Newark Public Library announces June programs, including book signings, special Father’s Day events and the Summer Reading Challenge
The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced a schedule of programs for June, including several in celebration of Father’s Day and the kickoff for another Summer Reading Challenge. All of the library’s June 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.
Two exhibitions that opened in mid-April continue on view through mid-June at the Main Library. William J. Dane, the library’s Keeper of Prints, Posters and Works of Art on Paper, curated both shows.
The one on the second-floor gallery, entitled Shopping Bags: Infinite Design Solutions for an Everyday Product, is on view through June 17. It displays over 100 shopping bags that cover such specialized topics as music, food and drink, books, museums and seasons. The Library’s collection of over 1,000 bags has been actively assembled over the past 25 years—going back to the demand for bags in the 1970s. This is the seventh such exhibit in response to the fascination of a growing consumer marketplace for these portable and popular art forms.
The third-floor exhibition, entitled A Salute to Two Great 20th-Century Artists: Picasso and Lichtenstein, is on view until June 14. Carefully selected, the exhibit includes original prints, historic posters, notable art books, biographic materials and portrait photographs of two visual artists whose works dominate the international art world in contemporary times.
The exhibitions are free and open to the public during library hours: Monday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am to 5:30pm; Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am to 8:30pm. For more information call Mr. Dane at 973-733-7745.
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 June, 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, will sponsor two programs in June. For information call 973-733-5411.
There will be two musical performances at the Main Library, one on June 15, and the other on June 22. For more information on either program call the Library at 973-424-1831.
The Prudential Foundation has again provided the funding to sponsor the Library’s ever-popular reading and literacy program for Newark’s school children in grades pre-K through 8: the Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge. The program encourages children to include the adventure of reading in their summer activities. The theme for this year’s event is Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales! The program will run from June 26 to August 5.
A festive rally will kick off the Challenge. It will be held in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall on Tuesday, June 27, from 10:00am to noon. This fun event includes entertainment by Beth & Scott and Friends—who will present "Just Wild About Books," refreshments, and a free gift. Corky, the Library’s Kids’ Place web site mascot, will also greet the children.
In addition to the Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge, the Library has planned a host of "Summer Fun" programs in all of its children’s rooms: board and computer games, puzzles, movies, arts and crafts, and story time. Activities differ at each branch. For more information and a schedule, visit www.npl.org/Pages/KidsPlace/calendar.html or stop by any of the children’s rooms.
The Branch Brook branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, will hold two programs:
The Madison branch library, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090, will celebrate the first day of summer on Wednesday, June 21 from 2:45 to 5:00pm. The program is for all—from preschoolers to adults. Topics of discussion include the Summer Reading Challenge and other summer fun activities. Light refreshments will be served.
The Main Library Children’s Room will hold several programs during the month. For more information call 973-733-7797.
The North End branch, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7766, will celebrate "dads and grads" on Saturday June 17 from 10am to noon. Be on hand for the "eats and treats."
The Vailsburg branch, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, will hold "Fun and Surprises" events on Saturday, June 10 and 24, from 11:00am to noon. Children of all ages can join in a surprise activity that can be a game or an art & craft.
The Van Buren branch, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will hold two programs:
The Weequahic branch, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751, invites children (pre-K through 8th grade) to a "Father’s Day Craft" on Wednesday, June 14 from 3:30 to 4:30pm.
During June there will be five Saturday Programs @ the Branches events, a series that is funded by a grant from the Newark Public Schools. The series concludes for the year with the June programming.
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The Newark Public Library celebrated National Library Week in April by holding its popular "Create-Your-Own-Book" challenge for children in grades pre-K and up. The "book" could be a play, a poem, a story, a diary or a wordless story of pictures or photographs.
A panel of judges reviewed the more than 400 entries and selected the top winners in the two grade-level categories (K to 3 and 4 to 8).
"All of the entries in the Challenge were of winner-caliber," said Michele Cappetta, the library’s youth services coordinator, "making it difficult for the judges to select the top winners in each category." Each winner receives a bookstore gift certificate.
In addition to the prizes, see the top winners’ entries on the Library’s Kids’ Place web site at www.npl.org/Pages/KidsPlace/Spotlight/create2006.html.
Following is the list of the top winners—by grade category—including the title of their book, branch-library affiliation, school and grade.
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