Past Events

October 2020 Events

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green star for adult eventCrafternoons

Wed, October 21, 2020, 3:00 pm

Hey Adults! Tired of sitting at home crafting by yourself? Join us for an hour of camaraderie and fun while you work on your own projects. Show, tell and idea-swapping encouraged! Wednesdays at 3pm on Zoom Email Sherry at adultref@hpplnj.org for Zoom link & login information.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventRescheduled Tommy Strazza Concert

Concert Rescheduled from Last Friday
Wed, October 21, 2020, 2:00 pm

We are presenting a socially distanced concert outside of the entrance of our building. Masks are required and so is social distancing. Please remain 6 feet away from other people while you enjoy the concert. The concert is weather permitting, and rain dates will be provided if necessary. Tommy Strazza has been a staple of the New Jersey music scene for the better part of the last decade as both a singer/songwriter and lead guitarist for several bands(Hey Bulldog, Okra Winfrey, G-Man Syndicate.) and solo artists (Anthony Walker, Anjelia, Emily Grove, and Michael Askin to name a few.). His last album “The Model Citizen L.P.” earned him a “Top Local Release” nomination at the 2010 Asbury Music Awards, and his guitar work earned him a “Top Guitarist” victory at the 2011 Asbury Music Awards.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

Stories with Miss Karen
Wed, October 21, 2020, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

red star for teens eventTeen Tuesdays Outside

For 6th Graders and Up
Tue, October 20, 2020, 3:30 pm

Teens meet on the front lawn with Miss Karen for games, crafts and other fun activities. Please wear a mask and social distance. Weather permitting.

mom child night reading

purple star for childrens eventPajama Storytime

For Young Children and Their Families
Mon, October 19, 2020, 7:00 pm

For young children and their families on Facebook Live. Enjoy stories before bedtime.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy Virtually

For Children Who Are reading
Mon, October 19, 2020, 3:30 pm

Children who are already reading can practice with Daisy, the library therapy dog. Contact Miss Karen at kmitchell@hpplnj.org to register for a Zoom session!

green star for adult eventCancelled Today-Book and Film Browsing for Adults

Browse Books and Films
Fri, October 16, 2020, 10:30 am

A selection of new books and movies will be available outside the 5th Avenue entrance for safe browsing & checkout.
Fridays 10:30 am – 12 pm. Please social distance and wear a mask.

green star for adult eventHPPL Virtual Art Exhibit

Photos of Thomas Maugham
Thu, October 15, 2020, 5:00 pm

Night and Day, our new photography, explores Veterans Memorial Bridge, which spans the Susquehanna River in Southern Pennsylvania, in all kinds of light. Thomas Maugham, who first picked up a camera while he was serving in the army, has since been using digital cameras and techniques he learned from observing the work of artists Georgia O’keeffe and Paul Gauguin.
This exhibit will be posted on the Library Virtual Art Gallery on Facebook beginning Thursday, October 15 at 5:00pm.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventOutdoor Book Browsing for Children and Teens

Select Your Own Books
Thu, October 15, 2020, 11:00 am

A selection of new books for children and teens will be available outside the 5th Avenue entrance for safe browsing & checkout Thursdays 10:30 am – 12 pm.
Please social distance and wear a mask.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

Stories with Miss Karen
Wed, October 14, 2020, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

Teen Tuesdays Outside

6th Graders and Up
Tue, October 13, 2020, 3:30 pm

Teens meet on the front lawn with Miss Karen for games, crafts and other fun activities. Please wear a mask and social distance. Weather permitting.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventSpook Handy Outdoor Concert

Folk Music Fun
Fri, October 9, 2020, 2:00 pm

Spook Handy is joining up for a Fall Concert that will keep our spirits up. Find a seat on our front lawn. Bring your own or use a library chair. Social distancing and masks are required. The folk guitarist and song writer blends blues, pop, Appalachian flavor and blue grass while telling the stories of people he has met along the way. Spook can be heard in venues of almost all stripes, from festivals and arts centers to senior centers and churches – from TV and radio to libraries and schools. With a simple Martin D-35 guitar, harmonica, his own voice and the voices of the audience, Spook presents concerts of good honest acoustic songs that are true to the spirit, passion of purpose of American folk music. He sings about the local Mom and Pop’s store, the widow of a soldier, the landscape of Montana, economic hardship, dogs with fleas, and so many other experiences that everybody can relate to in one way or another.

green star for adult eventBook and Film Browsing for Adults

Browse Books and Films
Fri, October 9, 2020, 10:30 am

A selection of new books and movies will be available outside the 5th Avenue entrance for safe browsing & checkout.
Fridays 10:30 am – 12 pm. Please social distance and wear a mask.

green star for adult eventOutdoor Writers’ Circle

Write A First Draft
Thu, October 8, 2020, 6:00 pm

Join our outdoor, socially distanced Writers’ Circle. Please wear a mask and we will provide poems and prompts to fuel 20-30 minutes of writing. Look for us at tables placed in front of the library entrance. No need to sign up. We invite new and old members of the circle. Get ready to write! The event is weather permitting, and rain dates will be provided if necessary.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventOutdoor Book Browsing for Children and Teens

Select Your Own Books
Thu, October 8, 2020, 11:00 am

A selection of new books for children and teens will be available outside the 5th Avenue entrance for safe browsing & checkout Thursdays 10:30 am – 12 pm.
Please social distance and wear a mask.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

Stories with Miss Karen
Wed, October 7, 2020, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

red star for teens eventTeen Tuesdays Outside

For 6th Graders and Up
Tue, October 6, 2020, 3:30 pm

Teens meet on the front lawn with Miss Karen for games, crafts and other fun activities. Please wear a mask and social distance. Weather permitting.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventFriday Afternoon Mini Concert Series

HP Middle, High School Concert
Fri, October 2, 2020, 2:00 pm

The Highland Park Middle/High School has graciously provided their student musicians to our Friday Afternoon Mini Concert Series. The student musicians are are members of the school bands and orchestras and are sharing their talents with the community! Daniel Martinho – violin, the Middle School/High School Orchestra Director will also be playing at the performance. The students are Kenneth Chao – viola (12th Grade), Gloria Sohn – violin (11th Grade), Halcyon Botvinick-Greenhouse – violin (10th Grade), Christine Chen – violin (10th Grade), and Victoria Sohn – cello (8th Grade) Gwyneth Gherzan – violin (10th grade), Bernadette Bedford – viola (11th grade), and Jacob Sohn – cello (6th grade). The students have all been playing in the Highland Park Public School System since 4th grade. Please continue to wear a mask and social distance. Please remain 6 feet away from other people while you enjoy the concert. The concert is weather permitting.

green star for adult eventBook and Film Browsing for Adults

Browse Books and Films
Fri, October 2, 2020, 10:30 am

A selection of new books and movies will be available outside the 5th Avenue entrance for safe browsing & checkout.
Fridays 10:30 am – 12 pm. Please social distance and wear a mask.

green star for adult eventVirtual Book Discussion

Book Discussion
Thu, October 1, 2020, 7:00 pm

Join Highland Park Public Library for a Virtual Book Discussion of Book of Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma on Thursday, October 1st at 7pm Register and receive the Zoom link by emailing Sherry at adultref@hpplnj.org Unlimited ebook copies will be available September 14-28 on elibrarynj, or you can request a physical copy of the book […]

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventOutdoor Book Browsing for Children and Teens

Select Your Own Books
Thu, October 1, 2020, 11:00 am

A selection of new books for children and teens will be available outside the 5th Avenue entrance for safe browsing & checkout Thursdays 10:30 am – 12 pm.
Please social distance and wear a mask.

September 2020 Events

green star for adult eventCrafternoons

Adult crafting
Wed, September 30, 2020, 3:00 pm

Hey Adults! Tired of sitting at home crafting by yourself? Join us for an hour of camaraderie and fun while you work on your own projects. Show, tell and idea-swapping encouraged! Wednesdays at 3pm on Zoom Email Sherry at adultref@hpplnj.org for Zoom link & login information.

Virtual Storytime

Virtual Storytime with Miss Karen
Wed, September 30, 2020, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Reading Group
Tue, September 29, 2020, 7:00 pm

The Library has offered a community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for several years. We have recently transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. While this group is currently closed if there is interest we can look into adding a new group. Contact Sherry Johnson at […]

red star for teens eventTeen Tuesday Outside

For Sixth Graders and Up
Tue, September 29, 2020, 3:30 pm

Teens meet on the front lawn with Miss Karen for games, crafts and other fun activities. Please wear a mask and social distance. Weather permitting.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventFriday Afternoon Mini Concert Series

Magnolia Street String Band
Fri, September 25, 2020, 2:00 pm

We are presenting a socially distanced concert outside of the entrance of our building. Masks are required and so is social distancing. Please remain 6 feet away from other people while you enjoy the concert. The concert is weather permitting, and rain dates will be provided if necessary. The Magnolia Street String Band is five-piece […]

green star for adult eventOutdoor Book Browsing for Adults

Adult book Browse
Fri, September 25, 2020, 10:30 am

Adult book browse A selection of new books for adults will be available outside the 5th Avenue entrance for safe browsing & checkout Fridays 10:30 am – 12 pm. Please social distance and wear a mask.

green star for adult eventHPPL Virtual Art Gallery

Thomas Maugham
Thu, September 24, 2020, 5:00 pm

Thomas Maugham began photographing 40 years ago while he was in the U.S. Army. He was trained in the military and then returned to using a Canon Digital Camera when he retired. He began his own self training by studying the work of Ansel Adams George Lepp, Galen Rowell, John Shaw, and painters such as Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keefe. Recently he has been photographing flowers, the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania sunsets and barns.
This exhibit will be posted on the Library Virtual Art Gallery on Facebook beginning Thursday, September 24 at 5:00pm.

green star for adult eventCrafternoons

Adults Crafting
Wed, September 23, 2020, 3:00 pm

Hey Adults! Tired of sitting at home crafting by yourself? Join us for an hour of camaraderie and fun while you work on your own projects. Show, tell and idea-swapping encouraged! Wednesdays at 3pm on Zoom Email Sherry at adultref@hpplnj.org for Zoom link & login information.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

Virtual Storytime with Miss Karen
Wed, September 23, 2020, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Reading Group
Tue, September 22, 2020, 7:00 pm

The Library has offered a community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for several years. We have recently transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. While this group is currently closed if there is interest we can look into adding a new group. Contact Sherry Johnson at […]

red star for teens eventTeen Tuesday Outside

For Sixth Grade and Up
Tue, September 22, 2020, 3:30 pm

Teens meet on the front lawn with Miss Karen for games, crafts and other fun activities. Please wear a mask and social distance. Weather permitting.

purple star for childrens eventRead to Daisy Virtual Program

Read to a Therapy Dog
Mon, September 21, 2020, 3:30 pm

Children who are already reading can practice with Daisy, the library therapy dog. Contact Miss Karen at kmitchell@hpplnj.org to register for a Zoom session!

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventFriday Afternoon Mini Concert Series

Spook Handy Reunion Concert
Fri, September 18, 2020, 2:00 pm

Spook is back for another reunion concert at the library This fall, he is joining us to perform at our Friday Afternoon Outdoor Mini Series. We are presenting a socially distanced concert outside of the entrance of our building. Masks are required and so is social distancing. Please remain 6 feet away from other people while you enjoy the concert. The concert is weather permitting, and rain dates will be provided if necessary. The folk guitarist and song writer blends blues, pop, Appalachian flavor and blue grass while telling the stories of people he has met along the way. Spook can be heard in venues of almost all stripes, from festivals and arts centers to senior centers and churches – from TV and radio to libraries and schools. With a simple Martin D-35 guitar, harmonica, his own voice and the voices of the audience, Spook presents concerts of good honest acoustic songs that are true to the spirit, passion of purpose of American folk music. He sings about the local Mom and Pop’s store, the widow of a soldier, the landscape of Montana, economic hardship, dogs with fleas, and so many other experiences that everybody can relate to in one way or another.

green star for adult eventOutdoor Book Browsing for Adults

Adult book Browse
Fri, September 18, 2020, 10:30 am

Adult book browse A selection of new books for adults will be available outside the 5th Avenue entrance for safe browsing & checkout Fridays 10:30 am – 12 pm. Please social distance and wear a mask.

green star for adult eventOutdoor Writers’ Circle

Write a Poem
Thu, September 17, 2020, 6:00 pm

Join our outdoor, socially distanced Writers’ Circle. Please wear a mask and we will provide poems and prompts to fuel 20-30 minutes of writing. Look for us at tables placed in front of the library entrance. No need to sign up. We invite new and old members of the circle. Get ready to write! The event is weather permitting, and rain dates will be provided if necessary.

green star for adult eventHPPL Virtual Art Gallery

The Painting Life of Barbara Drach
Thu, September 17, 2020, 5:00 pm

Barbara Drach (1929-2017) was an artist who worked on her art for more than seven decades. Her most inspired work was of her own family members and urban settings. She painted trolley cars that traveled through the Bronx, her neighborhood streets, many of its occupants, and children playing in alleyways. She lived in Highland Park for six years and exhibited at the library several times. Her family held a memorial art exhibit for her in 2018. This exhibit will be posted on the Library Virtual Art Gallery on Facebook beginning Thursday, September 17 at 5:00pm.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventOutdoor Book Browsing for Children and Teens

Teens and Children's Books
Thu, September 17, 2020, 10:30 am

A selection of new books for children and teens will be available outside the 5th Avenue entrance for safe browsing & checkout Thursdays 10:30 am – 12 pm.
Please social distance and wear a mask.

green star for adult event**SPECIAL!- Crafternoon

Adults Crafting
Wed, September 16, 2020, 3:00 pm

Join us for this special edition of Crafternoons where we will be doing a project together.  Email Sherry at adultref@hpplnj.org to register, schedule a supply pickup and for the Zoom link. Wednesday at 3pm on Zoom

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

Vrtual Story Time with Miss Karen
Wed, September 16, 2020, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Reading Group
Tue, September 15, 2020, 7:00 pm

The Library has offered a community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for several years. We have recently transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. While this group is currently closed if there is interest we can look into adding a new group. Contact Sherry Johnson at […]

red star for teens eventTeen Tuesdays Outside

For Sixth Grade and Up
Tue, September 15, 2020, 3:30 pm

Teens meet on the front lawn with Miss Karen for games, crafts and other fun activities. Please wear a mask and social distance. Weather permitting.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Read to Daisy Program

Read to a Therapy Dog
Mon, September 14, 2020, 3:30 pm

Children who are already reading can practice with Daisy, the library therapy dog. Contact Miss Karen at kmitchell@hpplnj.org to register for a Zoom session!

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventgreen star for adult eventFriday Afternoon Mini Concert Series

Tommy Strazza, Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist
Fri, September 11, 2020, 2:00 pm

We are presenting a socially distanced concert outside of the entrance of our building. Masks are required and so is social distancing. Please remain 6 feet away from other people while you enjoy the concert. The concert is weather permitting, and rain dates will be provided if necessary. Tommy Strazza has been a staple of the New Jersey music scene for the better part of the last decade as both a singer/songwriter and lead guitarist for several bands(Hey Bulldog, Okra Winfrey, G-Man Syndicate.) and solo artists (Anthony Walker, Anjelia, Emily Grove, and Michael Askin to name a few.). His last album “The Model Citizen L.P.” earned him a “Top Local Release” nomination at the 2010 Asbury Music Awards, and his guitar work earned him a “Top Guitarist” victory at the 2011 Asbury Music Awards.

HPPL Virtual Art Gallery

Nine Local Artists
Thu, September 10, 2020, 5:00 pm

Bill Bonner from the the Highland Park Artist’s Collective assembled the work of nine local artists, including William (Bill) Giacalone, who died earlier this year. The other artists represented in this virtual exhibit are Ellen Rebarber, Fused Glass and Fused Gass 2; Joann Telemdschinow, Landscape in Purple; Thomas Maugham, Irises and Sky; Fred Cole, Matador and Sailboat; Mort Farrah, Storytime; Lauren Curtis, She; Larry McCandlish, Emerald Lake; and John Marron, Ocean Volcano Vent #1.
This exhibit will be posted on the Library Virtual Art Gallery on Facebook beginning Thursday, September 10 at 5:00pm.

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventOutside Book Browsing for Children and Teens

Outside the Library
Thu, September 10, 2020, 10:30 am

A selection of new books for children and teens will be available outside the 5th Avenue entrance for safe browsing & checkout Thursdays 10:30 am – 12 pm.
Please social distance and wear a mask.

green star for adult eventCrafternoons

Adults crafting
Wed, September 9, 2020, 3:00 pm

Hey Adults! Tired of sitting at home crafting by yourself? Join us for an hour of camaraderie and fun while you work on your own projects. Show, tell and idea-swapping encouraged! Wednesdays at 3pm on Zoom Email Sherry at adultref@hpplnj.org for Zoom link & login information.

purple star for childrens eventVirtual Storytime

Virtual Storytime with Miss Karen
Wed, September 9, 2020, 10:30 am

Miss Karen leads young children in storytelling, singing, and playing through Facebook Live each Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Although the target age is 2-5 years, all ages have been enjoying Miss Karen’s real time animated reading of stories.

green star for adult eventNext Chapter Book Club

Reading Group
Tue, September 8, 2020, 7:00 pm

The Library has offered a community-based book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for several years. We have recently transitioned to an online format and are meeting on Tuesdays via Zoom. While this group is currently closed if there is interest we can look into adding a new group. Contact Sherry Johnson at […]