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Newark Public Library announces April programs
March 24, 2008
Media only, please contact:
Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for April, including a major exhibition on Newark Airport’s 30th birthday, the Friends’ 17th Annual Book Sale, and the Create Your Own Book contest during National Library Week. 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 www.npl.org for adult programs and kidsplace.npl.org/calendar.html for children’s programs.

The library is mounting a major exhibition, entitled EWR Turns 80: A History of Newark Liberty International Airport, that will be installed on the second- and third-floor galleries of the Main Library from April 7 to June 14. This landmark show, curated by the library’s James Lewis, charts the history of Newark’s airport and the development of commercial aviation in New Jersey. From the beginning, Newark Metropolitan Airport, as it was first known, celebrated a myriad of firsts: It was the first commercial airport in the metropolitan area, boasted the first paved runway, the first weather tower, the first airport restaurant and the first illuminated runways for nighttime flights. Richard Koles, a professional photographer formerly with the Daily Journal in Elizabeth, has also lent his expertise in the development of the show. The exhibition was made possible by a grant from the Port Authority of NY and NJ.

On Monday, April 7 there will be an opening reception to inaugurate the exhibition. It will be held in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall, beginning 6:00pm. Please RSVP before March 28 by emailing rsvp@npl.org or calling 973-733-7793.

The Friends of the Newark Public Library will hold their 17th Annual Book Sale on Saturday, April 19, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Tuesday, April 22, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Thursday, April 24, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; and Saturday, April 26, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event will feature a wide selection of paperbacks and hardbacks—for children and adults—plus records, videotapes, cassette tapes, CDs, reference works, and posters. Most items are priced between fifty cents and two dollars each; admission to the sale is free. All proceeds from the sale will be used to support the library’s programs and collections. Those individuals and organizations wishing to help sort the book sale items before and/or during the sale should leave a message for Jerry Caprio by emailing friends@npl.org, or by calling the Library at 973-733-7793.

Children in grades Pre-K through 12 are invited celebrate National Library Week (April 13 to 19) by taking part in the library’s annual Create-Your-Own-Book contest that encourages them to express their natural creativity in writing. All entries must be completed on an official booklet that is available at any Children’s Room system wide. The deadline for submissions to the library is Wednesday, April 30. For complete contest guidelines visit any branch library or www.npl.org/Pages/KidsPlace/create.html.

Following is the April list of Programs at the Branches, an initiative funded by the Newark Public Schools.

First Avenue Branch Library, 282 First Avenue, 973-733-8091, Saturday, April 12, 11:00am, Storybook Puppet Theatre presents Daniel and the Wild Man. After stumbling into an enchanted river a young gardener discovers he can be a knight in shining armor. Join us on the journey of Daniel and the Wild Man and discover how true friendship can make all your wishes come true.

Springfield Branch Library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, Saturday, April 12, 11:00am, Fun on A String Puppets and Marionettes. Join Miss Penny as she uses puppets and marionettes to make you laugh. There will be many surprises and lots of fun as we meet some of her friends, including Twinkles, and Octavius the Octopus.

Branch Brook Branch Library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, Wednesday, April 16, 4:00pm, Piccirillo Scientelling presents Pirates, the Curse of the Mutating Hand. Experience the story of Hendricks the Hand, the most feared pirate of the seven seas, and his cursed mutating hand. Andrew Piccirillo uses the science of exploding bottles and mysterious liquids to tell this story.

Clinton Branch Library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754, Wednesday, April 23, 4:00pm, The Lizard Guys. Join The Lizard Guys for an exciting glimpse into the fabulous world of exotic animals, such as lizards, turtles, frogs, and a huge guest for the finale. You will learn many different facts about these animals, such as where they live and what they eat.

North End Branch Library, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683, Wednesday, April 23, 4:00pm, Piccirillo Scientelling presents Pirates, the Curse of the Mutating Hand. Experience the story of Hendricks the Hand, the most feared pirate of the seven seas, and his cursed mutating hand. Andrew Piccirillo uses the science of exploding bottles and mysterious liquids to tell this story.

Weequahic Branch Library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7752, Wednesday, April 23, 4:00pm, Storybook Puppet Theatre presents Mikaylee and the Huge, Gigantic, Enormous Boulder. The King has had it with his entire people thinking only of themselves, but what can he do? His clever daughter devises a plan that involves a bag of gold, a deep hole, and one huge, gigantic, enormous boulder in the middle of the road. Join us on this magical journey to find out how the king solves his problem.

Vailsburg Branch Library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7749, Friday, April 25, 4:00pm, Fun on A String Puppets and Marionettes. Join Miss Penny as she uses puppets and marionettes to make you laugh. There will be many surprises and lots of fun as we meet some of her friends, including Twinkles, and Octavius the Octopus.

Roseville Branch Library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, Saturday April 26, 11:00am, Storybook Puppet Theatre presents Daniel and the Wild Man. After stumbling into an enchanted river a young gardener discovers he can be a knight in shining armor. Join us on the journey of Daniel and the Wild Man and discover how true friendship can make all your wishes come true.

Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, Wednesday April 30, 4:00 pm, Piccirillo Scientelling presents Pirates, the Curse of the Mutating Hand. Experience the story of Hendricks the Hand, the most feared pirate of the seven seas, and his cursed mutating hand. Andrew Piccirillo uses the science of exploding bottles and mysterious liquids to tell this story.

On Saturday, April 19th, at 10:30 am, in the Main Library’s Auditorium, the Hooray for Children program series, which stages live performances by puppeteers, storytellers, magicians and theater groups, will present Save the Earth Magic Show. Celebrate Earth Day with George, the talking parrot, who will take the audience on a fun and magical journey to save the Earth and respect the environment. Visit wildlife throughout the world, from the rain forests to the oceans. For further information on this event, which is presented by Full Earth Productions, call 973-733-7797.

On Wednesday, April 16th, at 6:30 pm, in the Main Library’s Auditorium, the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which is dedicated to discussing books on the African Diaspora, will celebrate National Poetry Month with a program in memory of Sekuo Sundita and Yictove. For more information on the Society and its programs call 973-733-5411.

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, Blogging, Internet, Creating a Résumé). For more information on the calendar of classes for the month, please call 973-733-3603.

The library is offering American Sign Language (ASL) Classes for beginners—Levels I & II—on Saturdays, from April 12 to June 7. The classes will be held from 10:30am to noon in the Main Library’s James Brown African-American Room. For more information, please call 973-733-5411, or email lgreggs@npl.org or mgeorge@npl.org.

The library is holding Beginner and Intermediate Level ESOL Classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages) (En Espańol) on Wednesdays and Saturdays (also Tuesdays and Fridays at Van Buren Branch Library), from April 15 to June 28, at the Main Library and four branch libraries: Branch Brook, First Avenue, North End, and Van Buren. Registration is on the first day of class. Children 7 years and older may visit the Children’s Room while their parents attend these ESOL classes. For more information call 973-733-5412, 973-733-5411, or 973-733-7772.

The library is providing a venue for free 2007 “seniors” tax return service by representatives from the AARP. The public should call the AARP to make an appointment—not the library. For more information and to make an appointment call 973-761-6431. Representatives from the AARP will be at the library from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 3 and Thursday, April 10.

The Branch Brook Branch Library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, will celebrate teen authors on Thursday, April 17th at 3:00 pm. The program features books that were written when the authors were still in their teens, and will include the movie Eragon, which is based on the book by Christopher Paolini (written when he was 18 years old). Children are invited to celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a short poem on Wednesday, April 9th at 3:30 pm. Children can celebrate National Library Week on Wednesday, April 16th, at 3:30 pm, by making a sleek snake bracelet. Celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 21st, at 3:30pm, by making a bounce-back ball.

The Clinton Branch Library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7757, will present crochet and knitting classes on the first and third Wednesdays of each month through June. From 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm patrons will learn how to make scarves, hats, blankets, ipod and cell phone holders. In celebration of Earth Day, children of all ages may join in an animal craft activity—make a duck, frog, mouse, owl, and other forest and rainforest animals—on Tuesday, April 22nd at 3:00pm. Toddlers and preschoolers can celebrate National Library Week on Monday, April 14th at 10:00 am with a storytime that features books and libraries; and children of all ages can celebrate the event by making bookmarks of their favorite books and story characters on Friday, April 18th at 3:00 pm.

On Friday, April 25th at 3:00pm, the Main Library Children’s Room, 973-733-7797, invites children in grades 1 to 8 to play bingo.

During the period of April 1 - 8, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, the Roseville Branch Library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, invites children and teens to write poems dealing with April showers and Spring. The poems will be displayed in the form of a rain drop.

The Springfield Branch Library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, continues its free SAT Prep Classes on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 7 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am to 1 pm, through May 8, 2008. The Charles E. Thenen Foundation provided funding for these classes.

The Vailsburg Branch Library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, will hold Anime Night on the five Wednesdays in the month, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, that features samples from a variety of popular animated series and features. The program is ideal for those in grades 3 to 7. On the five Tuesdays in April, there will be strategy board and card games from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. And on the Fridays during the month, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, children may end their week with stories, arts and crafts, and games of a seasonal nature.

The Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will feature the paintings of Brazilian artist and Ironbound resident Marcos Antonio Mendonca through April in the branch’s Teen Center. On Saturday, April 5th at 11:00 am, Brazilian author Jocéli Meyer will discuss her guidebook covering everything and anything Brazilian immigrants will need to know about life in the United States. On the four Mondays in the month, at 4:00 pm, there will be a storytime for children aged 2 to 5. On Thursday, April 10th at 4:00 pm, there will be an arts & crafts for children aged 2 to 5 at which they will make their own flower with felt and cotton balls. Between Monday, April 13th and Friday, April 18th, one child (aged 8 to 12) each day will have the opportunity to be a children’s librarian after school. On Thursday, April 24th at 4:00 pm, children aged 2 to 5 may attend story hour, do finger plays, sing, and make a simple craft.

 

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