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Newark Public Library announces January programs, including those in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Press Release December 14, 2006
Media only, please contact:
J. Dennis Papp
(973) 733-7798; dpapp@npl.org

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for January, including several events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All of the Library’s January 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 www.npl.org/Pages/KidsPlace/calendar.html for children’s programs.

The two current exhibitions at the Main Library conclude at the beginning of January, and two new exhibitions will begin at the middle/end of the month.

On view on the third-floor gallery through January 6 is A Gala Graphic Arts Celebration of the March of General George Washington and the American Revolutionary Army in Newark in November of 1776. It features original prints, autographs, historic posters and maps from the Special Collections Division of the Library. Also included are prints and other works of art on paper on the City of Newark and the Garden State, spanning numerous generations from 1776 through 2006. William J. Dane, the Library’s Keeper of Prints, Posters, and Works of Art on Paper, is the curator of the exhibition. For further information, please call Mr. Dane at 973-733-7745.

The second-floor-gallery show, entitled A Window to Your Government: An Exhibition Celebrating the Centennial of the Federal Documents Depository, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Depository at The Newark Public Library. Curated by Laura Saurs, Regional Depository Librarian, it concludes on January 13. It features numerous cases and wall displays devoted to such major topics as "America the Beautiful," "Space Exploration," "Invention & Innovation," "Land, Water, Flora & Fauna," and "Famous Names." For more information, please call Ms. Saurs at 973-733-7812.

This year’s Black History Month exhibition is unique in that a one-of-a-kind book was the inspiration for it. African American Women Writers in New Jersey, 1836-2000 is the only reference work to identify and document the lives, intellectual contributions, and publications of more than 100 African-American women writers in the Garden State from 1836 through 2000. And the exhibit is the first of its kind in New Jersey.

The book, which is more than "just" a compilation, is the inspiration of Sibyl E. Moses, PhD. A native Newarker, Dr. Moses is the Reference Specialist in African-American History and Culture at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Dr. Moses spent more than 20 years on original research, conducting countless interviews to bring these writers’ stories to life. Poets, novelists, and authors born in New Jersey or living in the state for at least 15 years are featured.

"This salute to African-American women writers is a natural for us at the Library," affirmed Library Director Wilma J. Grey. "It is the highlight of our annual Black History Month celebration."

The majority of items on display—including books, letters, photographs, and other artifacts—are on loan from the personal collections of Dr. Moses. The show will be on view from January 22 through March 3 on the second-floor gallery during library hours.

A grand-opening reception will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. It will include a book signing with Dr. Moses.

For more information about the reception or the exhibition, please call the James Brown African-American Room at 973-733-5411.

A gala exhibition of architectural drawings, photographs and precise models and relevant historic records will celebrate the 101 years of the GRAD Associates of Newark. Entitled A Salute to GRAD Associates: One Hundred and One; and A Selection of Great Books on Architectural History, the exhibition will be on view on the third-floor gallery from January 11 through March 3. As one of city’s most successful architectural firms, GRAD Associates has a unique record of accomplishment for public and commercial structures of recognized distinction. In addition to the visual record of GRAD, this dual-themed show includes a few of the notable books from the Library’s Special Collections that encompass the great saga of architectural history.

Frank Grad, the firm’s founder, was born in Vienna and, after architectural studies, set up his organization in Newark in 1906. Joined by his sons, Howard and Bernard, GRAD Associates flourishes today with contemporary projects for a variety of purposes and sites. A few of their historic Newark buildings include the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association, the Mosque Theater (now known as Symphony Hall), and Beth Israel Hospital.

Some of the notable books showcase such personalities as Gaudí, Addison Mizner, Piranesi, and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as picturing the Imperial Palaces of Peking.

For more information on this display of regional and historic architecture call the Library at 973-733-7745, or visit www.npl.org.

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 January, please call 973-733-3603, or visit www.npl.org/Pages/Computers/.

The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which is dedicated to discussing books on the African Diaspora, has no scheduled events for January; its February 7 event celebrates Black History Month with a staged reading of James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner. The program will be held in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall, beginning at 6:30pm. For more information on either the program or the Society itself, patrons may call 973-733-5411 or visit www.npl.org/Pages/ProgramsExhibits/fewh.html.

Hooray for Children, which presents quality live performances by puppeteers, storytellers, magicians and theater groups, will hold a program on January 20, 2007 entitled Raps, Rhymes ’N Reasons. 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. The program begins promptly at 2:00pm in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall. For more information, visit the Web site at www.npl.org/Pages/KidsPlace/Calendar/hfc.html.

The Newark Public Library is celebrating Martin Luther King Day 2007 with a number of programs system wide. The Main Library event, funded by Prudential Financial, will feature Alvin Poussaint’s discussion of the media and society, including comments on the Newark Riots in 1967. It takes place on Thursday, January 18, and will be held in Centennial Hall, beginning at 6:00pm. For more information call Anthony Clark at 973-424-1831.

Following are the programs to be held at the branch libraries.

The Branch Brook branch library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-7760, will show a magical film about Dr. King, entitled Our Friend, Martin, on Wednesday, January 10 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

The Clinton branch library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754, is holding two programs:

  • On Wednesday, January 10 at 3:30pm: “Our Kids Have a Dream” Newsletter. Children of all ages are invited to compose a poem or write a line celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Their writings will be included in the branch’s monthly newsletter.
  • On Wednesday, January 17 at 3:30pm: “I Have a Dream” Bookmarks. Children of all ages may celebrate their dream by creating a bookmark.

The Roseville branch library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, invites children of all ages to explain what Dr. King has done for them and how they should show respect for him. This program will take place on Friday the 12th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

The Vailsburg branch library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, has planned two programs:

  • On Monday, January 8, from 10:00am to 11:00am: Children of all ages are invited to a storytime during which they will learn about Dr. King’s life and hear stories that feature his beliefs and values.
  • On Friday, January 12, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm: Children of all ages will celebrate Dr. King’s birthday by designing a bookmark that pays tribute to him and celebrates the life of this great leader.

The Van Buren branch library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will ask children to remember Dr. King’s dream by creating a poster that illustrates their hopes for America and their lives.

The Weequahic branch library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751, will show a movie, entitled A Boy Called King, which depicts the life of Dr. King, on Thursday January 11 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

 

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