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Newark Public Library celebrates National Library Week, announces a host of April programs, and names winners of the New Jersey Devils Essay Contest
Press Release March 22, 2007
Media only, please contact:
Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798; dpapp@npl.org

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, will celebrate National Library Week (April 15 to 21) with a number of programs, highlighted by its annual "Create-Your-Own-Book" contest for children. Other April events include the Friends of the Newark Public Library’s 16th Annual Book Sale (on April 21st, 24th, 26th and 28th), and Saturday Programs @ the Branches. Additionally, it named the winners of the New Jersey Devils’ "Newark, Hockey and Me" essay contest for youngsters. All of the Library’s April events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the number listed with the program description, or visit the Library’s home page at www.npl.org for adult programs and kidsplace.npl.org/calendar.html for children’s programs.

Children in grades pre-K through 12 are invited to take part in the Library’s annual Create-Your-Own-Book contest that encourages them to express their natural creativity in writing. This year’s theme is Come together @ your library. All entries must be completed on an official booklet that will be available at any Children’s Room system wide. The deadline for submissions to the Library is Saturday, April 28. For complete contest guidelines visit www.npl.org/Pages/KidsPlace/create.html.

The following are additional programs in celebration of National Library Week.

The Branch Brook branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, (973) 733-6388, will hold an open house and tour of the branch on Tuesday, April 17, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

On April 14 (from 11:00 am to noon), and on April 16, 18 and 20 (from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm), the Roseville branch, 99 Fifth Street, (973) 733-7770, will present "Read! Read! Read!"”—a group reading time for children; children will also select a book to be read by library staff.

The Weequahic branch, 355 Osborne Terrace, (973) 733-7751, invites children (pre-K to grade 8) to the branch on Wednesday, April 18, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, to read aloud their favorite poems or books.

Following is the schedule of events from the Saturday Programs @ the Branches series of entertaining and educational children’s programs funded by the Newark Public Schools.

April 14 at 11:00 am, Branch Brook branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, (973) 733-6388: Fun on a String Puppets and Marionettes.
Join Miss Penny as she uses puppets and marionettes—including Twinkles, and Octavius the Octopus—to make the audience laugh.

April 14 at 11:00 am, Vailsburg branch, 75 Alexander Street, (973) 733-7755: Dr. Electro's Science Party. Join Dr. Electro in becoming a junior scientist. Help him perform experiments that will make products that you can touch and feel, even an experiment to make "slime."

April 14 at 11:00 am, Van Buren branch, 140 Van Buren Street, (973) 733-7750: Mr. Ray Show. Rock and roll with Mr. Ray as he sings awesome songs about being a dinosaur and Kalien the Alien, while playing his sticker-filled guitar.

April 21 at 11:00 am, North End branch, 722 Summer Avenue, (973) 733-7683: Fun on a String Puppets and Marionettes. Join Miss Penny as she uses puppets and marionettes—including Twinkles, and Octavius the Octopus—to make the audience laugh.

April 28 at 10:30 am, Clinton branch, 739 Bergen Street, (973) 733-7754: Curious George’s Mischievous Party. Join the Lady in the Yellow Skirt as she brings Curious George to life. Come see how much fun monkey business can be.

April 28 at noon, Madison branch, 790 Clinton Avenue, (973) 733-8090: Curious George’s Mischievous Party. Join the Lady in the Yellow Skirt as she brings Curious George to life. Come see how much fun monkey business can be.

April 28 at 11:00 am, First Avenue branch, 282 First Avenue, (973) 733-8091: The Lizard Guys. Join the Lizard Guys for an exciting glimpse into the world of exotic animals—such as lizards, turtles, frogs and a huge guest for the finale—while learning where they live and what they eat.

The following are additional programs to be held at various branches.

On April 4 and 11, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, the Roseville branch, 99 Fifth Street, (973) 733-7770, will show "Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy." This inspiring episode details what individuals can do for each other by lending a helping hand, and it notes the importance of fulfilling one’s dream no matter the obstacles. On April 25 and 27 (from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm) and April 28 (from 11:00 am to noon), the branch invites children of all ages for a reading time and to watch an educational film, The Berenstein Bears Learn About Strangers.

The Branch Brook branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, (973) 733-6388, invites mothers and babies (birth to 2 years) to meet and interact at its "Mommy-Baby Group" program on April 2 at 11:00 am. On Thursday, April 5, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, children are invited to make an Easter craft. On Wednesday, April 11, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the public is invited to share their favorite verse—even one self-written—at its Poetry Slam.

There will be a special multilingual concert by Rosewood and Rhythm, featuring Jeff Ausfahl, at two branch libraries: On April 4, at 4:30 pm, the North End branch, 722 Summer Avenue, (973) 733-7766, will host the event; the Van Buren branch, 140 Van Buren Street, (973) 733-7750, will present the concert on April 21 at 11:00 am. This world jazz trio presents pulsating, Spanish- and Brazilian-influenced music, with guitar, cello, and percussion, plus vocals in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

The Main Library’s Children’s Room, 5 Washington Street, (973) 733-7797, will present Día de los niños/Día de los Libros—Children’s Day/Books Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is the Library’s first "Dia" celebration, and it includes a computer class for parents and children, a book sale, crafts, and a performance by the children’s Peruvian folklore group Taky Llaqta. This year’s emphasis is how Hispanic parents have a positive role to play in helping their children become avid readers and competent producers and consumers of information.

The Friends of The Newark Public Library will hold their 16th Annual Book Sale in Centennial Hall (second floor of the Main Library, 5 Washington Street) on Saturday, April 21 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm), Tuesday, April 24 (10:00 am to 6:00 pm), Thursday, April 26 (10:00 am to 6:00 pm), and Saturday, April 28 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm). The sale features hardcover and paperback books, magazines, posters, records, CDs, and tapes for children and adults. All proceeds from the sale are used to support the Library’s programs and collections. Those individuals and organizations wishing to volunteer their time to help sort the materials before and during the sale may call the Library at (973) 733-7793 and leave a message for Jerry Caprio, or they may email him at friends@npl.org.

The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which discusses books on the African Diaspora, celebrates National Poetry Month when it presents guest poet Cuz’s on April 4 at 6:30 pm. The event also includes an open-mike segment and will be held in the James Brown African-American Room of the Main Library. For more information on the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society or this program, patrons may call the Library at (973) 733-5411.

On April 21 at 2:00 pm, the Hooray for Children program series presents Bob Conrad in Paws, Claws, Scales and Magical Tales. Take a magical journey to the Great Coral Reef in search of the mysterious angel fish; visit an extraordinary pet store that features a magical menagerie of puppets, ventriloquism, storytelling and balloon fun. The program will be held in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall.

Free computer classes—in English and Spanish—are being held in the Technology Training Center, which is located on the third floor of the Main Library. Class size is limited to ten participants. Some classes are designed for first-time computer users (Mouse Clinic, Typing), while others are for those with more computer literacy (Word Processing, Email, Internet, Creating a Résumé). For more information on the calendar of classes for April, please call (973) 733-3603, or visit www.npl.org/Pages/Computers/.

The Newark Public Library and the New Jersey Devils cosponsored an essay contest for Newark’s youth to promote hockey awareness in the community. The top three winners were Niruban Bahetharan, Daniel Gomes, and David Jarrett; Aijalon Williams received an honorable mention.

The Newark Public Library has mounted an exhibition, entitled The Irish in Newark and New Jersey, which is on view on the 2nd- and 3rd-floor galleries of the Main Library through May 11. This landmark cultural exhibition features the people, places and experiences of Irish life in New Jersey. Photographs, family histories, corporate studies, other memorabilia, and ephemera fill the two galleries. Dermot A. Quinn, Seton Hall University, is the guest curator; Brad Small, The Newark Public Library, is the curator. The show is cosponsored by the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, The Newark Public Library, and Msgr. William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University. The exhibition was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the exhibition, which is free and open to the public during library hours, call Brad Small at (973) 733-7776.

 

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