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Newark Public Library announces March programs, including Family Week at the Theatre events
Press Release February 22, 2007
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 March, highlighted by Family Week at the Theatre, an annual statewide festival that encourages families to attend professional theater together and enjoy the magic of live productions. All of the Library’s March 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—The Creativity and Imagination of African-American Women Writers in New Jersey (2nd-floor gallery), and A Salute to Grad Associates: One Hundred Plus One (3rd-floor gallery)—conclude on March 3.

Five branch libraries will hold a Family Week at the Theatre event: Van Buren, Springfield, Weequahic, North End, and Vailsburg.

The Van Buren branch, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will present Peacemaker by David Holman on Saturday, March 3 at 11:00 am. This George Street Playhouse production, which is recommended for ages 7 and up, tells of the Blues and the Reds who have lived on either side of the Wall for decades. Interaction is forbidden, and both communities live in an atmosphere of fear, suspicion, and mistrust. But when Simp, a curious young Red, meets a Blue for the first time, they learn they have a great deal to offer one another, and an unexpected friendship blossoms. Peacemaker has always been a joyful experience for the students and teachers alike. This 35-minute play is immediately followed by a 25-minute workshop, in which the teaching artists discuss the themes of the play with age-appropriate activities. Encouraging audience participation, Peacemaker is a charming parable of our increasingly diverse society, promoting an end to prejudice based on what people look like or where they come from.

On Saturday, March 3, at 11:00 am, the Springfield branch, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, will present a Young Audiences of New Jersey production of Genies, Lamps and Dreams: Tales of the Arabian Nights, written by Joey Madia. The performance, which is suitable for ages 5 and up, takes the audience on a flying carpet traveling back in time! In this all-new telling of the tales of the Arabian Nights, Youth Stages will transport you to the Sultan's palace in the Persian Empire in 803 AD. Debby Stewart and Jim Folly re-create the tales of The Genie and the Fisher Woman, Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin and the Genie, and Ali Baba and the Sticky Thieves! With a great deal of audience participation, Youth Stages makes these tales accessible to young children as they become bakers and birds, fish and frogs, and doors that say "Open Sesame!"

The Weequahic branch, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751, presents New Kid by Denis Foon, on Tuesday, March 6, at 3:30 pm. New Kid is the story of an immigrant family from a fictitious place called "Homeland." When the family arrives in America, they discover a new culture and unexpected prejudice against Homelanders. This clever play’s device has the Homelanders speaking English and the Americans speak a made-up gibberish language, allowing the audience to understand what it is like to be overwhelmed by a new language and new customs. New Kid remains the Touring Theatre’s most successful program, addressing racism, prejudice, peer pressure, and conflict resolution. Students will relate to the issues in New Kid: moving to a new place, being the outsider, making and keeping friends. New Kid is a useful presentation for new student orientations, Back to School Nights, multi-cultural celebrations, conflict resolution programs, and school themes such as bullying, respect, and tolerance. A George Street Playhouse production recommended for ages 7 and up.

On Wednesday, March 7, at 3:30 pm, the North End branch, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7766, will present a Young Audiences of New Jersey production of Genies, Lamps and Dreams: Tales of the Arabian Nights, written by Joey Madia. The performance, which is suitable for ages 5 and up, takes the audience on a flying carpet traveling back in time! In this all-new telling of the tales of the Arabian Nights, Youth Stages will transport you to the Sultan's palace in the Persian Empire in 803 AD. Debby Stewart and Jim Folly re-create the tales of The Genie and the Fisher Woman, Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin and the Genie, and Ali Baba and the Sticky Thieves! With a great deal of audience participation, Youth Stages makes these tales accessible to young children as they become bakers and birds, fish and frogs, and doors that say "Open Sesame!"

The Vailsburg branch, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, will present The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 am. Intended for audiences aged 5 and up, the performance is from the story by C.S. Lewis, dramatized by le Clanche du Rand, and produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company. In this unique adaptation of the classic tale, all the roles are played by two performers—with some audience participation. This imaginative and whimsical interpretation stars Laurie Hardy and Joey Rizzolo. Their dynamic acting, accentuated by simple costumes and set, allows young people to create Narnia in their imaginations. Youth Stages, LLC is proud to bring this heroic tale of love, faith, courage and giving, a tale in which good triumphs over evil, to yet another generation of children.

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.

March 10, 11:00am, North End branch, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683: Dr. Electro's Science Party. Join Dr. Electro in becoming a junior scientist. Help him perform experiments that will make products you can touch and feel, even an experiment to make "slime."

March 17, 11:00am, Clinton branch, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754: Dr. Electro's Science Party. Join Dr. Electro in becoming a junior scientist. Help him perform experiments that will make products you can touch and feel, even an experiment to make "slime."

March 17, 11:00am, Branch Brook branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388: Ann Coppola and Kate Pak Present The Cat in the Hat. Join Ann Coppola and Kate Pak as they present a special program of The Cat in the Hat. These two actors will send the audience on a journey of silliness in the style of the famous cat. It will be a fun-sprinkled experience for all children, with jokes and stories and fun adventures.

March 24, 11:00am, First Avenue branch, 282 First Avenue, 973-733-8091: Ann Coppola and Kate Pak Present The Cat in the Hat. Join Ann Coppola and Kate Pak as they present a special program of The Cat in the Hat. These two actors will send the audience on a journey of silliness in the style of the famous cat. It will be a fun-sprinkled experience for all children, with jokes and stories and fun adventures.

March 24, 11:00am, Madison branch, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090: Dr. Electro's Science Party. Join Dr. Electro in becoming a junior scientist. Help him perform experiments that will make products you can touch and feel, even an experiment to make "slime."

March 31, 11:00am, Springfield branch, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736: Dr. Electro's Science Party. Join Dr. Electro in becoming a junior scientist. Help him perform experiments that will make products you can touch and feel, even an experiment to make "slime."

March 31, 11:00am, Weequahic branch, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7752: 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!

On March 24, the program from the Library’s "Hooray for Children" series features Beth and Scott Bierko in Live in Concert, an audience-participation fun event for the entire family. The program, which is great music that informs and entertains, begins promptly at 2:00 pm in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall.

The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society will celebrate Women’s History Month on the March 7 with a lecture and book signing by Frances Clayton Gray, author of Born to Win: The Authorized Biography of Althea Gibson. The program will be held in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall, beginning at 6:30 pm. For more information on the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society or this program, patrons may call the Library at 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, Internet, Creating a Résumé). For more information on the calendar of classes for March, please call 973-733-3603, or visit www.npl.org/Pages/Computers/.

The Branch Brook branch library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388 (children’s programs), 973-733-7760 (adult programs), has planned several events for March:

  • Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a rhyming game and a fun craft.
  • Monday, March 12 at 11:00 am: Moms and babies (birth to 2 years) are invited to meet and interact.
  • Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Children may celebrate Women’s History Month by writing a letter to their favorite women.
  • Friday, March 16, from 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm, there will be a St. Patrick’s Day Open House, featuring holiday-related food and music. In the Children’s Room children may make a holiday craft.
  • Wednesday, March 21, between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm, the Adult Room will host a book discussion of the works of Maya Angelou and Terry McMillan.
  • Monday, March 26 and Friday, March 30 at 11:00 am: A storytime at which stories about spring will be read and shared.

The Roseville branch library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, has three events in March:

  • Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading a book and creating a colorful hat.
  • Monday, March 5 and Thursday, March 8, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am: Children of all ages are welcome to learn about women’s history by stating which women should be included and why.
  • Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am: Children of all ages are welcome to celebrate spring with reading and arts & crafts.

The Weequahic branch library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751, is presenting the following March programs:

  • Friday, March 2, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 103rd birthday and participate in Read Across America Day.
  • In addition to viewing a month-long book display on women in all fields of life, children may celebrate Women’s History Month on Wednesday, March 7, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm by viewing movies that celebrate women’s contributions.
  • Wednesday, March 14, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Children (pre-K to 8th grade) can make a picture frame for an important female family member and also make a card to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

 

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