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Library announces February programs
Press Release January 22, 2007
Media only, please contact:
J. Dennis Papp
(973) 733-7798; dpapp@npl.org

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its February schedule of programs, including its "Saturday Programs at the Branches" project for which the Newark Public Schools has provided the funding. Additionally, other February events that had previously been announced may be found on the Library’s Web site: for those in celebration of Black History Month visit www.npl.org/Pages/ProgramsExhibits/PressReleases/PR_BHM07_122106.html; for a listing of other events visit www.npl.org/Pages/ProgramsExhibits/PressReleases/PR_BHM07_122906.html.

For more information on the following programs, all of which are free and open to the public, call the number listed with the program description or visit the Library’s home page at www.npl.org for adult programs and www.npl.org/Pages/KidsPlace/calendar.html for children’s programs.

The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society program will take place on February 7 and be held in Centennial Hall of the Main Library, beginning at 6:30pm. It will be a staged reading of The Amen Corner by James Baldwin, a play about the soul and songs of Black people, which features Pearl Hale and Company. For more information about the program, or about the Society itself, call the Library’s James Brown African-American room at 973-733-5411.

The Hooray for Children event will feature Joy Kelly in "Storyjourney." Through story and song, Ms. Kelly will take the audience in a journey all over the world, discovering such marvels as the magic of the Amazon River and the power of fire and water in China. The program will be held on the 24th in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall, and begin promptly at 2:00pm.

Two exhibitions continue on view at the Main Library through March 3. The one on the second-floor gallery is in celebration of Black History Month and is entitled The Creativity and Imagination of African American Women Writers in New Jersey. Its inspiration is the national and state award-winning book, African American Women Writers in New Jersey, 1836-2000: A Biographical Dictionary and Bibliographic Guide (Rutgers University Press), by Sibyl E. Moses, Ph.D., who is also the guest curator. For more information call the James Brown African-American room at 973-733-5411. The show on the third-floor gallery is A Salute to GRAD Associates: One Hundred Plus One; and A Selection of Great Books on Architectural History. As one of the city’s most successful architectural firms, it has a unique record of accomplishment for public and commercial structures of recognized distinction. The curator is William J. Dane, the Library’s Keeper of Prints and Posters and Works of Art on Paper. For more information, call Mr. Dane at 973-733-7745.

The "Saturday Programs @ the Branches" events will take place on February 3 and 17.

February 3 at 11:00am, Weequahic branch library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751: Raps, Rhymes and Reasons featuring Sharon McGruder. Celebrate the richness of African American traditions as Sharon McGruder combines movement, songs and real life experiences with a variety of African tales, myths and stories.

February 3 at 11:00am, Branch Brook branch library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388: African and African American Folktales with Julie Pasqual. Celebrate African American traditions with dynamic storyteller Julie Pasqual as she brings to life a variety of African and African American folktales, myths and stories, including Anansi the Spider, The Clever Turtle, and Brer Rabbit.

February 3 at 11:00am, Madison branch library, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090: Veona Thomas’ Tell Me a Story. Join us on a journey through Native American, African and African American traditions. Veona Thomas will use puppets, props, instruments, call and response, sign language, the language of each culture, and singing to bring the audience to other parts of our world.

February 3 at 11:00am, Van Buren branch library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750: Dr. Electro’s Science Party. Join Dr. Electro as he invites the audience to become a junior scientist. Help him perform experiments that will make products you can touch and feel.

February 3 at 11:00am, Roseville branch library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770: Musical Legends presents The Fire Children. Discover the story of the Fire Children as Lauren Hooker of Musical Legends brings to life this exciting, musical rendition of an African creation myth celebrating the earth and people of many different shades and colors. The audience will join in through movement, games, songs and African dance, transforming into part of the program.

February 17 at 11:00am, First Avenue branch library, 282 First Avenue branch library, 973-733-8091: Veona Thomas’ Tell Me a Story. Join us on a journey through Native American, African and African American traditions. Veona Thomas will use puppets, props, instruments, call and response, sign language, the language of each culture, and singing to bring the audience to other parts of our world.

February 17 at 11:00am, Clinton branch library, 739 Bergen Avenue, 973-733-7754: Musical Legends presents the Fire Children. Discover the story of the Fire Children as Lauren Hooker of Musical Legends brings to life this exciting, musical rendition of an African creation myth celebrating the earth and people of many different shades and colors. The audience will join in through movement games, songs and African dance, transforming into part of the program.

February 17 at 11:00am, Springfield branch library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736: Raps, Rhymes and Reasons featuring Sharon McGruder. Celebrate the richness of African-American traditions as Sharon McGruder combines movement, songs and real life experiences with a variety of African tales, myths and stories.

February 17 at 11:00am, North End branch library, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683: African and African American Folktales with Julie Pasqual. Celebrate the richness of African American traditions with dynamic storyteller, Julie Pasqual, as she brings to life a variety of African and African American folktales, myths and stories, including Anansi the Spider, The Clever Turtle, and Brer Rabbit.

Several branch libraries will hold other programs during the month.

On February 10 at 11:00am, the Clinton branch, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754, will celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday when penny facts, customs, and traditions will be shared. A President Lincoln mobile will be made. On the 21st, at 3:30pm, the branch celebrates Washington’s Birthday when children will make a spiral depicting the life of President George Washington. On the 14th, at 3:30pm, children are invited to make a colorful Valentine's Day card.

The Main Library Children’s Room, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797, will hold two craft programs: On February 6 at 3:30pm, children are invited to match up biographies and portraits in a Black History Month quiz; on February 13 at 3:30pm, children will make their own dragon in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The North End branch, 722 Summer Street, 973-733-7683, will hold a Valentine’s Day activity on the 8th at 3:30pm that includes decorating cookies and creating greeting cards. The branch will celebrate Presidents’ Day with an arts & crafts program on the 15th at 3:30pm.

The Branch Brook branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, will hold three diverse programs in February. On the 5th at 11:00am, mothers and babies (birth to 2 years) are invited to meet and interact. Celebrates Valentine’s Day by making a special card or a heart puppet on the 7th from 4:00 to 5:30pm. From February 1 through 16, children can "read for chocolate." Those aged 7 and older will be rewarded with a Hershey’s chocolate kiss when they read one book and do a one-paragraph report. Children younger than 7 may do a drawing about their book. Read five books to get a Hershey's chocolate bar.

The Vailsburg branch, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, will hold a "fun and surprises" program on the 3rd and 17th, from 11:00am to noon. The event may be an art & craft or a game.

The Roseville branch, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, presents several events during the month. On the 1st and 2nd, from 10:30am to noon, children of all ages are invited to learn more about Harriet Tubman’s "Personal Progress Rail" during a "reading time" and by creating their own personal progress rail. On the 13th, from 11:00am to noon, and on the 14th, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, children may express their love to family and friends by writing poems, drawing pictures and coloring pictures. On the 15th and 16th, from 10:30am to 11:30am, children are invited to write poems and learn about African American poets. On the 20th, from 11:00am to noon and from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, children will learn about artist Simmie Knox and create their own art booklet by drawing their favorite animal, flower, cartoon character, or whatever they wish. On the 28th, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, children may join the "soul train line" and dance to the music of James Brown, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Beyon'cé, Mariah Carey and Chris Brown, among others.

 

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