018, 2:00 pm

A Memorial Art Reception will be held for Barbara Drach in the meeting room from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Ever since the Artist Barbara Drach picked up a paint brush at the age of 18 and painted an Asian landscape, she never set her paint brush down. She painted the elevated trains in Manhattan and trolleys in the Bronx. She painted her children, her mother and her husband Murray Drach. Later she painted from the newspaper headlines that disturbed her. She painted her childhood street and she painted her Bronx neighborhoods as they burned. Barbara Drach painted births and she painted ships for her husband. In the center of her life and painting career, she painted 1445 Nelson Avenue, as she drove away from her childhood, only to return to it many times as she grew older. Join her family for this celebration of her life. Many thanks to Jean Kolva for her help and support throughout the planning of this exhibit. Many thanks to Jean Kolva for her help and support throughout the planning of this exhibit. The Art Reception is being sponsored by the artist’s family, Valeri and Richard Weidmann and Mitchell and Donna Drach, and the grandchildren, Max Darch Weidmann, Abigail Drach and Samantha Drach.

May 2018 Events

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, May 31, 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.

bird spring

purple star for childrens eventCancelled-Create a Bird’s Nest

After School Special
Thu, May 31, 2018, 3:30 pm

Enjoy a story and a craft. For children in kindergarten through second Grades.

red star for teens eventAfter School Games

For Teens
Tue, May 29, 2018, 3:00 pm

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

Library Closed

Memorial Day
Mon, May 28, 2018

Library Closed

Memorial Day Weekend
Sun, May 27, 2018

Library Closed

Memorial Day Weekend
Sat, May 26, 2018

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy

A Therapy Dog
Thu, May 24, 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.

purple star for childrens eventBook Break

Ages Four-Five years
Thu, May 24, 2018, 3:30 pm

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

purple star for childrens eventTNT (Twos and Threes)

For two and three year olds
Wed, May 23, 2018, 11:00 am

Stories, finger plays and art activity for children 2-3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Please register.

purple star for childrens eventNursery Rhyme Time

For Children 6-23 Months of Age
Wed, May 23, 2018, 10:15 am

Stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months of age accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

Library Board Meeting

Mon, May 21, 2018, 7:30 pm
Susan Roth

Library Closed

In Honor of Susan Roth
Sun, May 20, 2018